“Braaaaains!”

By Jay Hunter 31 years ago today, Return of the Living Dead was released in cinemas. Directed by Dan O’Bannon, the movie would go on to be a cult-classic with horror fans, delivering a great blend of horror, comedy and special effects. The movie starring Clu Gulager, James Karen and Don Calfa followed two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse, who accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, when the vapours cause the dead to raise again, the surrounding area must deal with the subsequent and deadly mistake.

To celebrate, we take a look at 18 must see movies for any zombie fan!

Bonus: Doc of the Dead & Birth of the Living Dead (documentaries)

18. Dead Snow

The best Nazi zombie movie you'll ever see!
The best Nazi zombie movie you’ll ever see!

17. I Walked with a Zombie


Included among the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”

16. [REC]

Always better than the American remake
Always better than the American remake

15. White Zombie

Always pay your dues to the original Always pay your dues to the original

14. Pet Cemetery

This is how I see all cats
This is how I see all cats

13. The Serpent and the Rainbow

Criminally underrated from Wes Craven Criminally underrated from Wes Craven

12. Planet Terror

Do I have to explain? She has a gun-leg!
Do I have to explain? She has a gun-leg!

11. Dead Alive

Look at those practical effects! Great horror-comedy from Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings)
Look at those practical effects! Great horror-comedy from Peter Jackson

10. Re-Animator

Originally director Stuart Gordon wanted to shoot the movie in black and white on 16mm film to give the film a gritty quality
Originally director Stuart Gordon wanted to shoot the movie in black and white on 16mm film to give the film a gritty quality

9. Zombi 2

I am not joking, there's a literal zombie vs shark wrestling match underwater. Look at it.
I am not joking, there’s a literal zombie vs shark wrestling match underwater. Look at it.

8. Zombieland

Zombie kill of the week? Close but no cigar!
Zombie kill of the week? Close but no cigar!

7. 28 Weeks Later

If nothing else, just watch THAT opening scene
If nothing else, just watch THAT opening scene

6. Day of the Dead

Practical effects overload!
Practical effects overload!

5. 28 Days Later

Because Cillian Murphy cancelled his Christmas to film this scene, and it's bloody terrifying.
Because Cillian Murphy cancelled his Christmas to film this scene, and it’s bloody terrifying.

4. Shaun of the Dead

Because it's one of the most flawlessly executed movies ever
Because it’s one of the most flawlessly executed movies ever

3. Night of the Living Dead

The Granddaddy of them all!
The Granddaddy of them all!

2. Dawn of the Dead

Romero's consumerism masterpiece Romero’s consumerism masterpiece

1. Return of the Living Dead

What did you think I was going to put at #1? Send more paramedics!
What did you think I was going to put at #1? Send more paramedics!

Related – 25 MUST SEE Horror Movies From The Last Ten Years

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