12 Best Zombie Movies on Netflix


There’s nothing quite like a weekend of watching zombie movies to help you relax after a long week. But what if you’re not an expert in zombie movies and don’t know what to choose? Some productions might be exclusive to other streaming services, while others might not be as good as you’d expect. Well, worry not, as we have compiled a list of some good zombie movies that are currently streaming on Netflix. Without any further ado, let’s see what they are:

12. Splinter (2008)

Release Date on Netflix: N/A
Director: Toby Wilkins
Runtime: 1 hour 22 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.1
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%
MPAA Rating: rated R for violence, gore, and language
Streaming on: Netflix Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Denmark

One of the strangest zombie movies on this list, Splinter takes a look at a different type of zombie. In this 2008 horror flick, a couple is trapped in a gas station with two kidnappers by a voracious parasite. The parasite has the form of a series of splinters, and everybody hurt by it gets infected.

What’s interesting is how the parasite controls the host. While the host is still alive, the splinters start multiplying, eventually twisting and controlling the body to their will. It’s one of the most gruesome Netflix zombie movies. Directed by Toby Wilkins, this flick stars Charles Baker, Jill Wagner, Paulo Costanzo, Shea Whigham, Rachel Kerbs, and Laurel Whitsett.

11. Juan De Los Muertos (2011)

Release Date on Netflix: April 2nd, 2016
Director: Alejandro Brugués
Runtime: 1 hour 32 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.5
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%
MPAA Rating: not rated in the USA, R in Canada, between 12+ and 16+ in the rest of the world
Streaming on: Netflix El Salvador, Mexico

Another weird entry on our list of zombie movies on Netflix, Juan de lost Muertos is one to remember. In this 2011 horror comedy, a group of slacker friends discovers that the Cuban government is trying to cover up a zombie outbreak. Our heroes decide to profit off the civil unrest, and open a business which involves killing your loved ones.

The movie was directed and written by Alejandro Brugués. It stars Alexis Díaz de Villegas, Jorge Molina, Andros Perugorría, and Andrea Duro. Filmed entirely in Cuba, the movie mocks politics, cover-ups, and even zombie clichés. Interestingly, though you may not expect it, it is also a good commentary on civil unrest and revolutions.

10. What We Become (2015)

Release Date on Netflix: October 10th, 2016
Director: Bo Mikkelsen
Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
IMDb Rating: 5.7
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%
MPAA Rating: not yet rated in the USA, rated 15+ – 16+ in the rest of the world
Streaming on: Netflix USA

What We Become, originally titled Sorgenfri in Danish, is the story of a family that faces the end of the world in the most gruesome way possible: a zombie apocalypse. The cameras follow the four family members going about their business in the Sorgenfri suburb while a highly contagious virus is threatening humanity. They suddenly find themselves in great danger, and the pressure of survival is only putting a strain on their relationship as a family.

9. Pontypool (2008)

Release Date on Netflix: N/A
Director: Bruce McDonald
Runtime: 1 hour 33 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.7
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%
MPAA Rating: not rated in the USA, rated 13+ – 16+ in the rest of the world
Streaming on: Netflix USA and Japan

People going into this movie expecting to see rampaging zombies might be in for a bit of disappointment. Instead of the typical zombie apocalypse, this movie brings a lot more to the table. As a deadly virus starts spreading through a small Ontario town, tensions grow higher. And this psychological thriller does an excellent job of presenting that.

Written by Tony Burgess both as a novel and as a screenplay, the movie was directed by Bruce McDonald. It stars Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, and Georgina Reilly. And it is, without a doubt, one of the best zombie movies on Netflix. In fact, Pontypool was also considered the best zombie movie of the year.

8. Dead Snow (2009)

Release Date on Netflix: N/A
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.4
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%
MPAA Rating: not yet rated in the USA, rated between 15+ and 21+ in the rest of the world
Streaming on: Netflix USA, France, and Italy

This Norwegian movie features a group of students beginning their Easter holiday in a peaceful cabin deep into the cold and ruthless Norwegian mountains. Dead Snow seems to be inspired by folkloric “draugrs”, undead creatures that protect their belongings (most of them stolen). After a series of dangerous events most of them got out of, the students unknowingly find and pocket part of the Nazi zombies’ treasure which only decreases their chances of survival.

7. Re-Animator (1985)

Release Date on Netflix: N/A
Director: Stuart Gordon
Runtime: 1 hour 44 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%
MPAA Rating: rated R in the USA, between 13+ and 18+ in the rest of the world
Streaming on: Netflix USA and the UK

Based on a tale by H.P. Lovecraft, Re-Animator is yet another bizarre flick on this list of Netflix zombie movies. With gore and horror aplenty, the accent in this campy ‘80s movie is on humor. A medical student and his girlfriend get involved in an experiment revolving around reanimating the dead. Comedy and horror blend perfectly in one of the best movies to come out of the eighties.

Directed by Stuart Gordon, Re-Animator was adapted into a screenplay by Dennis Paoli, William Norris, and Stuart Gordon. It stars Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, and Barbara Crampton, and it was so well-received that it spawned two sequels. It is certainly one of the best zombie movies on Netflix.

6. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Release Date on Netflix: N/A
Director: Zack Snyder
Runtime: 1 hour 41 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%
MPAA Rating: rated R in the USA, between 13+ and 18+ in the rest of the world
Streaming on: Netflix Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Japan

A remake of the 1978 Romero classic, 2004’s Dawn of the Dead has quite a few things going for it. First of all, it was co-written by George A. Romero himself, along with Guardians of the Galaxy’s James Gunn. It was also directed by Zack Snyder, proving that disaster and horror movies are what he wants to direct.

Dawn of the Dead tells the story of a group of people taking refuge from zombies in a Midwestern megamall. It stars Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Ty Burrell, Michael Kelly, Lindy Booth, and a slew of other actors. It is one of the best zombie movies on Netflix, as well as of all time.

5. [REC] (2007)

Release Date on Netflix: September 1st, 2015
Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza
Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%
MPAA Rating: rated R in the USA, between 14+ and 18+ in the rest of the world
Streaming on: Netflix Japan

One of the best found-footage movies in the past decade, [REC] is a Spanish horror movie with a twist. As a reporter and her cameraman follow a team of firefighters, they are called to an old woman’s house. After they enter the building to horrifying screams, they quickly get quarantined. A very long and terrifying night is in store for the residents.

Despite getting a US-based remake, it’s the Spanish version of the film that shines. It was directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, and written by Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza, and Luiso Berdejo. [REC] stars Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, and Pablo Rosso. Many other Spanish actors are featured in terrifying roles.

4. 28 Days Later (2002)

Release Date on Netflix: N/A
Director: Danny Boyle
Runtime: 1 hour 53 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%
MPAA Rating: rated R in the USA, between 14+ and 18+ in the rest of the world
Streaming on: Netflix Brazil, Argentina, Aruba, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and El Salvador.

The story of 28 Days Later takes place after an incurable, fatal virus spreads throughout the UK. A group of survivors tries to find sanctuary from the highly infective, blood-thirsty rage zombies rampaging through the kingdom. But as it turns out, humans can be just as bad as the infected. Will our heroes make it out alive?

It stars Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris, Noah Huntley, Brendan Gleeson, and a bunch of other well-established English actors. This entry on our list of zombie movies on Netflix was directed by Danny Boyle, and it was written by Alex Garland. It also spawned a weaker sequel, 28 Weeks Later.

3. Zombieland (2009)

Release Date on Netflix: February 12th, 2017
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%
MPAA Rating: rated R in the USA, between 12+ and 16+ in the rest of the world
Streaming on: Netflix Argentina, Aruba, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, EL Salvador, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom.

A very difficult entry to top, Zombieland is, without a doubt, one of the best zombie movie ever made. After a zombie virus decimates America, four unwitting individuals partner up to make it easier to reach their goals. Along the way they learn to trust each other, all while kicking some flesh-hungry zombie behinds.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Zombieland was written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The movie stars Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin. It also features a huge array of celebrity cameos, like Bill Murray as himself, Amber Heard, and others. So, what zombie movies on Netflix are better than Zombieland?

2. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Release Date on Netflix: March 1st, 2014
Director:  George A. Romero
Runtime: 1 hour 36 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%
MPAA Rating: rated TV-MA in the USA, between 14+ and 18+ in the rest of the world
Streaming on: Netflix USA, France.

Although heavily criticized in the ’70s for displaying explicit gore, Night of the Living Dead is one of the best zombie movies on Netflix. In fact, the movie eventually earned its place in the National Film Registry for being significant to cinematography from a cultural, historical, and/or aesthetical point of view.

Ben and Barbara, the main characters in Night of the Living Dead, find refuge in a farmhouse in the rural Western Pennsylvania after being attacked by zombies when visiting Barbara’s father’s grave. Soon after, they find out 5 other people used the basement of the house as a shelter. And even though this would normally mean more chances of survival, the situation escalates when one of them becomes adamant about being in charge.

1. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Release Date on Netflix: October 13th, 2014
Director: Edgar Wright
Runtime: 1 hour 39 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%
MPAA Rating: rated R in the USA, between 12+ and 18+ in the rest of the world
Streaming on: Netflix Australia, New Zealand, France, and Germany

You probably saw this coming, but it was impossible for this horror comedy not to get first place. The first in the Three Flavor Cornetto Trilogy, Shaun of the Dead is the perfect movie. Directed by Edgar Wright, the movie stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Peter Serafinowicz, and others. And it is not only one of the best zombie movies on Netflix, but one of the best ever made.

The movie tells the story of two best friends trying to make it out of the zombie apocalypse alive. While attempting to rescue their loved ones, they eventually end up doing what they do most nights – going to the Manchester, having a pint, and waiting for everything to blow over. Wright’s genius perfectly blends comedy with horror, and few left the theaters without shedding a tear when this masterpiece premiered.

We hope that you enjoyed our list of the best zombie movies on Netflix. Of course, there will be some differences of opinion. So, please, leave your comments in the section below. If we happened to miss a great zombie movie that’s streaming on Netflix, please let us know. Until next time, be careful with how and what you binge watch!

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