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20 best movies like The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

List of the best movies like The Return of the Living Dead (1985): Night of the Creeps, Grindhouse, ABCs of Death 2, The Coed and the Zombie Stoner, Plan 9, Frankenfish, Daylight's End, Man's Best Friend, Chillerama, Beyond Re-Animator.

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Markimdb: 6.8
Genrehorror, fantastic, comedy
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
CharactersZombie, Aliens, Monsters, Serial killers, Cannibals
PlotSurvival, Supernatural, Experiments, Saving the World
PlaceSpaceships, College, USA
StyleAtmospheric, Creepy, Disturbing

In 1959, an alien experiment crashes to earth and infects a fraternity member. They freeze the body, but in the modern day, two geeks pledging a fraternity accidentally thaw the corpse, which proceeds to infect the campus with parasites that transform their hosts into killer zombies.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, thriller, comedy, adventure, crime
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration03:11
CharactersZombie, Maniacs, Serial killers, Killers, Cannibals
PlotSurvival, Friendship, Death, Supernatural, Weapon
PlaceUSA
StyleExciting, Heavy, Fancy, Black humor, Disturbing

Two full-length feature horror movies written by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez put together as a two-film feature. Including fake movie trailers in between both movies.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, fantasy, comedy
CountryUSA, New Zealand
Duration02:05
CharactersZombie, Monsters, Hired assassins, FBI
PlotObsession, Supernatural, Justice
TimeHalloween
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Black humor, Creepy

Taking all that was great from the first installment, ABCs OF DEATH 2 aims to be a wilder, leaner, faster paced and even more entertaining anthology this time around, with a new crop of award-winning, visionary filmmakers from around the globe.

Markimdb: 3.6
Genrehorror, fantastic, comedy
CountryUSA
Duration01:31
CharactersZombie, Cannibals, Heroes
PlotPassion, Supernatural
PlaceCollege, Party
TimeNew Year
StyleExciting, Fancy, Black humor

When a sorority girl falls in love with a zombie, it's only a matter of time before a zombie apocalypse is unleashed on campus. The sorority girl discovers that weed is the cure. Now, she must smoke out the whole school before it's too late.

Markimdb: 4.1
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, comedy
CountryUSA
CharactersZombie
PlotSurvival, Apocalypse, Supernatural
StyleAction, Heavy, Depressive, Disturbing

Plan 9 is the story of Nilbog, a small town with a big story. The beginning of an invasion! However, instead of lasers, space ships, and epic force, these aliens have a different plan for the inhabitants of Earth. To resurrect their dead as their own army set with but one goal… To wipe out all mankind! Only the townsfolk on this Halloween night stand in the way of total domination. From the police department, to those trapped in a convenient store, and even those trying to stay alive in the streets, this night will decide the fates of all who walk the planet and thought they were the top of the food chain.

Markimdb: 4.7
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, thriller, comedy, adventure
CountryUSA
CharactersZombie, Monsters, Serial killers, Heroes, Losers
PlotSurvival, Supernatural, Pursuit, Viruses
PlaceSchool
StyleHeavy, Tense, Serious, For men, Disturbing

When the body of a man is found completely destroyed in the swamps in Louisiana, the medical investigator Sam Rivers is assigned to investigate the murder. He travels with the biologist Mary Callahan to the location where the victim lived in a floating house and he meets his family and friends. They find that Chinese snake-heads genetically engineered that belong to a wealthy hunter are attacking and killing the locals. While the group fights to survive, the hunter Jeff arrives with his team to hunt the predators.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, fantasy
CountryUSA
Duration03:58
CharactersZombie, Vampire, Monsters, Cannibals, Terminally ill
PlotSurvival, Disasters, Apocalypse, End of the world, Death
PlaceUSA
TimePost apocalypse
StyleSerious, Disturbing

Years after a mysterious plague has devastated the planet and turned most of humanity into blood-hungry creatures, a rogue drifter on a vengeful hunt stumbles across a band of survivors in an abandoned police station and reluctantly agrees to try to help them defend themselves and escape to the sanctuary they so desperately need.

Markimdb: 5.2
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, comedy
CountryUSA
Duration01:27
CharactersZombie, Dogs, Heroes, Losers
PlotSurvival, Superpowers, Investigation, Supernatural, Viruses
PlaceLaboratory
StyleHeavy, Tense, Serious, For men, Disturbing

A dog turns from man's best friend into man's worst nightmare as he attacks everything that moves.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, comedy
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
CharactersZombie, Gay, Werewolf, Monsters, Gypsies
PlotDancing, Supernatural, Mystery
PlaceBeach, Cemetery
StyleAction, Tense, Fancy

It's the closing night at the last drive-in theater in America and Cecil B. Kaufman has planned the ultimate marathon of lost film prints to unleash upon his faithful cinephile patrons. Four films so rare that they have never been exhibited publicly on American soil until this very night! With titles like Wadzilla, Deathecation, The Diary of Anne Frankenstein, and Zom-B-Movie, Chillerama not only celebrates the golden age of drive-in B horror shlock but also spans over four decades of cinema with something for every bad taste.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrehorror, fantastic, comedy
CountryUSA, Spain
Duration01:32
CharactersZombie, Monsters, Nurses
PlotSurvival, Superpowers, Obsession, Friendship, Supernatural
PlacePrison, Texas, Laboratory, Small cities
StyleHeavy, Black humor, Serious, For men

Once again tampering with mother nature to disastrous results, Dr. Herbert West continues his research while serving time in a maximum security prison for his previous exploits. West's limited prison-cell experiments are suddenly interrupted by the arrival of a new prison doctor and the brother of the girl who suffered from West's experiments 13 years earlier.

