The 37 greatest zombie triumphs

24. Stubbs the Zombie (zombie)

Stubbs, the star of Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel without a Pulse, is one of the few playable videogame zombies, and probably has the best sense of humor of any zombie I’ve seen. Stubbs is also notable for inspiring the absurd remark from Joe Lieberman that the game’s “cannibalism” is “the worst kind of message to kids.”

Developer Wideload Games responded in the only way it could: “Stubbs fails all the classic litmus tests for cannibalism. He does not wear a bone through his nose. He does not help FBI agents track down serial killers. He has not written a cookbook. He is not named Jeffrey Dahmer. The list goes on and on. Stubbs is a zombie. Thus the title Stubbs the Zombie. Zombies eat brains. That’s what they do. Stubbs cannot just saunter into the cafeteria and order a plate of Freedom Fries. He has to fight for his meals. In fact, actual cannibals only make it harder for Stubbs to eat, which is why this “cannibalism” story is insulting as well as injurious. It’s no surprise that the all-human media cartel resorts to distortions and name-calling; their anti-zombie bias has been evident for decades, and Stubbs is just the newest target.”

23. Plague of the Dead (novel)

R. A. Zecht’s Plague of the Dead has everything you’d expect from a zombie story: a scientist whose warnings weren’t heeded, a virus that turns humans into ¬ flesh craving beasts, worldwide panic, bloody military/zombie clashes. It doesn’t disappoint.

22. Fido (film)

It’s a boy and his dog movie, except the dog is a zombie who, to the boy’s dismay, eats one of the neighbors. Fido has been compared to Shaun of the Dead for its deadpan comedy, though it’s a bit less of a gory zombie flick and more of a strangely heartwarming satire of modern culture through the lens of ’50s family values and pulp films. Just see it.

21. Zombies Ate My Neighbors (game)

LucasArts’ classic SNES/Sega Genesis/Mega Drive horror spoof is a simple run-around-and-shoot-the-undead game crammed full of horror parodies. While it may not be the best gameplay experience ever devised, its absurd charm (highlighted by spoofy levels like “Evening of the Undead,” “Nightmare on Terror Street,” and “Seven Meals for Seven Zombies”) earns it a lot of respect. The game is beloved enough to have earned a reference in Shaun of the Dead, in which its premier mode of transportation —jumping over fences via trampoline — is mimicked.

20. The Serpent and the Rainbow (novel)

The Serpent and the Rainbow was written by a Harvard grad (Wade Davis) about his experiences in Haiti discovering the secrets of Voodoo magic and zombies. The book has been mostly brushed aside as mysticism by the scientific community, but it’s nevertheless an entertaining and informative exploration of some of the real origins of zombies. The film of the same name is only loosely based on the book, and is an okay watch, though the book’s author called it “one of the worst Hollywood movies in history.”

19. White Zombie (film)

White Zombie represents the first appearance of a zombie in film. The film’s villain, a jealous plantation owner in Haiti, turns his friend’s fiancée into a zombie to convince him she’s dead, and then revives and attempts to woo her once he’s gone. It was a groundbreaking film at the time, and influenced many of the horror films which followed it. And the full movie is available free… right below this text, even.

18. Wild Zero (film)

Japanese cult classic Wild Zero pits the greatest rock band in the world (Guitar Wolf) against an alien invasion and subsequent undead rising. If that sentence alone didn’t convince you to watch it, how about this: the hero rides a motorcycle with a custom liquor holder and plays a guitar which contains a concealed samurai sword. This film will change your life — mostly because you will want to scream “ROCK AND ROOOOOOOOLLLL!!!” constantly, and your less cultured friends will slowly begin to desert you. Who cares though? ROCK AND ROOOOOOOOLLLL!!!

17. The Evil Dead (film series)

Sam Raimi may now be best known for Spider-Man, but that’s not why he has a special place in our hearts. We love him for writing (sometimes co-writing) and directing three of the most brilliantly campy horror flicks ever: The Evil Dead, The Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness. In them, Bruce Cambell earned an even specialer place in our hearts for his role as Ash Williams, the sometimes timid, sometimes badass retail employee who, by the end of the series, has a chainsaw for an arm and more memorable one-liners than inches of chin. “Hail to the king, baby.”


  • 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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