Word came yesterday that Vincenzo Natali (Splice) is attached to direct Play Dead, the eleventy-billionth permutation of the zombie subgenre. Here, the zombies will be football players who hope to win the high-school district championship, if only they can stop eating people long enough to play the game (it’s based on a novel by Ryan Brown). It actually sounds decent.
Most zombie movies, however, are not. There have literally been hundreds of zombie movies made over the years, but most of them are ultra-low budget flicks that try to sneak themselves into your Netflix queue, or are seen by a handful of zombie enthusiasts fascinated with the combination. You can combine a zombie with almost anything (and I was surprised to find there isn’t a Republican Zombie movie yet) and sometimes, you can make a compelling social commentary via these zombie films, but most of the time, they’re unwatchable pieces of rotten cinematic flesh.
It’s a shame, too, because many of the most inspired combinations have not lent themselves well to a final product. It doesn’t mean they’re not excellent ideas or combinations — it just means the filmmakers behind them had neither the resources or the creativity to execute the combinations successfully.
Ignoring the finished results, here are my ten favorite zombie combinations:
Trailer Trash Zombies (Trailer Park of Terror)
Redneck Zombies (Redneck Zombies)
Pothead Zombies (Pot Zombies)
Zombie Nudists with a Musical Twist (Nudist Colony of the Dead)
Zombie Chickens (Poultrygeist)
Zombie Roakill (Zombie Roadkill)
Domesticated Zombies (Fido)
Zombie Strippers (Zombie Strippers)
Zombie Nazis (Dead Snow)
Zombie Clowns (Dead Clowns)