Zombie Top Tens
Published 10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM by Glenn Carter
Borderline Press’s Top 10 Zombie Related Songs
(in no particular order)
- Kernkraft400 - Zombie Nation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYeajoizdm0
- Roky Erikson - I Walked With A Zombie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcGb24n9hvM
- The Cramps - Zombie Dance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0a6KHD_gwQ
- The Gonk - De Wolfe Music http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WZha_LHVS8
- Send More Paramedics - Zombie Sweetheart http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kf2SVJNw7Yw
- Zombie Love - The Jazz Butcher http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JMEV4KFEs0
- Cool Zombie - Adam Ant http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3myAmL-9870
- Love Zombies - The Monochrome Set http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpheIwMKe2k
- Living Dead Girl - Rob Zombie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvsMPOfblfg
- Zomby Woof – Frank Zappa http://youtu.be/2QroSCBnkx4
Will’s top 10 zombie movies in chronological order:
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari - 1920
Possibly my all time favourite movie. This concerns a ‘somnambulist’ called Cesar who, under the spell of Dr Caligari, commits murders by his command. It may or may not be a dream. It may just be the ravings of a madman. But God is it good! Atmospheric doesn’t cover it and the expressionist sets are a dislocated joy.
White Zombie - 1932
Possibly the first feature length Zombie movie that revolves around a young woman is transformed into one of the walking dead by an evil voodoo master. Wonderfully atmospheric although the acting is best described as ‘ropey’. Bela Lugosi is, of course, mad as a balloon
Plague of the Zombies - 1966
More Haitian shenanigans as an Evil Man™,who appears to have holidayed in Haiti, raises the recently dead in Cornwall for no adequately explored reason. Hammer at it’s finest and cheapest.
The Crazies - 1973
A lesser known Romero movie that dresses up the idea of Zombies as a technological accident, rather than the result of supernatural agency. The US Government deposits large quantites of an experimental neuro-toxin into the water supply of a small town in Pennsylvania. The unexpected result is that those infected go on a rabid homicidal spree. It’s a grim and bleak exploration of a town screwed over by the government who then refuse to help the people it has screwed over. A commentary on Vietnam, apparently. Remade recently. It was shit.
Shivers - 1975
David Cronenberg dissects the sexual freedom of the sixties. A movie about a sexually transmitted parasite that essentially turns it’s host into a zombie bent on propagating the species. Bleak.
Reanimator - 1985
Lovecraft’s tale of Herbert West is an all time classic of the horror genre. The movie bears only a passing resemblance, but has enough of the beats to make it worthwhile. Hilarious and scary by turns, Reanimator is a work of twisted genius. The team of Stuart Gordon/Brian Yuzna never quite recaptured the magic, despite trying many, many times.
Day of the Dead - 1985
Another Romero and the least liked of the original trilogy. Funny that. Is it because it actually had a plot?
The Serpent and the Rainbow- 1988
Wes Craven’s study of Haitian Voodou practices loosely based on the book by Wade Davis, an expert on ethnobotanical poisons. Little in the way brain-eating shenanigans and is mostly remembered for the scene in which Davis’ – or rather the character based on him – has his scrotum is nailed to a wooden chair. Lightheartedness aside, this does a good job of explaining how and where the myth of zombies originated.
Resident Evil - 2002
Had I ever played the games, I might be up in arms about the movie and how little it resembles them. As it stands, I don’t give a toss. I like this movie, yes it’s silly, but if you can buy into the idea of reanimated dead people, then this isn’t really that much of a stretch. Worth it for the killer scene with the lasers.
I Am Legend - 2007
Wait. Are these zombies or vampires or what? Who cares. There have been three versions of this, under different names. The only one that has come close to the Matheson book is the recent relatively Will Smith version, especially if you watch the DVD extras. And lets be honest, it doesn’t come that close. It may be a bit CGI heavy, but that doesn’t detract from a solid and affecting central performance and an unexpected – and often unnoticed – ray of hope at the end.