Markimdb: 5.1
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, thriller, fantasy, comedy, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersZombie, Vampire, Werewolf, Heroes
PlotTravel, Superpowers, Investigation, Friendship, Supernatural
StyleExciting, Gothic, For men, Disturbing

Supernatural private eye, Dylan Dog, seeks out the monsters of the Louisiana bayou in his signature red shirt, black jacket and blue jeans.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrehorror
CountryUSA
Duration01:32
CharactersZombie, Cannibals
PlotSurvival, Apocalypse, Death, Supernatural
PlaceCemetery, Tomb, Small cities
StyleAction, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

In this remake of the original classic film, a group of people are trapped inside a farmhouse as legions of the walking dead try to get inside and use them for food.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, fantasy, comedy, drama, detective, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:29
CharactersMonsters
PlotSupernatural, Art
PlaceForest, USA
StyleDepressive, Serious, Disturbing

A documentary filmmaker turns his lens on an enigmatic conspiracy theorist who claims he's found the entrance to a vast underground city populated entirely by monsters.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, thriller, comedy
CountryUSA
Duration01:37
CharactersZombie, Heroes
PlotSurvival, Disasters, Apocalypse, End of the world, Supernatural
StyleHeavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

When a comet passes close to the earth, machines all over the world come alive and go on homicidal rampages. A group of people at a desolate truck stop are held hostage by a gang of homicidal 18-wheelers. The frightened people set out to defeat the killer machines ... or be killed by them.

Markimdb: 3.1
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, thriller, comedy, adventure
CountryRussia, USA
Duration01:30
CharactersZombie, Dinosaurs, Heroes, Losers
PlotSurvival, Supernatural, Experiments
PlaceCollege, Texas, Small cities
StyleExciting, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

A group of young people stuck in the small Texas town of Fossil Ridge have to fight for their lives against dinosaurs that have been reanimated by a local scientist.

Markimdb: 2.5
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, comedy, sport
CountryUSA
CharactersZombie, Teens, Robots, Serial killers, Heroes
PlotRevenge, Supernatural, Chase, True love, Rivalry
TimeFuture
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

Seventeen years ago, NASCAR racer Cutter McCullough died in a fiery crash. But death can’t stop a man driven by revenge. He and his car are back from the grave to settle a score with his old girlfriend Tammy and his rival JJ Sawyer. Now JJ, Tammy, and their daughter, Jesse, are hitting the road with the Phantom Racer on their tail.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genrehorror, comedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:26
CharactersZombie, Cannibals, Genie
PlotFight, Death, Supernatural, Jealousy, Funeral
PlaceCemetery
TimeHalloween
StyleFancy, Black humor

It seemed like a great idea when all-around nice guy Max and his beautiful girlfriend, Evelyn moved in together. But when Evelyn turns out to be a controlling, manipulative nightmare, Max knows it’s time to call it quits. There’s just one problem: he’s terrified of breaking up with her. Fate steps in when Evelyn is the victim of a fatal, freak accident, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. Just as Max is thinking about moving on with what could be his dream girl, Olivia – Evelyn has returned from the grave and is determined to get her boyfriend back...even if that means transforming him into one of the undead.

Markimdb: 3.7
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, comedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA, Japan, Italy
Duration01:24
CharactersZombie, Heroes, Special agents
PlotSurvival, Investigation, Supernatural, Viruses
PlaceSchool, Islands, Ships, Beach
StyleHeavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

A scuba diving instructor, her biochemist boyfriend, and her police chief ex-husband try to link a series of bizarre deaths to a mutant strain of piranha fish whose lair is a sunken freighter ship off a Caribbean island resort.

Markimdb: 3.8
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, comedy
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens, Monsters, Aliens
PlotSurvival, Supernatural
PlaceBeach, Party, USA, Sand
TimeGraduation
StyleUnexpected ending, Tense, Black humor, Depressive, Disturbing

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water again, you can’t even get across the sand! BLOOD BEACH meets SPRING BREAKERS in an ace monster mash-up of smart nostalgia and up-to-the-minute visual effects. After an all-night graduation beach party, a group of hung-over students wake up under blazing sun to find their numbers somewhat depleted. An enormous alien creature has burrowed down deep and anyone foolish enough to make contact with the sand finds themselves at the mercy of a sea of flesh-eating tentacles. Will they ever be able to escape its carnivorous clutches?

