This low-budget thriller took the popular alien invasion theme of '50s sci fi movies and made the aliens invisible (hence the title), but for some reason, the evil E.T.'s decide to inhabit the bodies of corpses, reanimating them to do their bidding. (This raises the question of why, if you have the advantage of being invisible, you'd bother to make yourself visible.) Their slow, plodding style and sullen look predated George Romero's similar-looking Night of the Living Dead zombies by nearly a decade and may have inspired the director in his creation of that landmark film. The entertainment value of this film, however, unlike Night of the Living Dead, is its pure, unintentional camp.
It'll never be confused with high art, but the third entry in the Resident Evil franchise is miles ahead of the dreck that was Resident Evil: Apocalypse. It's amazing what a competent director (Russell Mulcahy of Highlander fame), a scenic desert setting and hot pants with leather stockings will do for you.
30. Evil (2005)
This low-brow zombie comedy is better than it has any right being, thanks in part to a madcap performance by Robert Englund as a neurotic strip club owner who must deal with government-bred zombies surrounding his joint. Not every joke works, but the rapid-fire delivery ensures some laughs, plus the quality gore and, um, "gentlemanly entertainment" make for fun group viewing. Just remember: no disembowelments in the champagne room.
27. Versus (2000)
Martial arts mayhem, kooky characters and non-stop kinetic energy propel this oddball Japanese genre-bender. When a group of gangsters arranges a meeting in the woods where they've dumped the bodies of those they've "bumped off," they don't realize said woods have the power to resurrect the dead. Although the latter portion of the film abandons the lighthearted zombie action, Versus remains an entertainingly wacky entry in the perpetually wacky Asian zombie movie oeuvre (see also Wild Zero, Bio Zombie, SARS Wars, Tokyo Zombie). Director Ryuhei Kitamura would go on to lend his unique visual flair to Midnight Meat Train
26. The Dead (2011)
To date, Resident Evil has stood as practically the only example of a good -- or at least, an enjoyable -- movie based on a video game, making Uwe Boll's career seem all the more pointless in retrospect. It combines traditional zombie thrills with slick video game action that, despite a couple of silly moments (flying kick of a zombie Doberman Pinscher), doesn't undermine the horror elements.
It might seem blasphemous to remake the groundbreaking George Romero classic, but this underrated reimagining of Night of the Living Dead from makeup effects wiz Tom Savini (who previously created the fantastic gore scenes in Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead) actually does an admirable job. Featuring imaginative effects (naturally) and a strong performance from Tony Todd, it boldly avoids becoming a slavish retread -- for better or worse, since the ending isn't nearly as powerful as the original.