World War Z And The Trick Of The Bite: 8 Films You Didn’t Realise Featured Zombies

5. REC

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This Spanish horror managed to make its found footage format an integral part of the story, delivering scares and heart-punching fear through its tale of a quarantined apartment block.

Quarantine is never a good word. It usually means you’ve got either malware on your computer or you’ve got the plague. For the residents of REC‘s tower block, it also means you’re likely to be bitten by the blue-rinse oldie on the second floor.

Following a news reporter and her crew on their nighttime show While You’re Asleep, the team ventures into a tower block where a resident is trapped in her flat. After firemen bust down the door, they’re pursued by the crazed octogenarian who charges after them, attacking several.

When a health inspector arrives to treat the critically ill, they all of a sudden begin to display rather uncivilised traits including a propensity for violence and the need to sink their teeth into the living.

Okay, so they’re not strictly dead when they turn, but with injuries which can only be classed as fatal….if they hadn’t been bitten they’d be corpses. Zombies!

6. Alien Resurrection

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How do you define what constitutes a corpse? Is it the body whole or could any one part of that body represent a corpse? I think the latter too, which is handy as otherwise my whole argument would fall spectacularly to shit on this item.

Alien Resurrection‘s protagonist, Ellen Ripley, returns 200 years after the events of Alien 3. That fact in itself should raise a huge red flag, I mean, why wasn’t she hunted down by Norris McWhirter and featured in the Guinness Book Of Records? What is explained as the plot unravels is a devious scheme by the Weyland corporation which led to her resurrection. Eager were they to get their hands on an Alien queen, using blood samples taken before she died they manage to clone her in order to nurture the Alien embryo. Kind souls that they are, she’s kept alive for study purposes.

Not long after, everything goes mammaries skyward and Ripley ends up killing a load of her own kind (she is at one with the Xenomorphs now, you know) and even murders her own hybrid baby. Mind you, it was ugly as sin.

Ripley sums it up best herself. After returning to the group following a nasty punch up with her auntie a xenomorph, Ron Perlman asks “Hey I thought you were dead,” to which she responds “Yeah, I get that a lot.”

7. Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers

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Who knew Tolkien’s finest had a zombie hidden in plain sight! The story of a bunch of Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves and Middle Earth badasses, Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers  picks up where The Fellowship Of The Ring left off.

The finale of the first flick ends with Gandalf The Grey sacrificing his life in a huge battle against the Balrog. As the fellowship trekked through the Mines of Moria, they came across  a gaggle of Orcs and the monstrous Balrog. Gandalf’s fight with the beast on the Bridge of Khazad-dûm was so fierce he lost his life as the structure fell.

Seeing this as an opportunity to reinvent himself, Gandalf is revived after being carried by the lord of eagles to Lorien. Under the care of Galadriel, he is healed and dressed in white robes then ventures forth to scare the bejeezus out of Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas.

He doesn’t exactly fulfil the stereotype of a zombie, but hey, if the shoe fits.

8. The Crow

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On the brink of getting married to the love of his life, Eric Draven is the victim of a fatal gang beating. Both he and his fiancee Shelly are attacked on the annual Devil’s Night crime spree in Detroit which results in both of their deaths.

One year later, and a little girl whom both Eric and Shelly knew from the neighbourhood, goes to visit their graves. Is it her presence that fires up the voodoo? Or is it the crow who lands atop Eric’s headstone and gently taps it? Hours later, he emerges from the dirt and returns to the world, seeking vengeance for those responsible for his and Shelly’s death.

Possibly the only zombie with the ability to heal himself, Draven’s status is unlike any member of the undead. Of course, the fact that he’s a good guy almost rules him out as a zombie. He dons a slick black leather coat, dollies himself up with a touch of Loreal’s corpse concealer, and goes forth to set things right.

Who said that zombies can’t have heart?

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