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrehorror, fantastic, comedy
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:22
CharactersHeroes, Clowns, Punks
PlotSurvival, UFO, Alien invasion, Supernatural, Saving the World
PlaceSpace, Small cities
StyleFancy, Black humor, Disturbing

Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town.

Markimdb: 4.1
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, thriller, adventure
CountryUSA, Lithuania, Italy
Duration01:26
CharactersZombie, Horses, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, Survival, Adventure, Skirmishes, Supernatural
PlaceForest, Bunker, Laboratory
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

Captain Martin Stone is leading a finely-trained, elite platoon of Allied soldiers as they attack an enemy bunker. Underestimating their enemy's strength, they are quickly beaten back into the forest. As they try to regroup, they are suddenly attacked by the same soldiers they had just killed a few minutes earlier. Forced to flee deeper into Russian territory, they discover one of war's most terrifying secrets and realize they have woken up a far more deadlier enemy.

Markimdb: 4.7
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, comedy
CountryRepublic of Ireland
CharactersZombie
PlotSurvival, Supernatural, Viruses
StyleHeavy, Disturbing

A couple's vacation to Ireland transforms into a nightmare as a virus spreads from slaughtered animals to humans, causing the dead to rise and feast on the living.

Markimdb: 5.1
Genrehorror, fantasy, comedy
CountryUSA
Duration01:29
CharactersZombie, Witch, Teens, Cheerleader
PlotRevenge, Body exchange, Supernatural, Rivalry
PlaceSchool
StyleTwisted plot, Disturbing

When tragedy rocks Blackfoot High, rebellious outsider Maddy Killian shocks the student body by joining the cheerleading squad. This decision drives a rift between Maddy and her ex-girlfriend Leena Miller — a loner who claims to practice the dark arts. After a confrontation with the football team, Maddy and her new cheerleader friends are sent on a supernatural roller coaster ride which leaves a path of destruction none of them may be able to escape. Remake of their own 2001 feature film.

Markimdb: 4
Genrehorror, fantastic
CountryUSA
CharactersZombie, Aliens, Monsters, Mutant, Heroes
PlotSurvival, Apocalypse, Supernatural, Viruses, Saving the World
PlaceDeserts, Laboratory
TimeFuture, Post apocalypse
StyleHeavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

The year is 1998, six years after the nuke wars reduced the world to rubble and a few bands of wandering survivors. One of these groups stumbles into an abandoned government research facility, where they were working on making the body capable of creating its own amino acids, thus obviating the need for food. They are then attacked by one of the leftover experiments and begin experiencing an attrition problem.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genrehorror, fantastic, comedy
CountryUSA, Russia
Duration01:28
CharactersZombie, Teachers
PlotSurvival, Apocalypse, Supernatural, Viruses, Jealousy
PlaceSchool, Small cities
StyleBlack humor

A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the kids into a feral swarm of mass savages. An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrehorror, action, comedy
CountryUSA
CharactersZombie, Heroes
PlotSurvival, Apocalypse, Supernatural, Viruses
PlaceCemetery, Small cities
TimeGraduation
StyleExciting, Heavy, Black humor, For men

With Prom only hours away, the usual suspects of Cosa High (Cheerleaders, geeks, bad boys and the happy-go-lucky student council alike) are preoccupied with the annual rituals of teendom. On the night of the big dance when the dead unexpectedly rise to eat the living, polar opposite groups will be forced to unite in their final chance to save the town from the zombies.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrehorror, fantastic, comedy
CountryUSA
Duration01:24
CharactersZombie, Monsters, Serial killers, Losers
PlotObsession
PlaceHotels
StyleUnexpected ending, Fancy, Black humor, Disturbing

A medical school dropout loses his fiancée in a tragic lawnmower incident and decides to bring her back to life. Unfortunately, he was only able to save her head, so he goes to the red light district in the city and lures prostitutes into a hotel room so he can collect body parts to reassemble her.

Markimdb: 4.6
Genrehorror, fantastic
CountryUSA
CharactersZombie, Cannibals
PlotSurvival, Apocalypse, Supernatural, Viruses, Swimming
PlaceIslands, Uninhabited island
TimePost apocalypse
StyleExciting, Heavy, Depressive, Serious, For men

It has been over one year since the start of the outbreak. Our society has collapsed and the world has descended into chaos. Elvis and Tweeter are two of the last people left alive, and band together to flee the United States for a remote island somewhere in the Caribbean. On the island, they find a new community struggling to hold out against an army of corpses. They can join this band of survivors-- but only if they can do what must be done for the good of the group.

Markimdb: 3.1
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, thriller, comedy, adventure, detective, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:26
CharactersZombie, Robots, Hitler, Scientists, Cyborgs
PlotSurvival, Abduction, Supernatural, Snow
PlacePrison, Aircraft, Caves, Antarctica, Laboratory
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious

A group of researchers in Antarctica are abducted by a platoon of masked soldiers and dragged into a hidden continent in the center of the Earth. There, they discover that surviving Nazi soldiers are plotting an invasion of Earth to revive the Third Reich.





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