The 37 greatest zombie triumphs

32. Doom 3 (game)

While not a zombie game per se, the Doom series contains plenty of possessed humans with zombie-like attributes.

Despite what its detractors say (yes, it’s dark), Doom 3 is a damn scary game, and its zombies are some of the best (especially the one that jumps out from inside a bathroom stall).

31. Night of the Creeps (film)

This ’80s B-movie has everything: an alien invasion, an axe-wielding mental patient, zombies, young college students caught in the middle of it all... everything. It’s a bit spoof, a bit sincere, but mostly a great cult film and a tribute to the horror trendsetters that came before it. Unfortunately, it has yet to be released on DVD. Sadface.

30. COD: World at War’s Zombie Nazi Mode (game)

I’ve said it before: take any two similar things and put them together and you always get something better. Always. In this case it’s zombies and Nazis — arguably the two most common “you-don’t-feel-bad-about-shooting-them” enemies in videogames and film. id Software knew the combo was gold back when it made Wolfenstein, and Treyarch didn’t forget it when it included an endless barrage of the undead mega-enemies in a World at War unlockable co-op mode. And we were all worried that Treyarch would screw up the good thing Infinity Ward did with Call of Duty 4. We were so wrong.


29. Tarman from Return of the Living Dead (zombie)

The movie that redefined zombies as intelligent, brain-eating moaners also introduced one of my favorite undead characters, Tarman, a tar covered abomination whose loosely set eyeballs, dizzying gait, and surprisingly strong flesh-tearing teeth will forever remain in our hearts. He truly is a zombie’s zombie.

28. The Rising (novel)

Brian Keene’s zombies aren’t your standard “Romero zombies”—they’re intelligent, physically capable and a bit demonic.

Part sci-fi and part spiritualistic, The Rising is not a traditional zombie story. For that reason, among others, it has received mixed reactions from readers and reviewers. Still, it’s a solid apocalyptic scenario.

27. Typing of the Dead (game)

A spin-off of House of the Dead, Typing of the Dead is so ridiculous it’s brilliant. Players dispatch zombies by quickly and accurately typing words that appear onscreen, making it part typing tutor and part survival horror game. If you refuse to believe that typing can be fun, you’ve clearly never killed a zombie with the power of agile transcription. Originally released in arcades, Typing of the Dead has since been ported to the PC, Dreamcast, and PS2.

26. Bub from Day of the Dead (zombie)

Bub is possibly the first ever zombie who you’d want to give a big hug to. He’s certainly the most loveable zombie ever —a tame, kind, emotional undead friend to the wildly insane Dr. Logan. Bub has done a huge service to the zombie rights cause, proving that even a soulless, undead monster can love. Granted, some Romero fans were put off by the whole Bub thing, but he still deserves a place here for his uniqueness.

25. Re-Animator (film)

Re-Animator is one of the best examples of campy '80s horror. The 1985 film is based on Lovecraft's story about the experiments of Herbert West, a brilliant but unhinged Swiss student with an obsession for raising the dead. When his roommate sneaks him into the morgue, well, you've probably already guessed it — things don't quite go as planned. The film contains some of the most satisfyingly gory scenes in horror, and a few that are wonderfully disturbing.

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  • nikrusty - September 15, 2010 9:22 a.m.

    Stubbs the zombie rocks...pls make more for pc like that. I love being the zombie with humour Captcha - Experiment itudeamo
  • TheGodEmperor - November 5, 2009 7:57 a.m.

    No world war Z? Wtf, you guys are so fail it's unbelievable lol. That's by far the best Zombie book compared to the rest of that crap and better than almost every movie and game on that list. Left 4 Dead is overrated btw, not bad, but not up to the hype they promised.
  • randohsix - November 3, 2009 3:10 p.m.

    good article. its really interesting to think how widely zombies are used in games. i noticed that all the shortcuts for the games on my desktop have some form of zombie influence in it... WoW, D2:LoD, L4D, Guild Wars, Bioshock, Fallout 3, Stalker: Clear Sky, Half-life 2, Plants Vs. Zombies... zombies ftw
  • OddWoN ER - November 3, 2009 4:31 a.m.

    and where is I AM LEGEND? or even its precursors (please forgive me, i forget their names) and i'm sure there are a few other things... but otherwise good article
  • aliEnRIK - November 2, 2009 4:09 p.m.

