The 37 greatest zombie triumphs

You don’t have to see or play absolutely everything on this list to be a proper zombie connoisseur, but you should at least know them. These are the genre’s defining relics. Some are responsible for the very creation of the zombie mythos, others adapted and advanced it, while the rest simply encapsulate it so exquisitely that they must be experienced. This may not be everyone’s definitive list of zombie lore (it’s an amalgamation of my opinions and the opinions of my fellow editors, friends, and various random forum users), but it’s at least close. If your favorite game or film is missing, just assume that I totally meant to include it. Or that I just have a different opinion than you. Or write an angry comment berating me… whatever floats your corpse.

37. Zombie Liu Kang (zombie)

The protagonist of the Mortal Kombat series debuted in zombie form in MK: Deception and reappeared in MK: Armageddon. In general, if your series is starting to get a bit stale, make one of the characters a zombie (or do a mashup with DC, whatever). This could work for so many things — Zombie Master Chief, Zombie Gordon Freeman, Zombie Mario. Perhaps we could even see a return of Stubbs the Zombie if they rezombi¬ed him and made him Stubbs the Zombie the Zombie.

36. The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (film)

Also known as Do Not Speak Ill of the Dead, Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, and Don’t Open the Window, this classic Italian/Spanish film predates (and helped inspire)the European zombie phenomenon that brought Lucio Fulci to the forefront of the genre. Though it draws much of its inspiration from Night of the Living Dead, it’s no knockoff. A subtle, carefully paced film with plenty of gore and anti-establishment subtext, The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (among other names) shouldn’t be overlooked by any student of the genre.

35. Resident Evil 4 Chainsaw Controller (product)

This is no piece of old Mad Catz junk — the RE4 Chainsaw Controller is the pinnacle of novelty controllers. Even its packaging is stunning.

It’s available for the GameCube and PS2, and while we don’t necessarily recommend using it to, you know, play games, it’s a brilliant collector’s item.

34. The Dead Shall Inherit the Earth (novel)

Space, ultra-violent zombies, a team of mercenaries… take a bunch of good things and combine them and you always get something better. Vince Churchill’s debut is scattered with brilliantly horrifying moments, and his zombies are some of the nastiest —an extrasolar colony infected by a disease that highlights their most violent instincts. The novel is imbued with an unsettling atmosphere of alienation and fear that should hook any zombie horror fan. Also check out Churchill’s equally brutal The Blackest Heart.

33. Zombie Walks (event)

zombie walk or mob is an organized event during which, if you hadn’t guessed from the name, a horde of zombified civilians shuffle through city streets attracting confused stares and quickly drawn camera phones. Sometimes political, sometimes just for kicks, zombie walks are a growing worldwide phenomenon. (Photo courtesy of Andrew Rivett) 

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  • Fishow753 - October 27, 2009 9:15 p.m.

    Wow Tyler, you are really milking that zombie special you did for oxm to its fullest extent.
  • Cyberninja - October 27, 2009 9:20 p.m.

    how does that chainsaw controller work?
  • penguinsrule3 - October 27, 2009 9:37 p.m.

    Um... I guess I was wrong when I thought that any zombie fan would put THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE by max brooks on their list, that was a screw up weather or not you forgot to put it on the list. Other than that good article
  • Aforextreme - October 27, 2009 9:44 p.m.

    Great article, Tyler. But, I have to ask: where the hell is Zombieland?!
  • Samael - October 27, 2009 9:50 p.m.

    So Zombie Survial Guide or World War Z? Super fail. I also just can't take Infected by Scott Sigler seriously. Triangle bugs? Are you kidding? Otherwise a good list from TJ/Ty-Wi Wilde.
  • Koouunn - October 27, 2009 10:24 p.m.

    man, cant wait for n evil dead 3. but i have a feeling it will never come : (
  • CH3BURASHKA - October 27, 2009 10:50 p.m.

    With such a comprehensive list, I feel ashamed for not having consumed more zombie media. I'm adding the books and movies to my to do list as I write. Still haven't seen Evil Dead series, despite my friend's nagging. PS EVERYONE WATCH BURN NOTICE BRUCE CAMPBELL IS AWESOME @Aforextreme: Good call - Zombieland is the shit.
  • sl33pythyme - October 27, 2009 11:05 p.m.

    I thought Dead Rising was 72 hours not 48
  • onewingedantista - October 27, 2009 11:13 p.m.

    You should have included World War Z (, which is one of the best books I have ever read, period. It is also a great account of a worldwide zombie epidemic.
  • GamerTagsSuck - October 27, 2009 11:43 p.m.

    Yeah, where's World War Z and Zombie Survival Guide. ZSG is practically the Bible of zombie surviving-ness.
  • DrHenryKillinger - October 27, 2009 11:47 p.m.

    Another vote for World War Z. Just curious: was this considered and rejected, or simply overlooked? Also, awesome article, can't wait to catch up on my zombie education--to the library!
  • WilyBoy - October 27, 2009 11:59 p.m.

    Excellent article. It's a good checklist for anyone wishing to be a zombie aficionado.
  • Doctalen - October 28, 2009 12:19 a.m.

    Why did you put 28 Days Later when its sequel, 28 Weeks Later is the first horror movie that made me actually care about the characters and what they did. If it because it is a sequel to 28 Days Later, that's some what understandable but still its better then the first.
  • metalgatesolid - October 28, 2009 12:22 a.m.

    Wheres Peter Jacksons Braindead? The goriest film ever made hasnt made this list???? Outrage!!!! Please people search for it. Its amazing and is one of the best zombie films ever!!!!
  • Cadbury - October 28, 2009 12:25 a.m.

    Wtf? No mention of The Walking Dead comic books? Bad form, Jack.
  • Metroidhunter32 - October 28, 2009 12:26 a.m.

    No Sonny? He's the cleverest member of the undead I've ever seen.
  • matt588 - October 28, 2009 12:26 a.m.

    just recently saw return of the living dead. I now love intelligent zombies more than snarling feral zombies, I about fell out of my chair laughing when a zombie got on the radio and sent for more cops.
  • superdude22 - October 28, 2009 12:27 a.m.

    WOOOH Evil Dead
  • Cadbury - October 28, 2009 12:28 a.m.

    WTF?! No mention of the Walking Dead comics? Bad form, Jack.
  • Ninja-KiLLR - October 28, 2009 12:31 a.m.

    where is World War Z?!?! that was one of the best books i have ever read and actually made me feel like we survived a zombie invasion.

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