We’re always up for a good zombie flick. This list from Paste Magazine is good place to start next time you’re feeling a little undead.
10. Zombeavers Year: 2015 Director: Jordan Rubin Look, if you don’t know before you ever hit “play” exactly what you should be expecting from Zombeavers, I’m not sure how much I can help you. It’s a film about toxic waste-spawned zombie beavers, people. It’s halfhearted as both a horror film and a comedy, with a preponderance of jokes that thud and just enough that will draw an ashamed chuckle. It feels like a throwback to the straight-to-VHS horror schlock of the ’80s and ’90s—simple, kitschy premise, plenty of gratuitous nudity, lots of attempts at humor. By the time people start turning into WERE-BEAVERS near the film’s end, you’ll have settled into a good groove of mocking its flaws and enjoying its alternating shamelessness and reverence for the genre—because at least they attempt some interesting practical effects. Good on you, Zombeavers. It’s trash, but a step above the bottom of the barrel. —Jim Vorel
9. Burying the Ex Year: 2014 Director: Joe Dante It’s been a weird decade for Joe Dante. As a legend in the horror industry for films such as Gremlins and The Howling, and even The Burbs, seeing his name attached to a project always brings it at least a little bit of genre credibility. The films, though, have tended to be uneven—not quite the ugly territory that John Landis sunk into with his last few features, but not far enough away from it, either. Here, Dante gives us a zombie romantic comedy of sorts, although one that can’t quite match up to the likes of the surprisingly decent Warm Bodies. The likable Anton Yelchin (RIP) plays Max, a somewhat nebbish guy with a movie-style beautiful but possessive and controlling girlfriend who ends up being killed in an accident. The only problem—she doesn’t stay in her grave, and returns to his life as a fully sentient zombie just as he’s getting back on the dating market. Occasionally funny, it doesn’t do quite enough with its premise, but Yelchin is reason enough to watch. — J.V.