There is nothing better for causing chills up and down your spine than a good, gory zombie movie. For some reason the human race enjoys watching shambling, flesh-eating, zombie like, dead people in movies, although they scare them senseless. Old zombie movies are beloved by the fans of the genre because they mix suspense with the blood and gore. Here is a list of the best old zombie movies for you to feast upon, beware though; they may just give you a spooky chill.
"Night of the Living Dead," was first released in 1968. Director George Romero is often credited with started the entire zombie craze with this classic B movie. The movie is based on the premise of radiation leaking from a satellite that has fallen from the sky. This severe leak causes the dead to rise from their graves and start hunting down living human beings. A group of people end up stranded in an abandoned farmhouse in the country, trying their best to stop the zombies from getting in.
The sequel to Romano's horror classic was titled "Dawn of the Dead," and featured more zombies and of course more gore. The movie was released in 1978. In this classic, America is under attack by none other than flesh-eating zombies. A small group of survivors hole up in a secluded shopping mall. The fight is on as the group of four struggles to make do with the supplies inside the mall as the zombies attempt to break in. This is a fun movie for people who like gore with their zombie films.
The 1968 release of "The Astro-Zombies" starred John Carradine and Wendell Corey. The story is about a crazy scientist who, upon being fired by the space agency where he has worked for years, decides to take it out on humankind. He murders innocent people then uses their body parts to assemble superhuman monsters. Of course, the zombies eventually break free and what results is a murder spree that attracts the attention of all federal agencies. It's up to these agencies to stop the zombies and the mad scientists before humans are made extinct.
The 1980 release of "The Children" brought the zombie craze to a different level by giving the world zombie children. A bus with five children on it drives through a toxic cloud of fumes generated by a chemical plant. The bus and the children's possessions are found by the local police but the children are gone from the bus. The toxic cloud has transformed these five innocents into zombies, who then turn on the fictional sleepy little town of Ravensback in New England.
The 1973 movie "The Crazies" is a classic zombie movie about a small town whose residents are being turned into zombies because of the inadvertent release of a biological military weapon. The movie follows two stories, one about the residents trying to survive the zombies and the soldiers who have been told to shoot on sight, and a side story of the U.S. military trying to figure out what went wrong and cover up their involvement, as well.
Whether they are comical or downright terrifying, zombie movies have been all the rage since George Romero's classic in 1968. If you're new to the genre, start with "Night of the Living Dead" and its sequel, "Dawn of the Dead." Fans who are already familiar with these classics can check out lesser known titles, such as "The Children," "The Astro-Zombies," and "The Crazies." Just be sure you have your zombie survival plan in place.