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100: The 100 Zombie Movies You Need to See

100! This epic-length landmark episode provides the list that YOU and many other listeners demanded! Listen as Arnold and Natalie take on the Herculean task of talking about 100 zombie movies you need to see, covering the entire history of the genre with sections covering everything from all-out gorefests to Voodoo-themed chillers to romantic romps. There’s something for every kind of zombie fan, and maybe a few things that you’ll want to seek out and see for yourself, as we celebrate 100 episodes of the DOCTOR OF THE DEAD podcast!

…And see below for two lists: All the previous episodes of the show that delved more into some of the films we only mention briefly here as well as three feature-length audio commentaries, and an EPIC list of Amazon affiliate links to as many of the 100 films as we could find that are readily available. If you click through to get any of them, you’re helping to support this podcast too!

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SHOW LINKS (SEE FURTHER BELOW FOR OUR AMAZON AFFILIATE LINKS AFTER THE LINKS TO PAST EPISODES!):

Past DOCTOR OF THE DEAD and G2V episodes covering films in our list of 100 zombie movies:

THE G2V PODCAST EPISODE 1: EVIL DEAD PART 1 (the entire franchise plus the remake)

THE G2V PODCAST EPISODE 2: EVIL DEAD PART 2

EPISODE 8: ITALIAN ZOMBI MOVIES (LAST MAN ON EARTH, ZOMBI 2, BURIAL GROUND, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE BEYOND, THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD, and NIGHTMARE CITY)

EPISODE 47: [REC] 3

EPISODE 68: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

EPISODE 70: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES

EPISODE 78: DAWN OF THE DEAD

EPISODE 80: ZOMBIE (ZOMBI 2)

EPISODE 85: DAY OF THE DEAD PLUS 1985 “YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE” FILMS (RE-ANIMATOR, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, more)

EPISODE 89: THE OMEGA MAN

EPISODE 90: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 1990

EPISODE 93: ZOMBIELAND and COOTIES

EPISODE 94: 28 DAYS LATER and LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE

EPISODE 96: NIGHTMARE CITY

EPISODE 97: JUAN OF THE DEAD and SHAUN OF THE DEAD

EPISODE 98: WARM BODIES and DAWN OF THE DEAD 2004

Feature-length audio commentaries:

VOICES IN THE DARK: Last Man on Earth (1964) Audio Commentary Track

VOICES IN THE DARK: The Evil Dead (1981) Audio Commentary Track

VOICES IN THE DARK: Burial Ground – The Nights of Terror (1981) Audio Commentary Track

AMAZON AFFILIATE LINKS TO MANY (NOT ALL) OF THE 100 MOVIES – GET THEM VIA THIS LIST AND SUPPORT OUR SHOW!

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (Criterion)

DAY OF THE DEAD (Scream Factory)

LAND OF THE DEAD (Scream Factory)

DIARY OF THE DEAD (Dimension Extreme)

SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD (Magnolia)

FLESH EATER (Shriek Show)

RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (Scream Factory)

ZOMBI 2 (Shriek Show)

CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS (VCI)

DEAD & BURIED (Blue Underground)

DEATHDREAM (Blue Underground)

I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE (Amazon Video Streaming)

ISLE OF THE SNAKE PEOPLE (Retromedia)

KING OF THE ZOMBIES (Sinister Cinema)

THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW (Scream Factory)

WHITE ZOMBIE (VCI)

ZOMBIES ON BROADWAY (Warner Brothers)

CABIN IN THE WOODS (Lionsgate)

CREEPSHOW (Warner Brothers)

FREAKS OF NATURE (Sony)

HELL’S GROUND (TLA Releasing)

PHANTASM (Remastered; Well Go)

TRICK ‘R TREAT (Warner Brothers)

28 DAYS LATER (Fox Searchlight)

DAWN OF THE DEAD 2004 (Universal)

EVIL DEAD 2013 (Sony)

KILL ZOMBIE! (Well Go)

LOVE IN THE TIME OF MONSTERS (Indican)

NIGHT OF THE COMET (Scream Factory)

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 1990 (Imports)

PRIDE + PREJUDICE + ZOMBIES (Sony)

[•REC 3] (Sony)

RESIDENT EVIL (Sony)

UNDEAD (Lionsgate)

WYRMWOOD: ROAD OF THE DEAD (Scream Factory)

ZOMBIELAND (Sony)

THE BEYOND (Grindhouse Releasing)

BURIAL GROUND (Severin)

CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD (Blue Underground)

HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD (Blue Underground)

THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY (Blue Underground)

NIGHTMARE CITY (Kino Lorber)

ZOMBI 3 (Shriek Show)

ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST (Severin)

CEMETERY MAN (Anchor Bay)

GRAPES OF DEATH (Redemption)

THE LIVING DEAD GIRL (Kino Lorber)

OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES (Redemption)

ZOMBIE LAKE (Redemption)

JUAN OF THE DEAD (Entertainment One)

LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE (Blue Underground)

[•REC] (Sony)

TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD (Blue Underground)

BIO ZOMBIE (Tokyo Shock)

