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The Ten Best Zombie Media to Feed Your Brain

I only recently realized that I’ve gone gah-gah for the zombie genre. It kind of snuck up on me.

As zombies are prone to do.

VIDEO GAME: Dead Rising

Resident Evil has nothing on Dead Rising. And it never will, at least not until you can smash zombies with cash registers, park benches, dumbbells, hockey sticks, 50 caliber machine guns, cleavers, bowling balls, potted plants, and intestine-scattering power-punches.

It’s not wise to antagonize me while I’m wielding an electric guitar, dead man.

COMIC BOOK: The Walking Dead

Writer Robert Kirkland knows what Joss Whedon figured out a long time ago… the most fantastically absurd plot (a high school Valley girl is blessed with super-powers to save the world from vampires?) is rendered classic by compelling storytelling and characterization.

And so we have The Walking Dead, one of the three comic book titles I absolutely can’t forgo reading every month. (Another one is Kirkland’s Invincible.) Kirkland’s Battle Pope? Not so much. A bit heavy on the absurd plot, not enough of the… everything else.

NOVEL: World War Z

You know all those books and documentaries that feature interviews with World War II veterans, recounting their memories of the war? Yeah, World War Z is that… journalistic “interviews” with key players and survivors of the global Zombie War, set in the near future and incorporating contemporary socio-political issues in a mostly-serious, somewhat-tongue-in-cheek tone.

The only thing I have against the premise and execution of this book is that I didn’t think of it first.

MOVIE, HORROR: 28 Days Later

Ok, so don’t eat my brains for this, but the best scary zombie movie isn’t one by George Romero. 28 Days Later gets the nod because… what’s scarier than a hungry, rabid zombie? A hungry, rabid zombie with glowing, red eyes that can run faster than you can.

Plus, everything’s scarier in England. Just look at Posh Spice. For some reason, her anorexia is much less upsetting now that she lives here in the States. (Look at me, with my pop culture references.)

MOVIE, COMEDY: Shaun of the Dead

Don’t “Well, duh,” me. There’s actually another contender besides Shaun of the Dead. Treat yourself to Fido when it comes out on DVD.

TV SHOW: Pushing Daisies

Saying that Pushing Daisies is about zombies is like saying Lost is about tropical island vacation spots. It’s true in definition, but not in spirit. Sure, there are people brought back from the dead, but generally the undead are pretty agreeable, and at no point do they attempt or want to eat brains. In fact, the show is so cutesy and cuddly, it might make an actual zombie curdle up and die. Again.

Sadly, though, there are no other contenders for the title of Best Zombie TV Show since CBS dumped Babylon Fields from its Fall premiere schedule.

PORNOGRAPHY: Re-Penetrator

Re-Penetrator (NSFW) is a, um, re-imagining of the 1980s horror flick, Re-Animator. This XXX feature was introduced on BurningAngel.com, which seems to feature a lot of goth-looking girls in its pornos… which I guess is considered pretty avant-garde for the creative geniuses of the porn world.

Whatever. I haven’t even seen this movie. (Not that a flick about the 20-years-dead body of a stripper being reanimated by a vaginally-injected serum doesn’t sound fascinating.) It wins the title based on being the only entry… after an extensive review of the first two Google results for a search on “zombie porn”.

SONG: Rob Zombie’s More Human Than Human

Tell me that you don’t feel like putting baseball bat to zombie skull when you hear this song.

Or, at least, shaking your tiny, little fist defiantly at a zombie from behind safety glass and a barricaded door.


What, you thought I was going to suggest Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island? Maybe the zombies aren’t the only ones that need a good bludgeoning.

Check out the shovel-wielding zombie vigilante of Xombie.

MUSIC VIDEO: Michael Jackson’s Thriller

Also… worst zombie music video ever? Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

MJ wasn’t fully convincing as a reanimated corpse until the 1990s.

20 comments… add one
  • Cindi August 20, 2007, 9:10 am

    You saw Fido without me?

