I’m slightly disappointed that the zombie craze brought on by The Walking Dead didn’t lead to any great Hollywood zombie movies this decade.
I am a pretty big fan of zombie movies. The great ones are really great, and the bad ones usually have just enough gore and brain eating to not be a complete waste of time. When you think about it, zombies have had a interesting run in Hollywood. There was a huge zombie craze in the 1980s following the success of George Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead, then they died out in the 90s, had a resurgence in the early 2000s with Shaun of the Dead, 28 Days Later, etc., then died again until The Walking Dead, which premiered on Halloween 2010. But even the massively tremendous success of The Walking Dead didn’t inspire Hollywood to make any great zombie movies in this decade. In the theatres we got:
•World War Z, a forgettable flick that had little to do with the book it was based on, and it opted for CGI zombies that looked worse than Power Rangers TV effects.
•Warm Bodies, a teen film that, while enjoyable, won’t be going down as a classic.
•Paranorman: a really great animated film tbh, but since it’s animated, it probably won’t be taken as seriously as live action zombie movies are.
I was kinda expecting new big budget Hollywood classics, but the best movies of the zombie genre of the past 10 or so years were either foreign or straight to DVD releases.