Michael Delahoyde, PhD

Professor of English



Early in the ew century, zombies seem to be the most popular of the monsters. They are almost entirely a film creation, partly because of the visually arresting nature of the mindless rotting corpse motivated into staggering about only by hunger for human flesh, but partly also I think because the zombie functions as a physical manifestation of mindless consumption. And that’s certainly timely.

Brief commentary by Chris Fischer (1998)

Fuller commentary by Schuyler Lystad (2006)

Film history perspective by Sopang Men (2006)

Full paper by Chris Freeburn (2006)

White Zombie (1932)
Revolt of the Zombies (1936)
The Ghost Breakers (1940)
King of the Zombies (1941)
I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
Revenge of the Zombies (1943)
Voodoo Man (1944)
Zombies on Broadway (1944)
Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952) — Nimoy is a Martian.
The Gamma People (1956) — Socialist Gudavia turning adults.
Zombies of Mora Tau (1957)
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1958) — “Worst film of all time.”
Invisible Invaders (1959)
Invasion of the Zombies (1961)
I Eat Your Skin (1964)
The Last Man on Earth (1964) — Vincent Price in Matheson story.
The Atomic Brain (1964) — Brain transplant gone wrong.
The Plague of the Zombies (1966)
Astro-Zombies (1967) — John Carradine creates them.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Omega Man (1971) — Heston in the Matheson story.
Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (1972)
Garden of the Dead (1972)
Beyond the Living Dead (1974)
Shock Waves (1977)
House of the Living Dead (1978)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Zombie (1979)
Alien Dead (1980)
Night of the Zombies (1981)
Hell of the Living Dead (1981)
The Evil Dead (1982)
Raw Force (1982)
I Was a Zombie for the FBI (1982) — Aliens.
Re-Animator (1984) — Lovecraft novella of medical student.
Trancers (1984) — Zombie cult time-travels.
Zombie Island Massacre (1984)
Night of the Comet (1984) — Valley girls shop and are pursued.
Day of the Dead (1985)
Hard Rock Zombies (1985)
Re-Animator (1985)
Return of the Living Dead (1985)
Night of the Creeps (1986)
Zombie Nightmare (1986)
Zombiethon (1986)
Redneck Zombies (1986)
Evil Dead II (1987)
Prince of Darkness (1987)
I Was a Teenage Zombie (1987)
The Video Dead (1987)
Redneck Zombies (1987)
Dead Heat (1988)
The Dead Next Door (1988)
Return of the Living Dead 2 (1988)
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
Zombie 4: After Death (1988)
Remote Control (1988) — Videotape of ’50s SF turning people.
Blood Nasty (1989)
Chopper Chicks in Zombietown (1989)
Hellgate (1989)
Pet Sematary (1989)
Bride of Re-Animator (1990)
Night of the Living Dead (1990)
Zombie 90: Extreme Pestilence (1991)
The Zombie Army (1991)
Zombie Cop (1991)
Chopper Chicks in Zombietown (1992)
Dead Alive (1992)
Pet Sematary II (1992)
Zombie Rampage (1992)
Army of Darkness (1992)
The Killing Box (1993)
My Boyfriend’s Back (1993)
Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993)
Cemetery Man (1994)
Gore Whore (1994)
Shatter Dead (1994)
Mark of the Astro-Zombies (2001)
Resident Evil (2002)
28 Days Later (2003)
Shaun of the Dead (2004) — parody/homage.
Dawn of the Dead (2004) — remake.
Zombie Strippers (2008) — during fourth term of G.W. Bush.
Zombieland (2009) — delightful.

Foreign Zombie Films

French Films

Le Lac des Morts Vivants(Zombie Lake) (1980)

German Films

Nur Uber Meine Leiche(Over My Dead Body) (1995)

Italian Films

Le Notti Erotiche dei Morti Viventi(Erotic Nights of the Living Dead) (1979)
Ultimi Zombi, Gli(Zombie 2: The Dead Are Among Us) (1979)
Le Notti del Terrore(Zombie 3: Burial Ground) (1980)
Paura Nella Citta dei Morti Viventi(Fear in the City of the Living Dead) (1980)
E Tu Vivrai nel Terrore – L’aldila(Seven Doors of Death) (1981)
Inferno dei Morti-Viventi (Zombie Creeping Flesh) (1981)
Dellamorte Dellamore (1994)

Spanish Films

Santo Contra los Zombies(Santo vs. The Zombies) (1961)
La Noche del Terror Ciego(Night of the Blind Dead) (1971)
Ataque de los Muertos Sin Ojos(Return of the Evil Dead) (1972)
El Buque Maldito(The Ghost Galleon) (1974)
Fin de Semana para los Muertos(Don’t Open the Window) (1974)
La Invasion de los Zombies Atomicas(City of the Walking Dead) (1980)
La Tumba de los Muertos Vivientes(Oasis of the Zombies) (1983)