We all know that a zombie is a creature that appears in folklore and popular culture typically as a reanimated corpse or a mindless human being. A mindless human being? Uh, oh. Grab a box of popcorn because today we are going to take a look at a few zombie movie trailers from films that span three decades.
In 1959 writer/director Ed Wood released the movie Plan 9 From Outer Space. The plot involves extraterrestrial beings who are seeking to stop humans from creating a doomsday weapon that would destroy the universe. In the course of doing so, the aliens implement "Plan 9", a scheme to resurrect Earth's dead as zombies to get the planet's attention, causing chaos. This film was dubbed the worst movie ever made and Wood received the Golden Turkey Award as the worst director.
Another bad zombie movie was released in 1968, The Astro-Zombies, starring John Carradine as the mad scientist, Dr. DeMarco. The plot of this film centers around a crazy, disgruntled scientist who decides to create superhuman monsters from the body parts of innocent murder victims. The creatures eventually escape and go on a killing spree. This low budget movie eventually gained cult status and reportedly made a whopping three million dollars.
Finally, in 1978 the release of the award winning film Dawn of the Dead, written and directed by George Romero, hit the theaters. The plot - following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. Dawn of the Dead has been heavily praised in film reviews since its release, currently holding a 95% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The 25th anniversary issue of Fangoria named it the best horror film of 1979 and Entertainment Weekly ranked it #27 on a list of "The Top 50 Cult Films".
I hope you enjoyed today's look at zombies in film. Grab the kids and lock your doors! With Halloween fast approaching, no doubt, zombies may be coming to a neighborhood near you.