10 Zombie-Related Things To Watch Now That ‘The Walking Dead’ Is Done
“Fear the Walking Dead”
You won’t have much time to exhale as TWD’s companion series “Fear The Walking Dead” premieres its second season on April 10. While it’s neither as entertaining nor as good as the massive hit that is “The Walking Dead,” you can expect season two to pick up considerably after a slow start to the series. You can watch Fear on AMC this Sunday.
Definitely not as brutal or as bloody as “The Walking Dead,” but it’s a refreshing twist on the overdone zombie genre. It follows a medical student that becomes a zombie and finds herself working in a morgue where she can feast on the brains of the dead. You know, a lighthearted comedy. “iZombie” is a nice change of pace from the blood and gore TWD offers, so head over to Netflix to watch it, or on the CW when they aren’t airing one of their 75 superhero shows.
Another zombie show flying under the radar because of TWD and its success is “Z Nation.” The show is filled with laughs and tears, and mainly focuses on a group of survivors who hope to take a survivor of a zombie bite all the way to California from New York in hopes of finding a cure. You can watch the first two seasons on Netflix, and then head over to Syfy to catch season three when it airs sometime this year.
“The Returned” (U.S. TV Series)
OK, OK, we know, this show isn’t exactly about zombies, but it focuses on a bunch of people that start reappearing after being dead for years. So, while their skin may not be hanging off their faces, I’d like to think this sort of qualifies as zombie territory. “The Returned” is the American version of the French series “La Revenants,” and while the American version got a lot of praise, A&E axed it after one season. You can still catch season one on Netflix, though.
Not many folks were aware of this under-the-radar film, but it features Arnold Schwarzenegger desperately trying to hold on to his daughter after she is bitten by a zombie and has a few weeks of “normalcy” left. Kind of a different film for Arnold, but he plays it well while in a post-apocalyptic world. This film is already out, so you can it on DVD or any other way you watch your movies.
“28 Days Later”/”28 Weeks Later”
OK, nerds, once again we know these aren’t exactly zombies, but what would you call them? Anything that wants to eat my face off will be considered a zombie. And, while an oldie, these two films are still two of the best zombie-related films out there. Whether you prefer the original low-budget film or the bigger and louder sequel, you can’t really go wrong as both are extremely well made. Plus, Idris Elba is in the sequel, and who the hell doesn’t like Idris Elba? Satanists, that’s who.
“Dawn of the Dead” (2004 version)
If moody and dark zombie films aren’t your thing, then the remake of the 1978 classic of the same name should be right up your alley. I mean, there’s a zombie baby in this one. Can’t top that. And “Dawn of the Dead” is actually a fun movie directed by Zack Snyder before he killed “Batman v Superman.” This movie is just a bunch of folks at a mall trying to survive; very similar to a bunch of guys waiting for their girlfriends outside the fitting room, trying to survive.
“Birth of the Living Dead”
Speaking of “Dawn of the Dead,” you may want to sharpen up on your zombie knowledge by taking a trip down memory lane with the “Godfather of the Dead,” George A. Romero. Romero is responsible for bringing the modern zombie to “life,” and you can thank him for having a plethora of zombie stuff today. “Birth of the Living Dead” is a documentary that talks about the one that started it all, “Night of the Living Dead,” and the impact it had on the zombie genre. Check this out on Netflix.
Now it’s time to really dive into the huge barrel of zombie films that are out there, and we’ve decided to hit on one that has caught our eye: “Zombie Hunter.” Danny Trejo is in it, and we’re pretty sure if Trejo was on “The Walking Dead” all the walkers would be eliminated because he’s scarier than anything out there. Trejo plays a pastor in “Zombie Hunter,” and he just goes around axing zombies, all while leading his group of survivors. We can get on board with that. Check Trejo take out zombies on Netflix.
We had to end this list on one of the most ridiculous zombie-related things of them all: Beavers…that are zombies…”Zombeavers.” It is pretty much a bunch of attractive college students having the time of their lives until beavers come to attack them. You know, the usual college experience. But hey, still isn’t as bad as the debt they are racking up from the loans they won’t be able to pay back. Check out the crazy trailer here, and you can watch this legendary film on Netflix, too.