What is undead will never die, at least not in the movies. Zombies have been a staple of horror for decades. They come out of their graves and walk around aimlessly, becoming a part of our collective unconscious. Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that filmmakers keep coming up with new, scary ways to show a threat to our very existence.
Zombies cause both a lot of damage and a breakdown in society. Their mindless hordes will always destroy any sign of civilization. By messing up the ideas of death and rebirth, zombies can be seen as a religious sign of the end of the world. On a social and economic level, a zombie is nothing more than a soulless, brain-dead consumer who is a sign of the larger systems that make us all slaves.
In other words, the zombie is both a metaphor with many layers and a scary idea in and of itself, even on a basic level. On this list of 10 great zombie movies that are now streaming on Netflix, you’ll find character-driven dramas, action-packed epics, and even a surprisingly moving animated film. This variety shows, above all else, how popular zombie movies still are.
Cargo is an Australian post-apocalyptic horror drama movie from 2017 that was written by Yolanda Ramke and directed by Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke. It is based on their 2013 short film of the same name.
Martin Freeman, Simone Landers, Anthony Hayes, David Gulpilil, Susie Porter, and Caren Pistorius are among the actors who are in the movie. It was first shown at the Adelaide Film Festival on October 6, 2017, and it came out in theatres in Australia on May 17, 2018.
On May 18, 2018, Netflix put it out everywhere except in Australia, and it came out on Netflix in Australia on November 16, 2018.
9.) Army of the Dead
Before DC brought Zack Snyder’s big-budget sensibilities to the superhero genre, he made “Dawn of the Dead” in 2004. This was one of the best zombie movies of the last decade. It was a reboot that stuck to the themes of George A. Romero’s original but moved faster.
It was lean, mean, and just right. Since then, everything has changed for Snyder, and his big return to zombie horror is appropriately bigger, making the Vegas strip a hub of undead filth. Fans of “Watchmen” will tell you that the opening credits sequence is Snyder’s speciality.
It shows this takeover as a series of slow-motion tableaus: people hit the jackpot and get torn apart, an undead Elvis impersonator is crushed by a falling Eiffel Tower replica, and planes explode into skyscrapers as the city falls into chaos.
Set to a cover of “Viva Las Vegas” by Richard Cheese (who covered Disturbed’s “Down with the Sickness” in Snyder’s “Dawn”), the scene sets a tone of bitter, nihilistic irony that is kept by the film’s heist plot.
Dave Bautista plays a haunted mercenary who is leading a team to steal $200 million from a casino basement. “Army of the Dead” throws zombie tigers and horses in their way, but an undead king and queen who rule over a bloodthirsty civilization in the ruins of Sin City are the biggest threat to the thieves. Snyder’s “Army of the Dead” is an epic about zombies.
It has a lot of bloody violence on a big screen, as only one of Hollywood’s most creative visual artists could do.
8.) Alive (2020 film)
Alive (Korean: RR: #Saraitda) is a zombie movie coming out in South Korea in 2020. Cho Il-Hyung is in charge of making it. It stars Yoo Ah-in and Park Shin-Hye and is based on the 2019 script Alone by Matt Naylor, which is also being made into a movie.
Naylor and Cho worked together to turn their script into a movie. During a zombie apocalypse, the movie is about a video game live streamer who has to stay alone in his Seoul apartment to try to stay alive. It came out in South Korea on June 24, 2020, and everywhere else on September 8, 2020, via Netflix. Most critics had good things to say.
7.) Ladronas de Almas
In “Ladronas de Almas” (“Soul Thieves”) by Juan Antonio de la Riva, rebels search for lost gold during the Mexican War for Independence.
When they find a hacienda with only the wheelchair-bound owner, Agustn Cordero (Ricardo Dalmacci), his three beautiful daughters, Maria (Sofa Sisniega), Roberta (Natasha Dupeyrón), and Camila (Ana Sofa Durán), and a Haitian servant, Indalesio (Harding Junior), they decide to take the treasure and the women who don’t seem to be
But the rebels soon find out that these women control an army of the dead, turning what could have been an easy victory into a terrifying fight to stay alive. “Ladronas de Almas” is a classy and energizing throwback to the subtle supernatural chillers that Val Lewton oversaw for RKO Studios in the 1940s. Its simplicity and surprisingly high production values are what make it most refreshing.
