3. Dawn of the Dead (2004 remake)
It was a good movie, get over yourself. This zombie film featured actual return-from-the-dead creatures, but also added in the speed and ferocity of the not-undead from 28 Days Later. That's a potent mixture of terror. Between the sheer numbers of bodies this film displayed (hello budget and CG!) and the excellent pacing (fifth-gear the whole way), I really like this film. That being said, it's tough to watch on a full stomach...in the best of ways.
Max Headroom, oh sorry, I mean Moloch...sorry, Trashcan Man...dammit, the neighbor from Honey I Shrunk the Kids...DAMMIT his name is Matt Frewer! He and his daughter get rescued by the main protagonists, but he's been bitten. Usual zombie fodder, either kill him right there or have him hide the bite and then become a liability later, right? No, they let it burn slooooow. First off, he tells everyone immediately he was bit, but the group agrees to let him live out his last few moments. With a gun trained to his head, the infection kills him slowly, giving him enough time to say goodbye to his daughter and explain that "You want to savor every last moment." (Quote may not be actual wording, I was too busy crying.)
4. Shaun of the Dead
What can I say? A zombie list without this film would not be a very good zombie list. Both a parody of the genre and a damn fine proper example of the genre done right, Simon Pegg and the gang bring their A-game. I've written about how this film is sad before, but it bears repeating. The titular Shaun is too dependent on his mom, so he has to watch her die, then kill her. He was too resistant to his step-father, so he had to watch him die and leave him in a car. Shaun was too attached to his slacker roommate, so he watched him die...holy hell!
I understand why, instead of killing Nick Frost, Simon chained him up in a shed. That much loss and sorry just...I'm sorry...my eyes...
5. Army of Darkness
Because it's my list and I love Bruce Campbell and you are going to deal with it. 'Kay? Good. Um...sad part?
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