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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Best Classic Zombie Films: What 163 published online rankings say the top 5 classic zombie movies of all time are

Welcome to our Reel Fives pre-launch movie rankings for Classic Zombie movies.  Classic Zombie movies, at times dubbed 'pre-Romero zombie movies', are those films from the beginning of the zombie film genre in 1932 until 1968 when Night of the Living Dead (1968) redefined the genre.  The original concept of a zombie was borrowed from Haitian folklore. In French creole the word zonbi refers to an animated corpse revived using spiritual or magical means, such as by a witch or sorcerer.  Victor Halperin’s White Zombie (1932) starring early horror titan Bela Lugosi is agreed by most people to be the first feature length zombie film. Starting with White Zombie (1932) movies applied their interpretation of the Haitian folklore concept. However, in the decades following White Zombie (1932) the zombie archetype began to evolve. Generally zombies were mindless slow-moving humans that had risen from the dead or come under the control of some entity or person. For example, Ed Wood ties in a science fiction element in his film Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)  in which aliens resurrect corpses and control them through the stimulation of pituitary and pineal glands in attempts to, eventually, destroy mankind. In a similar fashion, combining science fiction and zombies, Jerry Warren’s Teenage Zombies (1959) is about a mad scientist who is trying to take over the United States by transforming everyone into zombies that they may command.  Teenage Zombies (1959) complies with zombies being slow moving and under control but does not incorporate corpse reanimation or a supernatural element. Other relatively well known zombie movies within this genre include White Zombie's sequel Revolt of the Zombies (1936) , King of the Zombies (1941), Voodoo Man (1944) starring Bela Lugosi, and Invisible Invaders (1959).  If interested in this and other zombie film sub-genres see our earlier and more elaborate discussion .

After conducting research, our Reel Fives team has found 163 published zombie movie rankings (listed at the bottom of this post). For each list we have taken the zombie movies they ranked as their top five and include them in Reel Fives' top zombie movies list. Then, in turn, we ranked our top zombie movies list based on how many lists' top five movie each zombie movie made.  In other words Reel Fives' pre-launch zombie movie rankings are based on the top movies through aggregation of published zombie movie rankings.  We recently released our pre-launch top 5 zombie movie rankings and are now providing our zombie sub-genre rankings.  For this we consider the rankings of the zombie movies for each sub-genre among Reel Fives' top zombie movies list. 

Among the zombie movie rankings that are currently published on the web, we only found four classic zombie movies making any top fives. White Zombie (1932) made it as number one likely due to its popularity as the first zombie feature film.  Similarly, Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) gained some attention from today's zombie fans after its appearance in  Tim Burton's comedy biopic Ed Wood (1994).  A large portion of Ed Wood(1994) is devoted to the making of Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959).  I Walked with a Zombie (1943) and The Plague of the Zombies (1966) are highly stylized films that made a contribution to the early horror genre in the use of lighting and cinematography to set the spooky atmosphere that is found in many later horror films. In addition, especially in the case of I walked with a Zombie (1943), they are among the first films to use the zombie genre as a form of social commentary.


