Shambling, rotting corpses looking for human brains; this is the traditional view of zombies, yet the modern idea can be much more frightening as zombies learn to run and not shamble. Watch these films to find out how to survive in the zombie apocalypse.

Tales of survivors of the zombie apocalypse, scientists investigating possible zombies, working to contain the zombie threat and more can be found in our top zombie tv show list.

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28-days-later-2002 28 Days Later (2002)

Four weeks after animal-rights activists release test monkeys infected with a deadly virus, the virus has spread throughout Great Britain, turned most of the populace into raging, zombie-like creatures, and forced a handful of survivors to search desperately for sanctuary.

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston

28-weeks-later-200728 Weeks Later (2007)

Six months have passed since the rage virus decimated the population of Great Britain. Now the US Army is helping to secure a small part of London so that survivors can repopulate the city and rebuild society.

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne, Robert Carlyle

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

In the aftermath of an epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his TV-exec girlfriend find refuge together in an abandoned shopping mall.

Starring: Ken Foree, David Early, and David Emge

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, and a salesman are among those who have escaped a worldwide plague of aggressive, flesh-eating zombies. Now the survivors take refuge in a huge Midwestern shopping mall and do all they can to hold on.

Starring: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, and Jake Weber

 Day of the Dead (1985)

A besieged group of military officers and scientists have built a stronghold in an underground bunker while the world above is taken over by zombies.
Starring: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato

 Dead and Buried (1981)

In the small coastal town of Potters Bluff, marauding mobs of townspeople are murdering strangers and innocent out-of-towners. But now the murder victims are coming back to life.
Starring: Nancy Locke, Robert Englund, and Christopher Allport

 Dead Snow (2009)

What should’ve been an ordinary ski vacation turns into a terrifying ordeal for a group of medical students, who find themselves fighting for their lives with a murderous band of Nazi zombies.

Starring: Jeppe Beck Laursen, Charlotte Frogner, Jenny Skavlan

 Death Valley (TV SHow 2011)

The Undead Task Force (a branch of the LAPD, formed when the San Fernando Valley was overrun by zombies, werewolves and vampires) must continue to get rid of and contain them in the valley, while scientists work to discover the cause of the outbreak.

Texas Battle as Officer John “John John” Johnson
Bryce Johnson as Officer Billie Pierce
Tania Raymonde as Officer Carla Rinaldi

 Flight of the Living Dead (2007)

Renegade scientists smuggle a fellow scientist – who’s infected with a virus that reanimates the dead – on to a red eye flight from L.A. to Paris. What’s the worst that could happen?

Starring: David Chisum, Kristen Kerr, and Richard Tyson

 Helix (TV Show 2014-2015)

A team of scientists are thrust into a potentially life-or-death situation in this thriller, which begins with the group being deployed to the Arctic to secretly investigate what could be a disease outbreak.

Billy Campbell as Dr. Alan Farragut
Kyra Zagorsky as Dr. Julia Walker
Mark Ghanime as Major Sergio Balleseros

  I Am Legend (2007)

Years after a mysterious plague has killed off most of humanity and turned the rest into zombie-like monsters, a lone survivor struggles bravely in New York City, seeking a cure.

Starring: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan

 In the Flesh (TV Show 2013)

Four years after the Rising, the government starts to rehabilitate the Undead back into the society including teenager Kieren Walker, who returns home to his small Lancashire village to face a hostile reception as well as his own demons.

Luke Newberry as Kieren Walker
Harriet Cains as Jem Walker
Marie Critchley as Sue Walker

 Land of the Dead (2005)

The living dead have taken over the world, forcing the last remnant of humanity to retreat to a walled city in order to save themselves and come to grips with the new, nightmarish world order.

Starring: John Leguizamo, Asia Argento, Simon Baker

 Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Radiation from a fallen satellite is the likely culprit in George A. Romero’s original genre-making horror classic, in which the deceased rise from their graves in search of flesh from the living. A group of terrorized people barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to survive.

Starring: A.C. McDonald, Duane Jones, and Judith O’Dea

 Night of the Living Dead (1990)

In this remake of George Romero’s original classic, a group of survivors are again trapped inside a farmhouse while flesh-eating legions of the undead besiege them outside.
Starring: Patricia Tallman, Katie Finneran, and Bill Moseley

 Resident Evil (2002)

A secret bioengineering facility accidentally releases the deadly and mutating T-virus, killing all of its employees. A team of highly-trained commandos is brought in to isolate the virus before it overwhelms humanity.

Starring: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, and Eric Mabius

 Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

Survivors of the Raccoon City horror trek across the Nevada desert on their way to Alaska. Alice joins their caravan and becomes part of the fight against the evil Umbrella Corp.
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Oded Fehr, and Ali Larter


 Return of the Living Dead (1985)

When a hapless pair of employees at a medical supply house accidentally release a deadly gas from an old army container, the escaped vapors cause the dead to re-animate, take over a cemetery, and threaten to overwhelm the city of Louisville, Kentucky in search of their favorite food: “Brains!”

Starring: Clu Gulager, James Karen, and Don Calfa

 Shaun of the Dead (2004)

A man decides to turn his life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling with his mother, and doing battle with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.

Starring: Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, and Nick Frost

 Walking Dead (TV Show 2010-)

Former Sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes has been in a coma for several months after being shot on duty. When he awakens he finds that the world has been ravaged by a zombie epidemic of apocalyptic proportions — and he seems to be the only person alive.

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes
Jon Bernthal as Shane Walsh
Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes

 World War Z (2013)

UN specialist Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) travels the world in a desperate attempt to understand and stop the Zombie pandemic that’s ravaging societies and governments – and possibly dooming humanity itself.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz

 Z Nation (TV Show 2014-)

Three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country, a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood.

Keith Allan as Murphy
Russell Hodgkinson as Doc
Nat Zang as 10K

 Zombie (1979)

Strangers in search of a woman’s father come to a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a terrifying epidemic of the undead.

Starring: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson

 Zombieland (2009)

A shy student trying to find his family, a gun-toting traveler on a quest for the Last Twinkie, and two sisters trying to get to an amusement park band together on a cross-country travelogue in zombie-ravaged America.

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone

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