Let's face it: As much as the thought of a zombie apocalypse is terrifying, in some ways it's fascinating to think that dead bodies can reanimate to ~feast~ on humans. It makes for a thrilling watch, it's got badass fight scenes, and the medical explanation for the phenomenon is fascinating. You've probably even thought of all the ways you could survive a zombie invasion if it were to happen. We list down 10 titles you can stream on Netflix if you're down for some heart-racing zombie flicks.
These movies may just help you survive a zombie apocalypse:
1. Zombieland (2009)
A type of mad cow disease has mutated into mad zombie disease and plagues the United States, turning humans into flesh-hungry members of the living dead. Humans have forgone attachment, and now use their city of origin as nicknames. College student Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) and vicious zombie killer Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) cross paths and work together to survive, and eventually encounter sisters Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), who are on their way to an amusement park that's supposedly zombie-free. The journey proves challenging—with lots of zombie encounters along the way—and they have to stick together to make it through.
2. World War Z (2013)
Based on the novel of the same name by Max Brooks, World War Z follows former United Nations employee Gerry Lane, played by Brad Pitt, who is stuck in traffic when the city descends into chaos as zombies who hunt by sound take over. Healthy humans are converted with a single bite, and the world's medical experts believe a virus has caused the outbreak. As tensions rise, Gerry goes on a search for the origin of the disease in order to create a cure that can hopefully save humanity.
3. Dawn Of The Dead (2004)
Nurse Ana (Sarah Polley) loses her husband to a zombie and she seeks refuge with other survivors in a deserted mall. If you were in a zombie apocalypse, getting stuck in a shopping mall wouldn't be the worst thing: it has supplies, food, and everything you need to stay alive. It all comes crashing down when a horde of zombies discovers their headquarters. Feel like the title sounds familiar? This 2004 flick is a remake of the 1978 film of the same name directed by George A. Romero.
4. 28 Weeks Later (2007)
28 Weeks Later is a sequel to the zombie film 28 Days Later and takes place six months after the initial outbreak, or 28 weeks after the outbreak of the Rage Virus. The infected have slowly died of starvation and the United States sends troops to take over Britain, declaring it safe to reintroduce humans. As refugees step foot on British soil and rebuild society, survivors Don (Robert Carlyle) and Alice (Catherine McCormack) fear that the virus may still be around, and could be more lethal than before. The film also stars Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, and Idris Elba.
5. Day Of The Dead: Bloodline (2018)
If you like your zombie film with a generous sprinkling of action, Day Of The Dead: Bloodline is the flick for you. The 2018 remake of the 1985 film of the same name follows medical student Zoe Parker (Sophie Skelton) who survives a zombie attack and is relocated to High Rock Emergency Bunker along with other refugees. Years later, Zoe and her friend Elyse (Shari Watson) are using zombie blood in hopes of creating a cure. With limited supplies and no contact with other bunkers, a few members of Zoe's bunker must head out into the field of rotters in order to procure medicine for the other survivors.
6. Cargo (2017)
An epidemic is spreading in rural Australia and with only 48 hours left before he fully transforms into a zombie, Andy (Martin Freeman) searches high and low for a new home for his daughter. He has to come to terms with the idea that he must let her go before he becomes a member of the living dead.
7. Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
Zombie outbreaks are no laughing matter, but comedy fans will find that Shaun Of The Dead has a lovable, cheeky approach to the zombie genre. The film follows the story of electronic salesman Shaun (Simon Pegg), who goes through a series of unfortunate events in life. The next morning, a zombie apocalypse has taken over London and Shaun and his friend Ed (Nick Frost) devise a plan to save their loved ones, one slapstick zombie-killing sequence at a time. The film also stars Bill Nighy, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, and Penelope Wilton. Keep an eye out for Freeman's cameo in this movie, too.
8. Ravenous (2017)
A flesh-eating disease terrorizes a rural region in Quebec, and turns infected victims into zombies. Everyone is fighting to survive, but the phenomenon brings out the citizens' true colors and sees them turning against each other. This French-language Canadian film won the Toronto International Film Festival Award for Best Canadian Film in 2017 and stars Marc-André Grondin, Monia Chokri, Brigitte Poupart, Luc Proulx, and Charlotte St-Martin.
9. Rise Of The Zombie (2013)
This Hindi zombie film stars Luke Kenny as Neil Parker, a wildlife photographer who's too invested in nature to care about his own life. When his girlfriend (Kirti Kulhari) has had enough and walks away from him, he resorts to isolation and becomes one with nature. The more time he spends alone, the more that negativity and ill feelings consume him, leading to his monstrous transformation.
10. I Am Legend (2007)
This 2007 film stars Will Smith as U.S. Army virologist Robert Neville, who lives his life in isolation following the spread of a deadly virus that turns healthy humans into Darkseekers—cannibal mutants who are warded off by sunlight. While wondering if there are any other humans out there, he develops a promising cure for the virus and plans to deliver it to fellow survivors. Fun fact: It is based on the 1954 novel of the same name.