    Im happy to see 'Return of the living dead' in there Truly an awesome film (Quality soundtrack too)
  • Jedipimp0712 - November 2, 2009 5:48 a.m.

    Night of the Living Dead brought to you with limited commercial interruption by none other than... DISNEY!! LMAO thats too funny. captcha = tiptoes Vetnamization ?? what the fuck?
  • Red_Badger - October 30, 2009 6:46 p.m.

    Morningstar Saga
  • Red_Badger - October 30, 2009 6:44 p.m.

    "Plague of the Dead" was written by Z.A. Recht, NOT R.A. Zecht. And you might as well throw in the fact that it's an ongoing trilogy known as the "MorningStar Strain". The second book is Thunder and Ashes, the third is on it's way. This series is quite possibly the best addition to zombie lore (literature wise) ever. This book has walking AND running zombies and a very clever explanation as to why. Like Zombies? MUST READ!
  • wraith509 - October 30, 2009 1:05 a.m.

    what?!?!? no zombie survival guide FAIL at least it had 28 days later on the list
  • mrandydixon - October 29, 2009 9:18 p.m.

    @Tyler First off, not trying to be a dick, these are just my thoughts... I did read the intro, and I do understand (and respect) having a difference of opinion. What I don't understand is how a chainsaw controller can be part of a "genre’s defining relics" when one of the most well-respected and frequently-referenced zombie authors of our time isn't. I went to a David Sedaris reading a few years back and he liked Brooks' books so much he brought them with him on tour and sold them at the autograph table, just to spread the word. Sounds pretty "genre defining" to me :)
  • RaIdEn - October 29, 2009 8:39 p.m.

    my cousin and her boyfriend went to zombie walk. she had him on a leash and wen they passed a pub he would go "beeeeeeeeeeeeer" haha i miss that guy
  • grappler51 - October 29, 2009 8:08 p.m.

    How can you not like World War Z?!?!? It's literally one of the best books I've ever read. I DEMAND you add it right now! Also, has anyone read Death Troopers, which just came out. It's a star wars zombie novel and is pretty good.
  • diddly - October 29, 2009 6:52 p.m.

    Man, usually these lists are dead on (pun intended) but one of if not the best piece of zombie literature on the market is "World War Z" written by Max Brooks. Truly a defining piece of art, it actually made me check to make sure their weren't zombies walking around on the streets.
  • montyburns - October 29, 2009 1:03 a.m.

    Hey! You forgot the Braindead (Dead Alive) film, from Peter Jackson...!!! Goriest movie of all times!!! Awesome!
  • Russianred90 - October 29, 2009 12:28 a.m.

    wild zero DO WANT
  • Champion - October 28, 2009 11:23 p.m.

    I was Surprised at the lack of Plants vs. Zombies
  • zenbater - October 28, 2009 11:13 p.m.

    Wow, looks like a zombie fans are a pretty harsh crowd. Allow me to add fuel to this flame. Night of the Creep IS available on both DVD and BlueRay: at least in Canada, cheers.
  • Samael - October 28, 2009 10:28 p.m.

    @Ty-Wi I kind of want to. Try as I might I just can't see how someone doesn't enjoy WWZ or ZSG. They're...they're just so good. Oh well...agree to disagree and to each his own and all that shit.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - October 28, 2009 10:01 p.m.

    LOL @ Brooks comments. I take it you all read the first paragraph. Yes, I'm not that into them. Sue me.
  • chairmanofthebar - October 28, 2009 9:14 p.m.

    "Night of the Creeps" was released on blu ray and DVD yesterday, 10/27/09. Go buy it.

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