The list author says: "While The Walking Dead shot the Zombie genre into massive public stardom by bringing their Zombie Drama into the lame stream media, there was once a time when the undead were more trivial. Here is a list of films that birthed and propelled the genre to present day. The Evil Dead movies are not on this list because they are technically not zombies but possessed individuals (supernatural). I also wanted to include as few modern zombie flicks as possible (the DotD remake was too good to leave out)."
"Having only been released one year after George Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978), the make-up and effects of the zombies and deaths in this movie are considerably better. Beyond that, since the movie was filmed in Italian with Italian actors, the story/dialogue/acting is nothing to be touted. Though, we don't necessarily watch horror movies for any of those things, do we."
"Zack Snyder made his mark with this remake that most folks probably didn't expect to be any good. Instead, it's so good that it stands very strong at a high spot on this list. The zombies are great, the action is great, the horror is real. Just everything you could want in a zombie movie AND a remake."
"You'll find this at #1 on most lists. It is the classic zombie movie with the classic title. The story is the basis for zombie formulas of all time. Though I like the actual effects in Fulci's take better, DotD has the perfect flow for a zombie movie with decent acting and a great story. This is a classic that offers lots to love."
"Planet Terror makes use of the chemical infected zombie. The effects in this movie (both practical and digital) are so over the top it makes it a thrill to watch every time. Certainly homaging zombie movies of prior decades, this is not one to be missed."
"The last of the main three "... of the Dead" movies, Day just so happened to come out in the best decade for zombie movies (and maybe horror movies) of all time. That simply means that the effects are very good but the story is much inferior to Dawn."
"If anybody could have done a good remake of NotLD it would be Tom Savini (in charge of special effects for DotD '78). For the simple reason that he understood what needed to happen with the special effects for it to be an effective remake."
"I very much like and respect that this is the general birth of the modernized 'zombie' and it really is a good movie. But because it IS in black and white it IS dated compared to the zombie flicks of the 80's. There are just other zombie movies out there that personify the genre a little better. But obviously without this one, they may not exist. Relevant Mention - The Plague of the Zombies"
"One man. One Cemetery. Lots of returners. A horror comedy of sorts, as an Italian horror movie it's quite good. The effects of in the movie are fantastic, the storyline is great and the dialogue is more or less fitting."
"You got to hand it to a guy who capitalizes on popular American film titles. 'City' of the Living Dead, like Zombie (known in Italy as Zombi 2, as it was being played as the sequel to Dawn of the Dead) is a decent zombie movie with lots of cheap thrills and an acceptable amount of gore."