If you were to go out Family-Feud style and ask 100 people what the most prevalent kind of movie monster is, I’d bet you dollars to doughnuts the number one answer would be vampires. That’s because vampires are one of the oldest, most tried-and true of our cinematic nightmares, embodied across a range of decades by a range of actors with a range of intentions for their bloodsucking characters. But people would be wrong.

Because if you count direct-to-DVD titles, there are more zombie movies out there at present than any other type of horror movie, which is especially odd if you consider that 15 or 20 years ago, outside of the occasional Romero flick, there were hardly any. So what changed? Danny Boyle’s 28 DAYS LATER, basically, which serves as a very important tipping point in the evolution of zombies, which is the exact subject and title of the latest supercut from Jacob T. Swinney for Fandor. Swinney goes way back to the beginning – WHITE ZOMBIE in 1932 – then moves through the popularization of the genre by Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD – through the resurgence in the genre – see the 28 movies, Zack Snyder’s DAWN OF THE DEAD – and right up to our modern glut of quickly-made gore fests.

This is the perfect video to start off your Halloween season, and it provides a number of titles you’ll likely want to add to your horror viewing this month.

The Rise of the Zombie Movie from Fandor Keyframe on Vimeo.

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