If you’re like me, you hope they never stop making zombie movies. I love the classics, the new innovations, the comedies, and the cover-your-eyes scary stuff. Zombies speak to our most basic fears, making them extremely versatile on film (see: Why Are Zombies So Damn Scary). Pick any big issue – class warfare, racial inequality, man’s reckless abuse of the planet – and zombies have probably been used to personify the problem.
My nagging concern is that the same can’t be said for zombie movie titles. Many zombie titles are derivative and uninspired, and without great titles to spark the public’s interest, zombies may fade back into the shadows of cinema where they came from. Next thing you know the dead rise, and civilization is destroyed because zombie preparedness hasn’t saturated popular culture enough. These are the things that keep me up at night.
So my question is this (in two parts):
1) What are some of the best zombie titles you’ve ever heard?
2) What great unused zombie titles would be perfect for future projects?
Night of the Living Dead was a grand slam title, no doubt. But if you then add the rest of Romero’s zombie flicks – Dawn, Day, Land, Diary – and also include the Return of the Living Dead series, a big chunk of important zombie cinema has been covered with essentially the same title reworked over and over again. I would think if our collective lives depended on it – and the might just – that we as a society could come up with new and compelling titles moving forward.
Who knows. Maybe together we can save the human race from zombies, one great title at a time…