World cinema has explored the idea of zombie invasions; movies like ‘White Zombie (1932)’ and ‘I Walked With a Zombie (1943)’ are a couple of good examples. But it was George A. Romero who established zombies as a modern genre with a strong cult following, after his 1968 indie horror flick ‘Night of the Living Dead.’ Zombies erase the lines between horror, slasher and other gory genres. They bring everything disturbing and unsettling into one thing — zombie apocalypse. It’s a protean genre that evokes fear, terror, disgust, shock, suspense, and horror, all at the same time. With that said, here’s the list of really good zombie movies on Amazon Prime that are available to stream right now:
11. Psychomania (1973)
The horror-cult movie ‘Psychomania’ follows a gang of young people who unleash terror in their small town. The violent teen gang call themselves ‘the Living Dead’. Their leader, Tom Latham, is a psychopath who believes he has a deal with the devil. As per the deal, if the gang members kill themselves with a strong belief in the devil, they will return from the dead. Following their leader, the team members commit suicide one after another. But Tom’s belief doesn’t save them all, as one never returns from the dead. The new living dead gang reunites in a secret place to plan their horror propaganda. ‘Psychomania’ is directed by Don Sharp. The movie stars Nicky Henson, Beryl Reid, George Sanders, and Robert Hardy.
10. The Returned (2013)
The Spanish-Canadian thriller ‘The Returned’ is set in a world after a zombie invasion. Though the once infected ones lead a normal life, there is a threat looming over them. Soon, they will run out of the medicine that keeps them normal. As the patients take it to the streets with angry protests, a physician is on the run to save her infected husband. The government opens quarantine camps and starts widespread raids. When their family friend invites them to his house outside the city, the doctor takes her husband along with her. They have to avoid the raiding parties and angry mobs on the streets to reach the destination. ‘The Returned’ is directed by Manuel Carballo. The movie stars Emily Hampshire, Kris Holden-Ried, Shawn Doyle, and Claudia Bassols in major roles.
9. Cockneys vs Zombies (2012)
‘Cockneys vs Zombies’ is bank robbery meets zombie apocalypse. Terry MacGuire has planned a bank robbery along with his younger brother Andy. They are in dire need of money to save their grandfather Ray’s old-age home from demolition. Elsewhere in the city, a zombie outbreak starts spreading. Without knowing that, Terry assembles his gang and gathers weapons. But the robbery attempt goes awry and the police trap them inside the bank building. Terry and his men catch two women as hostages and run out of the building with a huge chunk of money. But the policemen outside the bank building are already killed by the zombie horde. Terry and his team manage to flee the scene in their van taking along the two hostages and money. By then, the zombies attack the old-age home. The grandfather and other inmates take refuge in the kitchen. Terry and the robbers need to stay away from the zombies and rescue their grandfather. ‘Cockneys vs Zombies’ is directed by Matthias Hoene. The movie stars Rasmus Hardiker, Harry Treadaway and Michelle Ryan in major roles.
8. The Night Eats the World (2018)
French zombie film ‘The Night Eats the World’ is based on the novel of the same name by Pit Agarman. The plot follows Sam, a musician who recently broke up with his girlfriend. He pays a visit to his ex-girlfriend’s house to retrieve some of his old things. Fanny, his ex, is hosting a party. Sam manages to find his things in the office but tension rises when his nose starts bleeding. Soon, he passes out as the party rocking outside turns into a zombie bloodbath. Sam wakes up the next morning to witness a city invaded by zombies. He finds Fanny as a zombie in the next room. Sam realizes that he is the only survivor and has to barricade himself to stay alive. Sensing the human presence, zombies start grouping around the apartment. Sam prepares for the final showdown and he realizes that there are other survivors. ‘The Night Eats the World’ is directed by Dominique Rocher. The movie stars Anders Danielsen Lie, Golshifteh Farahani and Denis Lavant in major roles.
7. City of the Living Dead (1980)
The Italian horror flick ‘City of the Living Dead’ is the first movie of the ‘Gates of Hell’ trilogy. The plot is set in a New England town of Dunwich. A priest commits suicide by hanging himself in the church cemetery. The tragic incident unlocks unimaginable horror when the walking dead arises from graves. Soon, the zombies invade the small town, transforming the townspeople into monsters. A journalist embarks on an adventurous mission to find the truth behind the outbreak. He teams up with a mysterious woman, Mary who had visions of the zombie outbreak days before. Together, they try to reveal the reason for the zombie invasion. They get help from another couple, a psychiatrist and his patient. The group also learns that if they can’t prevent the zombie outbreak before All Saints Day, the walking dead will spread across the world. ‘City of the Living Dead‘ is directed by Lucio Fulci. The film features Christopher George, Catriona MacColl and Carlo De Mejo in leading roles.