The slick and moody camerawork of De la Riva and the movie’s love of evocative shadow play gives the whole thing an air of strange, lingering mystery. The story, on the other hand, seems like a fun mix of “The Beguiled” and “I Walked with a Zombie,” even though stagey acting and special effects make the movie feel even more dramatic.
Ultimately, “Ladronas de Almas” feels almost like an extended episode of a forgotten Mexican soap opera or a lost relic from the country’s mid-20th century boom when filmmakers like Fernando Méndez, Rafael Baledón, and Chano Urueta were ushering in a golden age of horror, inspired by both RKO’s black-and-white chillers and Hammer’s darker Gothics.
6.) Kingdom: Ashin of the North
Kingdom (Korean: RR: Kingdom) is a 2019 South Korean political period horror thriller streaming TV show created and written by Kim Eun-hee. It is based on the webtoon series The Kingdom of the Gods (:) by Kim Eun-hee and Yang Kyung-il.
It started on January 25, 2019, and was Netflix’s first original Korean show. It stars Ju Ji-hoon, Ryu Seung-ryong, Bae Doo-na, Kim Sang-ho, Kim Sung-kyu and Kim Hye-jun. Except for most of the second season, which was directed by Park In-je, all of the episodes of the show were directed by Kim Seong-hun.
5.) Resident Evil: Extinction
Resident Evil: Extinction is a horror-action movie from 2007 that was written by Paul W. S. Anderson and directed by Russell Mulcahy. It is the third film in the Resident Evil series, which is based on the same-named survival horror video game series by Capcom.
It is a direct sequel to Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) and is the third film in the series. In the movie, the main character, Alice, and a group of survivors from Raccoon City try to get to Alaska by crossing the Mojave desert wilderness. They are trying to get away from a zombie apocalypse.
The 2012 American stop-motion animated dark fantasy comedy horror film ParaNorman was written and directed by Chris Butler. Sam Fell and Chris Butler worked together to make the movie.
Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jodelle Ferland, Bernard Hill, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Elaine Stritch, Tempestt Bledsoe, Alex Borstein, and John Goodman all lend their voices to the movie.
The movie was made by Laika. It is the first stop-motion movie with character faces made with a 3D colour printer and only the second movie ever shot in 3D. In the movie, Norman, a young boy who can talk to ghosts, is asked to break a curse put on his Massachusetts town by a witch 300 years ago.
Focus Features put out the movie ParaNorman on August 17, 2012. It got mostly good reviews from critics, who liked the animation and humour. It was a modest success at the box office, making $107 million worldwide on a $60 million budget.
The movie was up for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film that year, but Brave by Pixar won both.
3.) Resident Evil: Afterlife
The 2010 action horror movie Resident Evil: Afterlife was written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. Anderson hasn’t been in charge of a Resident Evil movie since the first one, but he’s back in charge with this one.
It is the fourth film in the Resident Evil series, which is loosely based on the same-named video game series, and the first to be shot in 3D. It is a direct sequel to Resident Evil: Extinction (2007). Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn Roberts, Spencer Locke, Boris Kodjoe, and Wentworth Miller are among the actors who are in it.
Ravenous is a Western horror movie from 1999 about cannibals. It was directed by Antonia Bird, and Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, Jeffrey Jones, and David Arquette were all in it. The movie is about cannibalism in California in the 1840s, and some parts are like the stories of the Donner Party and Alferd Packer.
The story of Packer, which is told in a few paragraphs of Dashiell Hammett’s The Thin Man, was one of the things that gave screenwriter Ted Griffin ideas for Carlyle’s character. The unique score for the movie by Michael Nyman and Damon Albarn got a lot of attention.
The production of the movie didn’t get off to a good start because the original director, Milcho Manchevski, quit three weeks after the shooting began. Carlyle suggested that Bird should take his place, and Bird was chosen.
1.) It Comes At Night
It Comes at Night is an American psychological horror movie that came out in 2017. Trey Edward Shults wrote and directed the movie. Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Riley Keough are among the actors who play roles in it. The movie is about a family that hides in a forest while a very contagious disease spreads around the world.
The movie was shown for the first time at the Overlook Film Festival at Timberline Lodge in Oregon on April 29, 2017, and it came out in theatres in the US on June 9, 2017. It was liked by critics but not as much by the general public, and it made over $20 million around the world.