STACY (Synapse)

TRAIN TO BUSAN (Well Go)
SEOUL STATION (FilmRise)

VERSUS (Tokyo Shock)

WILD ZERO (Synapse)

THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (Legend Films)

THE OMEGA MAN (Warner Brothers)

I AM LEGEND (Warner Brothers)

28 WEEKS LATER (20th Century Fox)

COOTIES (Lionsgate)

THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS (Lionsgate)

WICKED LITTLE THINGS (Lionsgate)

THE FOG (Scream Factory)

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL (Disney)

ZOMBIES OF MORA TAU (Sony)

INVISIBLE INVADERS (Kino Lorber)

PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (Legend Films)

DEAD SNOW (MPI)

SHOCK WAVES (Blue Underground)

ARMY OF DARKNESS (Universal)

EVIL DEAD 1 and 2 (Lionsgate)

BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR (Arrow)

LIFE AFTER BETH (Lionsgate)

PONTYPOOL (MPI)

RAMMBOCK: BERLIN UNDEAD (The Collective)

THE RETURNED (Amazon Video Streaming)

RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 3 (Lionsgate)

SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE (Paramount)

SHAUN OF THE DEAD (Universal)

WARM BODIES (Summit)

BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR (Lionsgate)

DEAD ALIVE or BRAINDEAD (Lionsgate)

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 6: JASON LIVES (Paramount)

RE-ANIMATOR (Image)

ZOMBIE STRIPPERS (Sony)

APOCALYPSE OF THE DEAD (Naedomi Media)

GERM Z (Naedomi Media)

HOUSE OF THE DEAD (Lionsgate)

THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES WHO STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME MIXED-UP ZOMBIES (Guilty Pleasures)

THE REZORT (Amazon Video Streaming)

RISE OF THE ZOMBIES (Asylum)

VIRAL (Anchor Bay)

2012: ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE (Asylum)

WORLD WAR Z (Paramount)

TH-TH-THAT’S ALL, FOLKS!

Zombie #1 (July 2016)

THE PATIENTS

Publisher: Eibon Press
Script/Layout/Letters/Editor: Stephen Romano
Pencils/Covers: Michael Broom
Inks/Additional Art: Derek Rook
Inks: Gerry Coffey
Colors: Fatboy

This and the following photos give you a look at the unpackaging of this prestige comic book release. Here, front and back views of the comic in its sleeve and stickered shrink-wrap. Photo by Arnold T. Blumberg
This and the following photos give you a look at the unpackaging of this prestige comic book release. Here, front and back views of the comic in its sleeve and stickered shrink-wrap.
Photo by Arnold T. Blumberg

THE PATHOLOGY

The legendary Lucio Fulci film ZOMBIE (ZOMBI 2/ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS) gets the graphic novel treatment, and I do mean “graphic!” In the first issue of this adaptation – which will then continue beyond the confines of the film’s plot – the carnage begins on page one as a horrific Voodoo ritual on the island of Matool unleashes a nightmarish horde of living dead. Meanwhile, reporter Peter West teams up with a distraught young woman seeking information about her missing father. Could they find their answers on that accursed, windswept isle?

Front and back view of the comic in its sleeve. Photo by Arnold T. Blumberg
Front and back view of the comic in its sleeve.
Photo by Arnold T. Blumberg

THE PROGNOSIS

It’s always a delight to have a reason to write a comic book review again, having written hundreds of them over the years during my time in the comics industry. In the past, I always strived to highlight aspects of a comic not often discussed in a review, and in the case of Eibon Press’ ZOMBIE, it’s absolutely essential to praise the entire package – not just the sharp scriptwriting and art, but the evocative lettering, lavish coloring, and stunning graphic design; even the quality of the paper and printing is exceptional. This is a premium release intended for fans that want to collect a truly special tribute to a horror classic.

A look at the whole package (clockwise from top): The first issue of ZOMBIE, a folded insert, the outer sleeve, and a signature card. Photo by Arnold T. Blumberg
A look at the whole package (clockwise from top): The first issue of ZOMBIE, a folded insert, the outer sleeve, and a signature card.
Photo by Arnold T. Blumberg

As Eibon Press’ Stephen Romano explains in a detailed and illuminating essay in the back of the first issue, this adaptation originally appeared in 2000 in an extremely limited black-and-white edition that failed to capture the attention it deserved. But now, it has risen from the grave like a Spanish Conquistador with all the lush, lurid color that Lucio himself would have greatly appreciated.

The morgue sequence gets a substantial uplift via extended dialogue and even more grotesque action.

But rest assured, it’s not just a slavish beat-for-beat retelling. Although the comic faithfully adapts the film for the most part (its only real omission during this issue is a short bit set on a docked boat), there are a few significant and brilliant additions that enhance the story at every turn. Insight into the thoughts of many of the characters via narration gives us added perspective on numerous scenes in the story, while the morgue sequence in particular gets a substantial uplift via extended dialogue and even more grotesque action. Perhaps my favorite new material provides a confirmation of a theory I’ve often shared, as recently as on the latest DOCTOR OF THE DEAD episode about this very film – that the spread of the zombies happened on two fronts, via the reanimated morgue doctors and the boat zombie. Great minds!

