When you think of zombies it’s unlikely that warm, cuddly feelings come to mind. The flesh-easting horde wants to kill and eat you, not become friends. But there are certain zombies throughout movie history that stand out for their lovable qualities, more than their dietary preference. Here are the six most likeable zombies of all time:
#6) COLIN, COLIN (2008)
Colin tells a simple zombie story from the title character’s point of view as he stumbles home in the midst of a catastrophic zombie outbreak, only to change into a flesh eater himself. The British zombie film Colin, widely reported to have been made for less than $100, was the surprise hit of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival’s film market. It led to writer-director Marc Price landing several other big-budget deals.
#5) HARE KRISHNA ZOMBIE, DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978)
George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead created several iconic zombies, but leading the pack is a bald flesh eater in orange robes. The Hare Krishna zombie stalks an indoor shopping mall looking for victims to convert to his new undead religion. Though he doesn’t get a successful kill onscreen, he continues to be popular with merchandisers who’ve adapted him to everything from action figures to lunch boxes.
#4) ED, SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004)
Though Shaun’s best friend Ed turns into a zombie, he happily lives in the tool shed out back. In fact, released from the pressures of having to keep a job and pay rent, Ed gets to leave all the stress and social logistics to Shaun. Sometimes things don’t change, despite the zombie apocalypse. Shaun of the Dead gives us a world in which your friends can still be your friends, even if they’re zombies.
#3) BUB, DAY OF THE DEAD (1985)
Romero’s third zombie film depicts the undead as capable of learning new skills and evolving over time. Bub still craves human flesh, but he’s not such a bad guy overall. He enjoys music, has a basic understanding of tools, salutes his superior officers, and even learns how to shoot a pistol. While Bub becomes more refined, the humans in Day of the Dead devolve into a chaotic, bickering gang of thugs. Romero begs the question: who is the real menace?
#2) FIDO, FIDO (2006)
Fido, the title character, is an unassuming zombie servant owned by the Robinson family in post-war 1950s America. He serves drinks, plays catch with little Timmy, and seems destined to lead an unassuming death. Of course, things never work out as they’re supposed to in zombie movies, even for the zombies. Fido is a prominent example of the increased humanization of zombies that has emerged in recent years.
#1) FRANK, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (1985)
When medical supply workers Frank and Freddy accidentally release a toxic gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to come back with an overpowering hunger for live human brains. Freddy dies and slowing turns onto a raving zombie, intent on eating his girlfriend. But when Frank is faced with that same fate, he chooses to throw himself into the fires of a nearby crematorium, rather than harm his fellow man.
What other zombies do you find likeable? Who should have made the list that didn’t?