The mash-up isn’t a particularly new idea but it is one that is becoming increasingly popular in Hollywood at the moment. We’ve just had Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter and Cowboys Vs Aliens and they were both inspired by the immensely popular novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and that got us thinking: What other films would be better, or at least a little more fun, with some zombies thrown in for good measure?
A scene from cockneys vs zombies, the guys on braving zombies to get some coffee supplies
The Shawshank Redemption
The film tells the story of Andy Dufresne, an innocent man who is sent to Shawshank State Prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Luckily his incarceration coincides with a zombie outbreak that shields him and the other inmates from the virus that will destroy human civilisation. In complete contrast to the original, Andy must reinforce the prison that is slowly being torn down by the zombie hoard that surrounds it.
Of course the original was directed by Frank Daranbont who is also famous for his immensely successful zombie show The Walking Dead. So if you can’t wait for this movie to be made maybe you should probably check that out; and the third series is set in a prison.
The Truman Show
The film chronicles the life of Truman Burbank who is unaware that he lives in an artificial reality where the government have released a bioweapon which turns people into zombies. Each week the shows viewers vote on an event that will have potentially hazardous ramifications on Truman’s friends and family.
Unlike the original, Truman is unaware of the artificial nature of his enclosure but he sets off all the same to find a place that is a little less dangerous and where he can have some respite from the zombie hoard. When he finally reaches the wall he has to decide whether or not to release the virus to the world.
In the future one man, Neo, is awoken from an artificial world called the Matrix, only to realise that the real world is a miserable underground mess. Depressed by the reality he faces Neo decides to use his programming skills to install a zombie mod into the Matrix and spends the rest of his days kicking Zombie ass and stealing Ferraris. It might be as good a movie, but that’s what I would do if I had the means.
This Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow to tell the people of Pennsylvania whether spring will come early this year. Little do they know, but Punxsutawney Phil is carrying a deadly groundhog virus that infects the people of the town.
At the scene is Phil Connors, an egocentric weatherman from Pittsburgh who finds himself trapped in a time loop that repeats over and over until he can survive a day without being eaten by the feral zombies that are ravaging the neighbourhood.
Night of the Living Dead: Now with more Zombies
Without George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead there would be no zombie genre. It is the daddy of them all, which is why it would be so perfect to give it the modernisation it requires. Instead of remaking the thing, I believe that’s already been done twice, we hire George Lucas and have him superimpose modern zombies over the original reel and add dialogue where it isn’t necessary. This time around we’ll have spitting zombies, running zombies, exploding zombies and even a Jar Jar zombie. That’s exactly what the fans are after…
Here we have an unusual title because this one is actually a real thing, albeit a comic. Marvel Zombies is a five-issue limited series published way back in 2005 and it goes a little something like this: Within the Marvel Multiverse there is an alternate version of Earth where a zombie Sentry crash lands and infects the Avengers. The superheroes retain their minds but are driven by hunger for fresh meat and, despite their growing need, try to save as many human civilians as possible.
After the success of The Avengers and everything else Marvel touches it seems like a no-brainer to get this one up and running. Let’s just hope there’s a movie executive with the guts to see this one through.
Every Disney Movie Ever
Who wouldn’t want to see the most innocent and inoffensive series of movies reimagined with more blood, guts and gore than the elevator scene in The Shining?! Just picture Raifiki hurling Simba into a herd of wandering zombies as a sacrifice to the “Circle of Life” or Aladdin, zipping through the streets of Agrabah kicking the heads off zombies whilst singing: “One jump ahead of the Zombies. One swing, his head with my sword.” Perfect.
Planet of the Zombie Apes
A crew of astronauts crash land on a strange planet in the distant future which is filled with brainless zombies. The crew are immediately attacked by a hoard and all but one die: Taylor. The lone survivor stumbles across a society in which apes have evolved into intelligent beings and he is quickly taken in. Despite believing he is saved, he slowly begins to become suspicious of Dr Zaius, an evolved Orang-utan Doctor, who it turns out believes Taylor’s DNA might hold the key to destroying the zombies once and for all. We’ll let you decide whether it’s the zombies or the apes that have the “stinking paws”.
A Fistful of Zombies
“A film where Clint Eastwood Kicks Zombie Ass” is a tagline that would hook just about anyone and with the success of Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption, which also featured a zombie mode, it seems like an idea that would just work. Just imagine “The Man with No Name” killing zombies that no longer have a name. Now, that’s the Spaghetti Western for me.
Dom Cobb is a thief who commits corporate espionage by breaking into the unconscious mind of his targets. What he didn’t count on during this heist was his target being an enormous zombie fan and his subconscious mind is littered with increasingly aggressive zombies as he descends into the depths of his unconscious. And of course, in this film there will be more strippers because it was simply unrealistic that the men in the original didn’t think about sex every seven seconds. Fact.
So there you have it 10 Films remade with Zombies. Of course there are thousands of other films out there that would benefit from some zombies, and we would love to hear your thoughts. Sound off below and if we get some good suggestions we might even do a follow up post. So start using your brains, braaaaains…. I’ll get my coat.