 Reel Fives pre-launch top 5 Classic zombie movie rankings


1. White Zombie (1932)
Percent of  tops fives in which it appears: 4.3% 
Director:Victor Halperin,
Budget:  $50,000
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2. I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
Percent of  tops fives in which it appears: 3.1% (top 5 in four lists)
Director: Jacques Tourneur,
Budget:  not available
(watch on Amazon)
3.(tied) Plague of the Zombies (1966)
Percent of  tops fives in which it appears:  0.6% (top 5 in one list)
Director: John Gilling
Budget: not available
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3.(tied) Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
Percent of  tops fives in which it appears:  0.6% (top 5 in one list)
Director: Edward D. Wood, Jr.
Budget: $60,000
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 Here is the list of 163 zombie movie rankings lists: 
Paste Magazine (their top 15 zombie movie rankings)
Boston (their top 30 zombie movie rankings)
Cultured Vultures (their top 15 zombie movie rankings)
Rolling Stone (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Games Radar (their top 30 zombie movie rankings)
The Ghost Diaries (their top 40 zombie movie rankings)
Ew (their top 25 zombie movie rankings)
Movieweb (their top 16 zombie movie rankings)
Day of the zombie (their top 25 zombie movie rankings)
Watch Mojo (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Fandango (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
What Culture (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Filmschoolwtf (their top 100 zombie movie rankings)
Sky (their top 20 zombie movie rankings)
the top tens (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
wptz (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Standard (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Ask men (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Zombie Place (their top 25 zombie movie rankings)
Cheat Sheet (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Flick Chart (their top 100 zombie movie rankings)
All Womens Talk (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Ebay (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
India Today (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Hell Horror (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Mubi (their top 20 zombie movie rankings)
The Script Lab (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
The Richest (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Franks Reel Reviews (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
IGN (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Fire movies (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Daily Dead (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Camel clutch blog (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
CNN (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Hero clix world (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
The biggest zombie fan ever (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Kooz top 5 (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Heavy (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Ranker (their top 456 zombie movie rankings)
Doodle (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Zombie Rama (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Horror Fox (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Scifinow (their top 20 zombie movie rankings)
Mulligans spew (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Movie Moron (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Culch (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Top teny (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
What movies should i watch (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Zombies for breakfast (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Paper droids (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Swollen Pickles (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Frequency (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Best horror movies (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
fogs movie reviews (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
List verse (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Listal (their top 17 zombie movie rankings)
u'th time (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
access hollywood (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Journal Star (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Scary Website (their top 30 zombie movie rankings)
The inevitable zombie apocalypse (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Funk's house of geekery (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
gbhbl (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
about entertainment (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Al (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Top 10 filme (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
reel world theology (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Yahoo (their top 8 zombie movie rankings)
Moe at the movies (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Orlando Sentinel (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Lansing state journal (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Showtime showdown (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Pumpy Shumpy (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Complex (their top 25 zombie movie rankings)
401AK47 (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
My five best (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
i09 (their top 13 zombie movie rankings)
Teen (their top 7 zombie movie rankings)
Malaysian digest (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Plug-in (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
The lake today (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Taste of cinema (their top 14 zombie movie rankings)
The robot's voice (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Pop crunch (their top 14 zombie movie rankings)
Flick sided (their top 8 zombie movie rankings)
Retro crush (their top 20 zombie movie rankings)
Hub pages (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Bug my day (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Imdb (their top 25 zombie movie rankings)
ihorror (their top 15 zombie movie rankings)
Beyond the gore (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Sharon Stevenson (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Mavin Media Guru (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Bad movie nite (their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Alle top 10 lijstjes (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
movie pilot (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Horror Homeroom (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
XGN (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Film Enthusiast (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
List Land (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Survivalist Family (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
The Herald (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Love Horror (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
ABC news point (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Superga Cinema (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Enlighten me (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Sundance TV (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Planet terror (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Red flost (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Faveable (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
The sky has fallen (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
viral luxury (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Haunted House (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
stylus magazine (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
top tention (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
criminal element (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Berkeley Place (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
its only a movie (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Zombie planet (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
cultoid (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
movie scene (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
list entertainment (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
ehow (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
spot (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
supermaw (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
topito (their top 20 zombie movie rankings)
amog (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
bluechat (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
forbes (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
mandatory (their top 20 zombie movie rankings)
jarvis city (their top 50 zombie movie rankings)
top list guru (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Tune (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
listosaur (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
scene-stealers (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
the celebrity cafe (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
the movie waffler (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
atomica (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
nerdbastards (their top 25 zombie movie rankings)
cinema nerdz (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
addicted to horror movies (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
CBS philly (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
maxviral (their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Reality Speaks(their top 100 zombie movie rankings)
Next Level Gamer(their top 100 zombie movie rankings)
Howcast(their top 8 zombie movie rankings)
View Kick(their top 6 zombie movie rankings)
Chicago Reader(their top 5 zombie movie rankings)
Mirror(their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
AsheVille Zombie Walk(their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Buzzfeed(their top 16 zombie movie rankings)
Paper street cinema(their top 25 zombie movie rankings)
List Challenges(their top 50 zombie movie rankings)
Movie Pilot(their top 11 zombie movie rankings)
Movies Drop(their top 20 zombie movie rankings)
Digital Spy(their top 20 zombie movie rankings)
Hollywood(their top 15 zombie movie rankings)
MRQE(their top 36 zombie movie rankings)
Listly(their top 10 zombie movie rankings)
Horror Movies(their top 15 zombie movie rankings)
Rant Hollywood(their top 20 zombie movie rankings)
about entertainment(their top 30 zombie movie rankings)
92 profm(their top 250 zombie movie rankings)

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