Year after year, whether it’s comic books, video games, movies, or even TV shows, there is a sprawling, bloody fever of zombie fanaticism on the rise that may not have even yet reached it’s peak (we should be so lucky!). As zombie movies grow into a bigger trend of pop culture, whether you like it or not, you are undoubtedly a fan of zombies if you’ve enjoyed even just 10% of the horror movies that have come out in the past few years. This year, quite a few are set for release, so we’ve put together this list of the top 10 zombie movie 2012 for you to get excited about…and drool over…and growl over…and possibly decapitate your neighbor with your teeth over..
The list of Top 10 Zombie Movies 2012
- World War Z
- Warm Bodies
- The Zombie King
- Resident Evil 5: Retribution
- REC 3: Apocalypse (Spain)
- Deadlands III: The New World
- A Little Bit Zombie (Canada)
- Another World (Israel)
- Archaic Redemption
#10 “World War Z”
Starting at number ten on our top 10 zombie movies 2012 list is World War Z, not because we think it’ll suck, but because it is actually not going to be released in 2012 anymore — we found out that Paramount is planning on releasing World War Z on June 21st, 2013 but we left it in our top 10 zombie movies 2012 list because there is still going to be considerably more talk and interest in it over the rest of the year. Read on to find out why..
Based on the popular novel of the same name by Max Brooks from 2006, this is a story of the survivors who have been suffering for 10 years after the human victory over the world wide zombie epidemic which is known as World War Z. Compared with other zombie movies, “World War Z” focuses on the views, behaviour, and mentality of the survivors who are facing the end of the world at the helm of a new zombie terror.
The movie has a lot of anticipation due to its array of male celebrities including Bradd Pitt in the lead role, Mathew Fox, David Morse, Bryan Cranston, Elyes Gabel from Game of Thrones among others. It was originally suppsoed to have Mathew Fox as the lead role, so there have been some casting changes. Probably the most notable production issue that has come about was when the production team ran into a major problem in Budapest, Hungary back in Oct 2011 because they brought fully operational weapons into the country without permission and had false documentation for them — they somehow managed to get the charges dropped by making it impossible for the authorities to prove who actually owned the guns.. Yea..
Nevertheless, the movie was originally slated for release on December 21, 2012, the day the world is supposed to end (dun dun dun!) but is now pushed back to Jun 21, 2013. Will we be around to see it?
#9 “Warm Bodies”
Another movie that was supposed to be released this year and thus made the top 10 zombie movies 2012 list is the story that is based on Isaac Marion’s novel Warm Bodies which is a longer version sequel of his own quirky zombie short story called I am a Zombie Filled with Love. Summit entertainment business gets Jonathan Levine (who is also directing “The Wackness” and “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane”) to be the movie director of “Warm Bodies”. top 10 zombie movie 2012 The story is about a zombie named “R” falls in love with a 19 years old girl, Julie whose boyfriend got killed by “R” and another zombie “M”. The power of love causes a series chain reaction. It not only breaks the forbidden relationship between zombies and human beings, but also changes the whole world. They claimed that this movie will be a zombie version of “Twilight” — let’s hope it isn’t…
#8 The Zombie KingA movie that actually IS slated to release in 2012, the Zombie King stars lost actors Edward Furlong and Cory Feldman in a British production being called a “horror comedy”, which I’m not sure is a good thing or a bad thing. Directed by Aidan Belizaire, this movie is the first of Northern Girl Productions.
#7 Resident Evil 5: Retribution
#6 “REC 3: Apocalypse (Spain)
Based on a graphic novel, this story is about a young man, Nick Walker, who gets killed while on duty as a police officer and then subsequently becomes part of a whole team of zombie cops. Yes, a team of zombie cops. You heard me right. They work for the Rest In Peace Department and Nick tries to find his killer — almost like The Crow but less gothy and more ridiculous. Looks like a great addition to the top 10 zombie movies 2012 list.
#4 Deadlands III: The New World
#3 “A Little Bit Zombie (Canada)
#2 – “Another World (Israel)”
How many zombie movies from Israel are there? Let’s give this one a shot and see what they can come up with.
#1 – Archaic Redemption
From director Anthony Brownrigg, this upcoming zombie film makes it to #1 on the list of top 10 zombie movies 2012 for a couple reasons: one is because it’s based on a Second Life roleplaying game that takes place in Necroville, a post-apocolyptic town in Second Life, which is breaking ground in the world of movie making. While many movies have been based on role playing games and computer games, none have yet been based on a virtual reality game like Second Life. Most of the players of the game actually spend real money on virtual products and services offered by the game and other players. Second Life, being what it is, already crosses the virtual world with the real world in this way, but making a movie based on a subculture of Second Life presents both challenges and innovation to movie making that we hope to see here.
The second reason it’s ground-breaking, and deserving of the #1 spot on our list of Top 10 Zombie Movies 2012 is said best from Brownrigg himself in an interview: “It’s a different view on the undead. They’re not mindless, they know what they were, who they are.” The staple zombie archetype is of a braindead moron who craves human flesh and the CoLA crew really created a new type of society where the undead “live” among everyone else.
The story is about a young man who must brave an undead gang in the efforts to find his sister in the post apocalyptic world of Lost Angels. While there hasn’t been much discussion about its completion or release for a while, there has been test footage and interviews released, see below:
Anthony Brownrigg Interview
A walkthrough of CoLA (City of Lost Angels) in the Second Life game world