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This Is the Best Zombie Movie of All Time, According to Data

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5. Zombieland (2009)
> IMDb user rating: 7.6 out of 10 (541,908 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 86% (643,581 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 89% (257 reviews)
> Director: Ruben Fleischer

In “Zombieland,” four humans untouched by the virus that turns people into zombies have to fight off ravenous hordes of the undead. Starring a post-“Cheers” Woody Harrelson, the film’s combination of comedy and horror earned it a score of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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4. The Evil Dead (1981)
> IMDb user rating: 7.5 out of 10 (194,931 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 84% (202,972 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 95% (61 reviews)
> Director: Sam Raimi

Sam Raimi wrote and directed “The Evil Dead,” which introduced Ash Williams as a young man horrified to see his friends become possessed by evil spirits in a cabin in the woods. “The right amount of gore and black humor” are why Rotten Tomatoes critics gave it a score of 95%.

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3. Evil Dead II (1987)
> IMDb user rating: 7.7 out of 10 (154,088 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 89% (148,534 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 95% ( 60 reviews)
> Director: Sam Raimi

Sam Raimi wrote and directed the second of the three Evil Dead films in which hero Ash Williams fights demons in a secluded cabin that have possessed his girlfriend. Rotten Tomatoes critics appreciated the amped up special effects that they said made the sequel at least as good as the original.

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2. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
> IMDb user rating: 7.9 out of 10 (121,700 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 87% (130,710 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% ( 74 reviews)
> Director: George A. Romero

George A. Romero, the godfather of gore, set the standard for zombie flicks with this black-and-white masterpiece filmed in documentary style. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes hailed the movie for its “tight editing, realistic gore, and a sly political undercurrent.”

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1. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
> IMDb user rating: 7.9 out of 10 (530,779 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 93% (498,702 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 92% (213 reviews)
> Director: Edgar Wright

Mixing comedy and horror, “Shaun of the Dead” is about a going-nowhere 30-something living on the fringes of London who has to defend his girlfriend and mother from zombies who’ve taken over the city. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes said the film had “loads of wit.”

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