Front and back of the folded insert and signature card. That is one truly awesome, frameable version of the stunning painted re-creation of Ol' Worm-Eye!  Photo by Arnold T. Blumberg
Front and back of the folded insert and signature card. That is one truly awesome, frameable version of the stunning painted re-creation of Ol’ Worm-Eye!
Photo by Arnold T. Blumberg

But the biggest elaboration here is a new prologue that finally gives fans a glimpse of the terrifying Voodoo ritual that brought about the reanimation of the dead. It’s appropriate that this prologue and thus the entire comic starts on a close-up of an eye, not just because of the film’s iconic eye-stabbing scene but because later zombie films like 28 DAYS LATER and RESIDENT EVIL made it a reliable way into an apocalyptic story through a literal point of view. The connections to zombie stories past and present don’t end there, since the visual of a spiritual Voodoo presence also recalls Murder Legendre’s eyes from WHITE ZOMBIE. There are also some cute jokes centered on the Anne Bowles character played by Tisa Farrow in the film. For one thing, her name is repeatedly and presumably deliberately misspelled “Bowels” (zombies sure are interested in internal anatomy), and at one point Peter muses on her resemblance to a certain ROSEMARY’S BABY star.

The interior of the folded insert, with Stephen Romano explaining the development of the outer sleeve. Photo by Arnold T. Blumberg
The interior of the folded insert, with Stephen Romano explaining the development of the outer sleeve.
Photo by Arnold T. Blumberg

The artistic style is loose, capturing the general look of the characters as we know them from the movie but with a quality that suggests everything can spiral into madness.

The artistic style is loose, capturing the general look of the characters as we know them from the movie but with a quality that suggests any moment everything can spiral out of control into madness. The coloring, as noted already, is rich and blood-drenched in all the right places, and the panel layouts are dynamic and inventive, rapidly propelling you through the pages. Pretty much the only thing you don’t get from this otherwise amazing adaptation is the film’s Fabio Frizzi score, so fire up iTunes or whatever music app you have (or if you’re old school, get out your soundtrack CD and player), and let it play along as you read!

And here it is, the front and back of ZOMBIE #1 itself!  Photo by Arnold T. Blumberg
And here it is, the front and back of ZOMBIE #1 itself!
Photo by Arnold T. Blumberg

This first issue ends as our heroes team up with a couple offering them a boat ride to Matool. The best is clearly yet to come, and I for one can’t wait to see what Eibon Press does with the rest of this iconic Italian zombie film. I highly recommend visiting the Eibon Press website for more on this debut issue, #2 arriving in October, and their plans for other Fulci Comics like GATES OF HELL (also known as CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD) as well as their VHS Comics imprint featuring LASERBLAST!

RATING

09brains

If you want to know more about my thoughts on the film itself, check out our DOCTOR OF THE DEAD episode on ZOMBIE!

80: The Macabre Milestone – ZOMBIE

Arnold and Scott are back, sharing e-mails and news and then turning to one of the macabre milestones of horror film, an essential stepping stone in the shambling journey of the flesh-eating pop culture zombie from US notoriety to Italian fame! Zombie Vs. Shark! Eye-Gouging Scene! Ol’ Worm-Eye! What else could this be but the Lucio Fulci cult classic, ZOMBIE from 1979/1980 (or ZOMBI 2 or ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS or…)! In this special tribute episode, the guys talk all about those iconic moments and why Fulci’s film is a must-see for any zombie fan. It’s time to head to Matool, so grab your luggage, because “the boat can leave now. Tell the crew!”

Get our feature-length VOICES IN THE DARK audio commentary for THE EVIL DEAD (1981)!

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Show Music: “Bitter Pill” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

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79: Fulci Comics from Eibon Press with Special Guest Stephen Romano

Arnold and Scott welcome Stephen Romano of EIBON PRESS to discuss the new line of prestige limited edition FULCI COMICS launching in June that will include adaptations of classic Fulci fare like ZOMBIE, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, and much more, including plans to take those terrifying tales far beyond the screen!
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Show Music: “Bitter Pill” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

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75: The Walking Dead S06E15 “East” with special guest Roger Ma of The Zombie Combat Manual

The guys head “East” to prepare for Negan’s arrival, but with danger growing, they need help. Fortunately, Roger Ma of THE ZOMBIE COMBAT MANUAL joins them to chat about his book, the latest episode of THE WALKING DEAD, and why zombie heads are not made of foam!

Oh, and FYI, we open the show with a classic zombie film trailer. Any guesses why we picked that one? Let us know!

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Get the brand-new feature-length VOICES IN THE DARK audio commentary for THE EVIL DEAD (1981)!

And check out our Patreon page and support the show!

Show Music: “Bitter Pill” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

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SHOW LINKS:
@ROGER_MA ON TWITTER

ZOMBIE COMBAT CLUB ON TWITTER

THE ZOMBIE COMBAT MANUAL (AMAZON)