Scare Fare: The Ford Brothers

Who: The Ford Brothers, Jon and Howard, sibling film directors.
What: Their five favorite zombie movies. Jon made the list, Howard approved it.
Where: London, England.
Latest Project: The Dead.

The Dead co-director Jon Ford:
When creating a zombie film, it
helps to be related to the undead.
(Photo credit: Howard J. Ford.)

1. DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) — “Romero’s apocalyptic masterpiece and my all time favorite zombie movie. I’m talking mainly about the European Argento mixed version. The thumping heartbeat rhythm on the TV studio part at the beginning still gets the hairs on the back of my neck standing up. The ultimate zombie movie!”

2. ZOMBIE 2 (or ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS as it’s called back home) (1979) — “This still showcases the best zombies ever committed to film. Truly scary, maggot infested corpses rising from their graves and an early Eighties synth soundtrack that just shouldn’t work but does. Suffocating atmosphere!”

3. THE LIVING DEAD AT MANCHESTER MORGUE (1974) — “Jorge Grau’s atmospheric and creepy zombie movie that turns places of beauty into sheer horror. The red eyes and the sounds the zombies make add an unnerving feel throughout. This film has some great claustrophobic sequences. They don’t make ’em like this anymore!”

4. DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004) — “Not so much a remake as a complete reboot. I thought I would hate this film, but I absolutely loved it. Fast-paced and scary, this comes close to what could be a perfect horror movie. It damn near gave my girlfriend a heart attack! Slam bang horror at it’s best.”

5. SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004) — “I had a hard time choosing between this and Return Of The Living Dead but Shaun has the edge. Laugh out loud funny and scary at the same time, no easy feat. A very witty take on the genre, packed full of gags that will have any zombie fan soiling their undergarments. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are just brilliant to watch. Comic timing that’s second to none.”

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