Do you love zombies? Over the years, these undead creatures had a boost in the world of pop culture. You had new Resident Evil titles — and Left 4 Dead was a smashing success as well.
Then there’s the comic book series The Walking Dead, which got adapted into a TV series that’s now on its 10th season.
This year, zombies are once again set to take the movie spotlight and we’ve made a quick list explaining why you should be excited.
1) ‘Zombieland 2’ is Just a Few Months Away
It’s been a decade since Zombieland was released. Who knew that an American zombie comedy would debut at No. 1 at the US box office?
Zombieland had a great cast. Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg are Academy Award nominees. And then there’s Emma Stone, who’s been nominated three times and won Best Actress for her starring role in Damien Chazelle’s La La Land.
Also, the movie had loads of fun moments. You had Harrelson crying over his search for any remaining Twinkies. Zombieland even had its memorable lines, especially the “double-tap” rule.
In fact, the much-awaited sequel is called Zombieland: Double Tap. Ruben Fleischer will go back as the director and stars such as Luke Wilson and Rosario Dawson will also join the gang.
The trailer seems to have the familiar Zombieland vibe we grew to love — and there’s even a moment at the end that’s an obvious homage to the cult classic that is Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead.
2) Jim Jarmusch is Back with ‘The Dead Don’t Die’
Look, if it’s a Jim Jarmusch, you know it’s not going to be an average film. This guy is all about having the creative freedom to explore ideas regardless if things pan out or not.
Earlier this year, Jarmusch introduced us to his vision of zombies. And just like Zombieland: Double Tap, this one was a comedy. But the difference was apparent from the trailer alone.
While the Zombieland looks wacky and tuned for the mainstream audience, The Dead Don’t Die was more about deadpan humor — fitting for a film filled with the undead.
And don’t discount its cast. You have the likes of Adam Driver, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, Selena Gomez, and the one-and-only Tilda Swinton.
3) Lupita Nyong’o Is in a Zombie Comedy
Jordan Peele already graced us with another outstanding performance from Lupita Nyong’o in his sophomore film Us. But it seems Nyong’o has more horror to deliver.
This time, Nyong’o is in Little Monsters. Just like Zombieland: Double Tap and The Dead Don’t Die, the film is a mix of zombies and hilarity. So why should we care?
First, we have Nyong’o in the starring role. That alone is worth the ticket price. Second, it looks very promising. Even the critics love it.
Who knew how cute and funny it would be to have a zombie film where adults have to act like there’s nothing wrong in front of a bunch of innocent, adorable kids?
And there you have it. Three new zombie movies to add to your collection — each with their amazing cast and unique take on the genre.