Zombies have been popular for a while now, but it seems they have just recently hit their peak. From 28 Days Later to ZombiU, the living dead have shambled their way into our hearts. The best bring something unique to the genre, reanimating our interest in zombies.
But how might they fare in an ultimate zombie showdown? If you set aside the normal rules of zombies only feeding on the living for the most part, how might a battle between hordes of zombies turn out? Below are a select few zombie iterations. Check them out and let us know who you think would stay shambling after the battle by voting in the poll. If I missed your favorite zombie series, be sure to chime in below in the comments section with your picks and explanation!
|George A. Romero didn't invent the zombie myth entirely, but he did revolutionize it and bring it shambling into popular culture. Released in 1968, the first film in the series set the zombie stage, but it was Dawn of the Dead in 1978 that popularized the classic slow-moving zombie. It also carried all sorts of cultural commentary.In subsequent films, Romero evolves his zombies. While they never become as intelligently predatory as some of the zombies in Resident Evil, they do begin to take on more human characteristics. Land of the Dead features zombies that actually maintain some semblance of life and, most dangerously, can plan and coordinate their attacks.|
|Robert Kirkman made a huge splash with the 2003 comic series The Walking Dead. It has since blown up into an epic franchise. The Walking Dead TV series has broken cable ratings records and continues into its third season on October 14th, 2012, and the Tell Tale Games have just released Episode 3 of their amazing Walking Dead video game.The zombies from The Walking Dead don't stand out in any particular way from traditional zombies except for one thing: everyone, bitten or not, returns as a zombie when they die. This simple fact changes the landscape of the genre. While the zombie infection in The Walking Dead may not win the showdown, they deserve a place on the list.|
|Consistently ranked as one of the best zombie films of all time, 28 Days Later set the bar high for modern zombie film-making. Its undead hordes aren't just hungry; they're fast, and just one drop of blood can turn a regular human into a galloping beast hungry for human flesh. The follow-up film 28 Weeks Later did a decent job of keeping the spirit of the first movie alive. It also confirmed zombies will starve to death. Of course that doesn't stop another outbreak from occurring.|
|Alright, now we move into abnormal zombies. Arguably, these creatures are more aliens or mutants than zombies, but reanimate the dead and strike the same fear. The Necromorphs of Dead Space take on horrifying shapes. Limbs become scythes and jut out at weird angles. You literally have to dismember them piece by piece. Others have innards liquefied into acid and there are babies that crawl on ceilings and through air-ducts, waiting to pounce. The upcoming Dead Space 3 will undoubtedly feature even more bizarre undead creations. The Necromorphs are one of the must unsettling zombie creations in video game history and definitely have a chance to win the showdown.|
|Like Resident Evil, Left 4 Dead has it all: fast-moving hordes of the living dead and mutated special infected, each with their own special way to mutilate, incapacitate, or devour you. The Boomer can vomit on enemies, calling forth an army of regular zombies to do its dirty work. The Spitter from Left 4 Dead 2 lobs balls of acid from its gut.The star of the show, however, is the Tank, a hulking mutated behemoth with enough raw power throw chunks of pavement. The zombies of Left 4 Dead certainly have a fighting change.|
|Last but not least, the reigning champ and expected winner: the creatures of Resident Evil. Lickers, Executioners, Tyrants, and an assortment of huge mutated bosses threaten to devour or dismember everyone in the Resident Evil franchise. Can they win the zombie showdown? Certainly. But will some group of undead give them some good competition? Let's find out.|