  • quietearth August 20, 2007, 9:58 pm

    Hey Snark,

    I really like your list but I gotta disagree with you on the movie (for one). The best zombie horror of all time is the original Dawn of the Dead (preferably the uncut version), and I would have to rank it probably the best film of all time. I definitely agree with you on the comic book, and World War Z is good, but my favorite zombie book(s) so far are the Book of All flesh series (they are short stories, some very bizarre). Also, the whole zombie thing snuck up on me too.. it’s just too cool.

  • Great White Snark August 20, 2007, 10:07 pm

    Yeah, I knew there’d be debate on the movie front… but I’m going to stand behind 28 Days Later, even if it’s just to be contrarian.

    So… there.

    Thanks for the heads-up on the Book of All Flesh series… I’m definitely going to see what it’s all about.

  • nickolai August 22, 2007, 8:31 am

    Can I just add something? I like zombies.

  • Cindi August 22, 2007, 9:20 am

    I’m happy for you, Nickolai.

  • nickolai August 22, 2007, 12:04 pm

    Thank you! Let me expound on that. I like their hunger, their single-minded perseverance, their inability to use even the simplest of tools, and the fact that anyone can become one.

    Would today’s problems of sexism, racism, religious over-zealousness and general non-tolerance disappear if zombies were part of the world? I think they would.

  • Great White Snark August 22, 2007, 12:22 pm

    I feel like we should break into song. Kum Ba Yah, anyone?

  • Rutger, the self-proclaimed zombie-expert August 22, 2007, 12:58 pm

    Hey man, I like the list, and must say that I agree with the lot. I haven’t played Dead Rising yet, but in my defense, I actually saw Re-Penetrator. It’s…interesting, to be polite. I luaghed my arse off. As for 28 Days Later, an unconventional choice, but a good one, never the less.
    Other than that, welcome to the world of zombies, my friend!

  • Great White Snark August 22, 2007, 1:04 pm

    Thanks, Rutger. It’s nice to be here. And I don’t mind the smell, at all.

  • Cindi August 22, 2007, 1:54 pm

    Nickolai, excuse me while I wipe away a tear. But GWS, I’d rather if you didn’t sing.

  • Paige August 23, 2007, 7:11 am

    This is an amazing article. I’m actually working on something semi-similar right now, ironically. Keep up the good work!

    p.s. The Walking Dead rocks!

  • Cindi August 23, 2007, 11:26 am

    GWS, is there any way for you to add “Email this post” functionality to the site? I went to send this to a friend, but had to do the old “cut-and-paste-the-URL” dance.

    It would be so cool if we could easily share your brilliance with others.

  • Great White Snark August 23, 2007, 4:43 pm

    Paige: Thanks, yo! Glad to hear I’m not the only one fixating on the undead.

    Cindi: Hush, and eat your greens. And cut-and-paste. (Ok, I’ll see what I can do.)

  • Keith August 24, 2007, 12:00 pm

    Did you read any of the Marvel Zombies series? Watching an zombified Spidey trying to eat Mary Jane and Aunt May is classic.

  • dave February 1, 2008, 10:41 pm

    the list has it’s ups and downs. but i must put my two cent as to the best “zombie, horror” pick you posted. the reason why it doesn’t sit with me is because, it is not a zombie movie. it is an infection movie. the scary running( i want to underline, running, cuz when you are walkdead, you are stiff, and seeing a stiff run, would look retarded) flesh eaters are not really dead. they are infected. they are stripped to basic savage animal needs. and it so happens that live flesh taste better than dead flesh. but they are not zombies…

    but still it is a good infection flick…

  • Bradley March 7, 2008, 9:02 pm

    I luv zombies…if you want more zombie stuff. check out this site for some FlASH ZOMBIE GAMES, tons of fun… http://www.online-zombie-games.com

  • ryan April 5, 2008, 5:03 pm

    YEAH!…wait, 28 days/weeks later isn’t a zombie movie.

  • Zombie June 4, 2008, 5:14 pm

    Best Zombie blog ever


  • Ben December 18, 2008, 11:39 am

    Left 4 Dead is out now and I think it easily beats Dead Rising. Amazing zombie game which has had me addicted for too long…

  • lows March 24, 2009, 10:04 am

    see you all in hell..

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