When it comes to zombie movies, filmmakers either hit the mark, or fail miserably. Although the genre is forgiving and many avid zombie lovers are fans of low-budget films, some of the titles on our list really don’t even deserve to be called films, let alone zombie films. Without further ado, here are the top 10 worst zombie movies of all time.
1. House of the Dead
The only scary thing about this movie is that it even exists. The film calls itself a “slasher movie,” but we’re not sure it even deserves that title. House of the Dead follows a teen who hops on a boat to attend a rave in the San Juan Islands. Once they arrive, they find that the entire rave has been smashed, everyone has disappeared and blood has been splattered everywhere. A number of needless references are made to the video game that inspired the film, and despite its name, the film is anything but terrifying. Between the unwitty dialogue, terrible acting and pointless nudity scenes, House of the Dead is easily a candidate for one of the worst films of all time.
2. Gangs of the Dead
The title alone should be warning enough that this movie is bad. The biggest problem with Gang of the Dead is that there really isn’t a storyline. Two rival gangs get caught in a zombie outbreak while making an illegal deal. Oh, and the gangs must get out of the warehouse alive. Really, there isn’t much else to say about Gangs of the Dead. If you enjoy bad acting, a bad script and horrible character development, this film’s for you.
3. Plan 9 From Outer Space
Plan 9 is known as the “best” worst film of all time. Strangely, the film has a cult following and there are people that genuinely love the film, but only because it’s just so bad. The plot is simple: Aliens decide to bring back the dead and use the zombies as a weapon. As if that weren’t ridiculous enough, the film only gets worse from here.
4. Zombie Strippers
The title says it all, Zombie Strippers is just a horrible zombie film. What makes it even more heartbreaking is the fact that Robert Englund plays the lead. Much like other zombie plots, a zombie virus is let loose in an underground strip club in a conservative Nebraska town. When the virus starts spreading, strippers become super zombie strippers. I kid you not. The only audience this film will appeal to is teenage boys who only have their mind on one thing.
5. Survival of the Dead
Survival of the Dead is Romero’s third attempt in the zombie genre, and sadly, this film is about as bad as it gets. It takes place on an island where those who are living there attempt to reintroduce their “undead” loved ones back into society. The plot is confusing at best and most of the characters are hypocrites; saying one thing and doing another. Even Romero’s biggest fans were sorely disappointed with this one.
6. Children of the Living Dead
If you didn’t know any better, you may assume that Children of the Living Dead is a part of the classic “Night of the Living Dead” saga. While the film may want you to believe this, it bears no resemblance to the original and the two titles should really never be put in the same sentence. A man, Michael Matthews, arrives in a small, rural Pennsylvania town in hopes of developing a small piece of land. Instead, he finds that the land is actually an old cemetery where the dead rise and walk the earth once again. These “living dead” are supposed to terrorize the neighborhood in their pursuit of human flesh. This film plays on all the obvious horror film clichés and its plot is sorely disappointing.
7. Day of the Dead (Steve Miner)
Day of the Dead is a “remake” (if you can call it that) of Romero’s classic, but many would say that Miner’s version is a poor excuse for a film. For those who aren’t aware, Steve Miner has directed episodes of both Smallville and Dawson’s Creek. Why he would venture into the zombie genre is anyone’s guess. The zombies in this film are insane. They climb walls and ceilings. They jump around like Spiderman. Their behavior is nonsensical and closer to a “possessed demon child” than a mindless zombie. This is just an awful and needless remake of the original, which many feel is the best zombie film ever made.
8. Return of the Living Dead – Rave to the Grave
It seems as if every filmmaker is trying to cash in on the zombie genre and the Living Dead series. It’s hard to know where to begin with the things that are wrong with this film. In an incredibly predictable plot, the film follows a group of teens that are getting ready to attend a rave by creating a brand new, designer drug they call “Zee.” How clever. Zee was created using the contents of an unknown military canister (because we find those lying around everywhere). Needless to say, the drug turns the ravers into zombies and the film sets off on a terribly predictable path. It’s hard to make it past the halfway point of this film without losing your lunch.
9. Zombie Night
It’s hard to find a zombie movie that’s worse than Zombie Night. Aside from it being obviously low budget, there was absolutely no effort put into the writing or plotline of the film. A young family returns from a camping retreat to learn the dead have come back to life thanks to a nuclear holocaust. Without a second thought, the family decides to rebuild society. Times must have been tough for Daryl Hannah to sign onto this film.
10. Redneck Zombies
Don’t let the film reviews fool you, Redneck Zombies is as bad as it gets. You either really love it, or truly hate it. The film follows a hillbilly family that started a zombie outbreak thanks to their radioactive hooch. The film is filled with cheap visual effects, a horribly storyline and unlovable characters. When it comes to bad zombie movies, this is just about as bad as it gets.