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There truly is a zombie film for everyone. The undead — they’re not just for horror geeks! Do you prefer action? There’s a zombie film for that. Like a bit of whimsy or romance with your undead chaos? There’s a zombie film for that. Indeed, whether you’re into slow-burning terror trips or fast-paced thrillers, the zombie genre knows no bounds.

It helps that zombies, as a concept, are quite flexible. Anyone who gate-keeps what "counts" as the walking dead is to be regarded with the utmost suspicion and certainly not allowed within the guarded walls of your gang’s well-armed apocalypse bunker. Are zombies re-animated corpses? Or do humans infected with case of cannibalistic munchies count too? Why split hairs, we say. You know a zombie when you see it. And we’d like to think that in the spirit of the zombie horde, we can be welcoming of all creeds. Zombie-like contagions don’t discriminate, so why should we?

But having cast such a wide net (or trip wire or whatever kind of zombie-catching trap you favor), how do you whittle down all that undead entertainment? With so much zombie fare to choose from, what should you prioritize? That’s where we come in. We’ve picked through the Netflix library like enterprising looters and identified the best of the best when it comes to undead flicks. So enjoy and read on for our picks of the best zombie movies currently streaming on Netflix.

Updated on April 27, 2021: Netflix is full of undead delights. But as the site is constantly changing its catalogue, be sure to check back here each month for all the latest zombie updates.

#Alive

Man against bloody door

A video game live-streamer named Oh Joon-woo is alone in his family’s South Korean home when a mysterious diseases strikes his apartment complex, turning the infected into violent cannibals. As the grisly virus takes hold of the city, the streamer remains locked in his apartment, cut off from the world and with few options of escape but a dogged will to survive regardless. If you ever thought to yourself that #stayathome could be spiced up with a zombie apocalypse, "#Alive" has got you covered. Turns out Twitch streamers with stockpiled ramen are in a good position to sit out the end of the world. If the CGI-suffocated 2020 follow up to "Train to Busan" left you cold, pretend it never happened and that its successor was "#Alive" instead. Don’t let the terrible hashtag title throw you off.

  • Starring: Yoo Ah-in, Park Shin-hye, Jeon Bae-soo
  • Director: Il Cho
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Rating: TV-MA

Army of the Dead

Dave Bautista shooting

A spiritual successor to director Zack Snyder’s debut film "Dawn of the Dead," "Army of the Dead" is what happens when a heist thriller and a zombie flick get in a car crash. After a military highway accident lets a zombie loose, the city of Las Vegas quickly succumbs to the ravenous infection, forcing the government to quarantine the city. Six years later, a group of mercenaries are contracted to enter the quarantine zone to recover $200 million from a casino vault before the military blows the city (and its zombie residents) sky-high with a nuke. A very silly film that knows full-heartedly that it’s silly, "Army of the Dead" is a genre hybrid with unique stakes and exciting set-pieces. How can you not get down with the idea of undead showgirls and a zombified tiger? Heck yeah!

  • Starring: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick
  • Director: Zack Snyder
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 148 minutes
  • Rating: R
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