10 good zombie movies and shows to watch on Netflix

Photo: Bruce Campbell ("Ashley 'Ash' J. Williams") stars in EVIL DEAD 2.. Image Courtesy Lionsgate Publicity
Photo: Bruce Campbell ("Ashley 'Ash' J. Williams") stars in EVIL DEAD 2.. Image Courtesy Lionsgate Publicity /

10 good zombie movies and shows on Netflix

For fans of horror and Halloween, this time of year is the most wonderful time of the year. To help you get in the mood for Halloween, we shared a list of the best zombie movies and shows on Netflix.

Zombie movies and shows have become extremely popular with huge fanbases.  The zombie craze has invaded many areas of pop culture with no end in sight.

Let’s get the list of horror movies and shows started with Evil Dead. 

1. Evil Dead

Sam Raimi is the brainchild behind the Evil Dead franchise, which consists of four movies and a tv series. The original film, Evil Deadis available on Netflix.

The film was initially released as Book of the Dead in 1981. Ash (Bruce Campbell), along with his girlfriend and three friends, decide it would be fun to spend the night in a cabin in the woods. You can already see where this is going.

The group discovers the Necronomicon, a book that, when read aloud, awakes the dead. Then all hell breaks loose and evil reigns down on them in the form of the reanimated dead. Ash, who is our hero in the story, learns that the only way to kill the dead is by dismemberment.

It is a great horror flick that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

2. Ash vs. Evil Dead

Ash vs. Evil Dead is the series in the Evil Dead franchise that sees Bruce Campbell reprising his role as the hero Ash.

The series has three seasons and acts as a sequel to the original trilogy of films. It seems Ash hasn’t done much in life since we last saw him in Army of Darkness. But, after everything he endured in the first films, he always knew the dead would come back to haunt him.

This series stars Campbell, Lucy Lawless as Ruby, Ray Santiago as Ash’s sidekick Pablo and Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly, who is dragged into fighting evil with Ash and Pablo.

One fun fact, Samara Weaving (The Babysitter and Ready or Not), had a recurring role in the series.

This series received excellent reviews, which doesn’t always happen when a movie crosses over into a series. Be sure to check it out.

3. Day of the Dead: Bloodline

The film Day of the Dead: Bloodline is a second adaptation of the original George Romero film Day of the Dead from 1985. The movie follows the storyline of the original.

In the movie, a group of military personal, along with some civilians and medial personnel, try to battle the dead while trying to discover a cure for the illness that reanimates the dead.

Can the second remake of this film live up to the genius of the original?

The reviews for this one were mostly negative, so tread lightly when viewing this one.

4. Scooby-Doo Zombie Island

For families who want to start their children out in the zombie genre, Scooby-Doo Zombie Island is probably a safe choice.

Scooby-Doo is always a classic cartoon with a not too scary vibe that kids and kids at heart love.

After a year off at Mystery, Inc., the reunites to solve the mystery of the pirate Morgan Moonscar, who is reported to be haunting a bayou island.

Be warned if the younguns are watching; this does have a darker feel than most Scooby-Doo productions. In the original series, the monster was always a human in a costume, but this film touches on the supernatural when the monsters are actually monsters.

5. The Walking Dead

The series The Walking Dead is currently finishing out its tenth season on AMC and really sparked something in the zombie genre.

Netflix currently has seasons 1-9 available to stream. The Walking Dead season 10 is coming soon.

This series follows a group of people and their lives during a zombie apocalypse. The show touches on more than just survival but also relationships that are made throughout the series. The Walking Dead really pulls you in, and you become invested in the characters.

With Greg Nicotero behind the FX for this series, there is terrific gruesome zombies, or walkers, as the series calls them.

This is one to check out for sure if you already haven’t.

6. Z Nation

This series was created for Syfy and ran five seasons. Z Nation is another series that is centered around a zombie apocalypse.

This series starts up three years after the outbreak of a virus that has killed the vast majority of humans. The main character Murphy had been bitten by a zombie and was given a test vaccine that worked. He didn’t turn into a zombie, and now there is hope that his blood will carry the necessary antibodies to create a vaccine that will control the outbreak.

Z Nation is classified as a horror-comedy and did well in its five-season run.

7. Cargo

The film, Cargo, is classified as a horror-drama and gives an emotional look at a post-apocalyptic world.

Starring Martin Freeman as Andy, a man trying to survive in this world while keeping his family safe, the film follows Andy as he does everything he can to protect his infant child.

This film focuses on the survivors of the outbreaking more than the undead. You are given a very dramatic look at survival during an outbreak. Another thing setting this apart from others in the genre is that the infected have 48 hours until they turn. Giving the question, “What would you do if you had two days to live?”  a lot more weight when you know this is your reality.

Martin Freeman does an outstanding job in this film.

8. Ravenous

Ravenous is a French-language horror film set in Quebec after a zombie outbreak.

This film follows the regular zombies eating the flesh of humans and infecting them with their bites as well as they can only be killed by damage to their brains.

Where Ravenous is unique is the way it bounces between the violent fighting scenes to the dark comedy bits thrown in. Reviews state this is a more thoughtful approach to the zombie film.

The film won Best Canadian Film at the Toronto Film Festival and was nominated for five Canadian Screen Awards.

9. #Alive

#Alive is a South Korean zombie film that released in 2020.

The film centers around Joon-woo, a live stream gamer, as he struggles to survive in his apartment during a zombie outbreak in Seoul. Joon-woo takes a practical approach to survival by taking stock of his current supplies and vlogging his journey. As things progress and he starts to run out of food, he discovers he isn’t alone as another survivor is living directly across the street in another complex.

It is a true tale of survival between two people who become friends because they seem to be the only ones alive in a world full of the undead.

10. iZombie

The crime drama iZombie ran for five seasons and received excellent reviews.

The series follows medial resident Oliva “Liv” Moore (Rose McIver), who is turned into a zombie. She discovers feeding on brains allow her to keep some human elements and not allow her to turn in to a flesh ravaged zombie. With her faculties still in place, she can’t imagine killing innocent people to eat, so she finds a job at the local morgue, giving her a buffet of choices.

When she consumes brains, she discovers she can experience flashbacks of the person’s life, which becomes helpful in murder cases. This gives her a glimpse into who the killer is.

Reviewers have stated this was a unique approach to the zombie genre and the whole series received great reviews.

So, what is your favorite zombie show or film? Let us know in the comments below.

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