Max Brooks’ World War Z is a very good book. The oral history concept is wonderful, allowing you to experience the zombie apocalypse from many different viewpoints. Previews for the movie version appear to focus on Brad Pitt so it would seem that World War Z the movie is not an adaptation of the book. Also the behavior of the zombies appears to be completely different. Because of this, I’m going to try and judge World War Z on its zombie and not literary merits.
Netflix is kind enough to provide an actual zombie category here. There are two lesser efforts from George Romero – Land of the Dead and Survival of the Dead. Here are my zombie film picks on instant Netflix for your perusal (sorry for the subtitles):
Dead Snow (2009) – Not rated
“A group of Norwegian friends get the scariest history lesson of their lives during a weekend getaway to the snowy town of Øksfjord, where the party is interrupted by throngs of Nazi zombies who once occupied the area. Armed with a machine-gun-equipped snowmobile, the gang fights for survival in director Tommy Wirkola’s quirky horror, shot on location in the mountains of Norway. The film had its U.S. premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.”
[REC] 3: Genesis (2012) – Rated R
“The third chapter in the blood-chilling REC franchise begins with protagonists Koldo and Clara about to be wed, when several guests begin falling ill. The scene quickly turns ghoulish as those infected by a demonic virus begin to go lethally mad.”
Rammbock (2010) – Not Rated
“Hoping to reunite with his ex-girlfriend, a lovesick young man drops in to see her but instead finds a brash teen plumber — and before you can say “the undead,” the twosome must barricade the door against a legion of insatiable zombies.”