The Best Zombie Movies To Stream Right Now


Zombies are a staple of the horror genre. They are one of the iconic monsters in cinema, alongside vampires, witches and werewolves. Over the years, we’ve seen many zombie movies that terrified audiences with thoughts of the living dead rising up to eat the brains of the living. It’s a scary concept, but in turn, some directors have taken different paths with the famous undead theme, turning them into comedic horror movies or usurping the genre outright.

Here are some of the most popular zombie movies currently streaming that you absolutely must watch. (We apologize in advance for the excessive use of the word ‘death’ in the title – we haven’t named these movies!)

The Best Zombie Movies To Stream Right Now

Night of the Living Dead

Probably the greatest zombie of all time, and the movie critics would later describe as the first modern zombie movie, Night of the Living Dead is a revolutionary film on so many levels. Filmmaker George A. Romero, who would become synonymous with the genre, created many key characteristics now associated with zombies (slow walking, rotten appearance, taste for human flesh, and the fact that a bite can bring a zombie infect other people).

A surprisingly simple yet effective horror film, the plot of the film revolves around a group of people trapped in a rural farmhouse who survive wave after wave of zombies. Romero’s first film, it would not only receive several sequels, but would create a cultural phenomenon that subsequently inspired generations of filmmakers. Without Night of the Living Dead, it’s likely that the zombie movie we know today wouldn’t exist, and for that, it’s definitely worth a look.

Currently aired on: Amazon Prime Video, Peacock, HBO Max and Paramount +


Best Zombie Movies To Stream Right Now

28 days later

The film which is widely credited with rekindling interest in the zombie flick, which had stagnated a bit in the 1990s, 2002 28 days later breathed new life into the zombie genre. Less than a month after a highly contagious virus sparked a massive zombie uprising in Britain, a group of survivors agree to lose the lives they knew, while battling the zombie hordes wreaking havoc in London.

Praised for its action, screenplay, directing and performance (the film has an impressive cast with Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston and Brendan Gleeson), 28 days later is one of the scariest zombie movies, and easily one of the best.

Currently aired on: HBO Max


Best Zombie Movies To Stream Right Now

28 weeks later

We know we can cheat putting a sequel on this list, but the equally fantastic sequel 28 days later is just too good to ignore. Six months after the zombie outbreak that was described in 28 days later, the UN launches an attempt to secure a safe area in London, only to discover that the danger there from zombies is far worse than they might have anticipated.

Although it is debatable whether 28 weeks later surpassing the original, you can’t deny how great a sequel this is – which, given the number of incredibly bad horror movie sequels, is certainly a feat in itself.

Currently aired on: HBO Max


Best Zombie Movies To Stream Right Now

Return of the Living Dead

Don’t be fooled by the title, this movie has nothing to do with George A. Romero’s. Night of the Living Dead series. A horror comedy that almost parodies Romero’s zombie movies, Return of the Living Dead tells the story of two clumsy warehouse workers who accidentally release a toxin into the air that turns whoever inhales it into zombies.

Known today for its extensive punk rock soundtrack and for being the first film to feature talk and run zombies, Return of the Living Dead eventually became a cult classic, paving the way for the four sequels that followed.

Currently aired on: HBO Max


Best Zombie Movies To Stream Right Now

Army of the dead

One of the most recent big budget zombie movies to come out of Hollywood, that of Zack Snyder Army of the dead merged the heist movie with the zombie genre to create a fun and terrifying film with non-stop action throughout. After a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a team of mercenaries (led by Dave Bautista) attempt to break into the city and recover $ 200 million hidden under a casino infested with the living dead.

Army of the dead introduced the original concept of hyper-intelligent zombies known as “Alphas,” capable of thinking and even emotion, rather than resorting to the brainless, shuffling zombies that audiences know. An interesting cross between the heist and the zombie movie, Army of the dead has two prequels slated for a future release later this year, as well as a potential sequel currently in the works.

Currently aired on: Netflix


Best Zombie Movies To Stream Right Now

Shaun of the Dead

The horror comedy that helped make its director, Edgar Wright, and star, Simon Pegg, to resounding successes, Shaun of the Dead was meant as a tribute of sorts to George A. Romero’s early zombie movies (as you might have guessed from the title alone). Filled with tons of Easter eggs from the famous zombie movies that Wright and Pegg were inspired by, Shaun of the Dead follows a pair of lazy youngsters (Pegg and Nick Frost) as they try to survive a sudden zombie outbreak on the outskirts of London.

The first in Wright and Pegg’s Cornetto trilogy which includes the equally entertaining films Warm down and the end of the world, Shaun of the Dead has been universally acclaimed for its humor and fresh take on zombie flick, and remains one of Wright and Pegg’s most popular films.

Currently aired on: Hulu (requires premium subscription)


Best Zombie Movies To Stream Right Now

Train to Busan

One of the most critically acclaimed zombie movies in recent years, Train to Busan is a Korean horror movie that will leave you on the edge of your seat and literally sweating with anxiety for its entire two-hour span.

As a zombie outbreak sweeps across the country, a group of survivors on a bullet train attempt to make their way to the supposed safety of Busan from Seoul. A scary horror movie that will give you goosebumps every time a zombie appears on the screen, Train to Busan was such a successful horror film, a sequel titled Peninsula quickly followed.

Currently aired on: Hulu


Best Zombie Movies To Stream Right Now

Paranormand

Okay, technically not a full-fledged zombie movie – the movie also includes ghosts, witches, and infamous adults – Paranormand makes creative use of zombies in this very enjoyable animated comedy fantasy horror film. After an ancient curse causes a zombie apocalypse in a small New England town, a boy with the supernatural ability to speak with the dead (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) travels with a group of fellow humans from the town to try to reverse the spell and put everything back to normal.

While not strictly a zombie movie, Paranormand nonetheless offers a fun and light adventure in this award-winning animated film.

Currently aired on: Netflix

Final thoughts

Love them or hate them, zombie movies are one of the most popular horror subcategories, producing some of the scariest movies of all time. Already we’ve seen two huge ‘zombie crazes’ in pop culture, the first initiated by modern zombie film pioneer George A. Romero, which spanned from the late 60s to the 80s, and the second taking place throughout the 2000s, redefining the genre and moving it to other platforms as well (i.e. video game series like resident Evil, death rising, and Left for dead).

We don’t know what the future holds for zombie movies, but looking backwards, we’ve put together this list of the best zombie movies to stream right now. For those looking for more classics of the zombie genre, we also recommend checking out Romero’s second and third entries in his Night of the Living Dead series, the original 1978 Dawn of the dead, and 1985 The day of the Dead.

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Richard Chachowski is a freelance writer based in New Jersey. He loves to read, his dog Tootsie and pretty much every movie that has ever existed (especially Star Wars).



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