6. The Girl With All the Gifts (2016)
‘The Girl with All the Gifts’ is a futuristic zombie flick based on the novel by M.R. Carey. Somewhere in the future, a fungal infection has wiped out most of humanity from the face of the earth. The infected turn into flesh-eating zombies and spread the virus. The only hope of a small number of survivors is a group of hybrid kids who can still think and act. The special kids undergo forced lab tests under an ambitious scientist. The zombies invade the lab building and the scientist teams up with a teacher and two soldiers for a rescue mission. They take Melanie, ‘the girl with all the gifts‘, through the sea of zombies. The journey is vital for humanity because only Melanie can save it from the zombie invasion. But for that, the little girl has to come to terms with her gifts.
5. Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014)
‘Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead’ is an Icelandic-Norwegian zombie comedy that involves several Nazi zombies. The movie is a sequel to the 2009 film ‘Dead Snow.’ Set in a Nazi-occupied Iceland, ‘Red vs. Dead’ starts from the point where the ‘Dead Snow’ left Martin and his friends. He is the sole survivor and prey of a massive zombie outbreak in an Icelandic town.
In the first installment, Martin had taken away the zombie gold. In ‘Red vs. Snow’, he gives it back to them but forgets a single coin. Zombies come after him when they find that a gold coin is missing. Though Martin manages to escape the attack led by the evil Nazi commander Herzog, he ends up in a hospital. The doctors operate his severed arm and replace it with Herzog’s zombie arm found in Martin’s car. To make things more complex, the police charge him with the murder of his friends. Nobody believes his story about Herzog’s zombified Nazi army. Martin has no other option but to assemble his own army to take on the approaching walking dead. ‘Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead‘ is directed by Tommy Wirkola.
4. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
‘The Return of the Living Dead’ is a cult classic which introduces a horde of brain-hungry zombies. The horror starts unfolding when a warehouse foreman releases a mysterious toxic gas in an accident. The gas leaves him and his colleague unconscious. The incident also triggers a hazardous acid rain, which resurrects the dead in the graves of a nearby cemetery. The warehouse owner teams up with his two employees, a mortician friend, and a group of teen rock musicians to deal with the zombie outbreak.
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3. Night of the Living Deb (2015)
‘Night of the Living Deb’ is a hilarious take on the zombie invasion plot. The movie even takes a dig at cliches used in the zombie genre. The plot centers on Deb Clarington, an attractive single woman and a media person. She meets a charming man named Ryan on a lonely night. She learns that Ryan has broken up with his fiance over a disagreement. Deb tries to seduce him while Ryan’s fiance intervenes. Deb wakes up on Ryan’s bed the next morning. She can’t remember anything from the point of the fiance’s entry. Ryan asks her to leave his place. But Deb finds herself in the middle of a zombie apocalypse outside. She saves Ryan from a flesh-eating zombie and the two unlikely pair has no option but to stay together. As the zombies try to break in, Deb and Ryan realize how important it is to be with someone you can trust. ‘Night of the Living Deb‘ is directed by Kyle Rankin.
2. Rammbock: Berlin Undead (2010)
The German zombie flick ‘Rammbock: Berlin Undead’ tells the story of Gabi and Michael. The couple is separated after a noisy confrontation. They are living in different cities to avoid each other. When Michael arrives in Berlin to visit Gabi, he has two intentions in his mind: to return Gabi’s apartment keys, and save their relationship if possible. But a zombie apocalypse that erupts in the city turns his plans upside down. The zombies are preying on people and turning them into flesh-eating monsters. Gabi is not in her home and Michael teams up with a teen plumber, Harper, to defend the zombie horde. But they find themselves trapped inside the apartment block surrounded by zombies. ‘Rammbock: Berlin Undead’ is directed by Marvin Kren and features Michael Fuith, Theo Trebs, Anka Graczyk, and Emily Cox in major roles.
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1. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
‘Night of the Living Dead’ is a cult classic and a milestone in the history of the zombie genre. The movie follows seven people trapped in a farmhouse by a horde of flesh-eating zombies. They are growing at an exponential rate with more zombies arriving from the village. Barbra is a young woman who comes to visit her father’s tomb in the abandoned cemetery. She seeks shelter in the farmhouse when the zombies set her up. Ben, a young man who stops by to fill gas also finds shelter in the farmhouse. Barbra and Ben find five more people hiding from zombies in the basement. Together, they try to resist zombies who are becoming more aggressive. ‘Night of the Living Dead‘ is directed by George A. Romero. The filmmaker kick-started a wave of independent horror and is often billed as the father of the modern zombie genre.
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