Top 15 Bad-Ass Deaths In Zombie Movies

Death and zombies, death and zombies – go together like a horse and carriage. Or so Frank Sinatra did not sing, ever.

But he should have done, because they are a great combination.

Like fish and chips or Madonna and the chronic desire to plunge nails into your eyes.

Of course, that’s because zombies are actually dead, but still somehow manage to die again and deal out death.

(Before you start, we know they are actually ‘undead’).

Anyway, the point is there are a lot of good death scenes in zombie movies – and after having so much fun writing our last zombie list – we decided to do it all over again.

Obviously, we have stuck some different clips in there (mostly) for you to enjoy, but essentially it was just an excuse to enjoy looking up some of our favourite horror films.

We hope you do too.

15. Celebrity death
Dawn Of The Dead (2004)

Bored, the survivors use a sniper rifle to pick out celebrity lookalikes in the parking lot. One of the best moments from a remake that is surprisingly good.

Zack Snyder take a bow.

14. Clown death
Zombieland (2007)

I hate clowns. God damn painted freaks.

13. Elevator death
Day of the Dead (1985)

Not your average elevator death. Shaun of the Dead paid homage to this scene.

12. Tummy ache

From: Day of the Dead

Genuinely quite stomach-churning.

11. Eye popping

From: Diary of the Dead

The only good bit in the film.

10. Kiss of death
28 Weeks Later

Robert Carlyle has just been reunited with his wife, who he?d abandoned for dead in the first scene of the film.
What he doesn?t realise, is she?s still infected with the Rage.

9. Head explosion!!!
Dawn of the Dead (1978)

The second most famous head explosion in movie history.

8. Piano death

Woman takes out a zombie Harold Lloyd-style.

7. ?I kick ass for the Lord!”
Braindead (1992)

A local priest goes all Bruce Lee on some zombies, but fails to see the point.

6. Don’t go into the cellar
Evil Dead 2 (1987)

Redneck is turned into a red pool.

5. Splitting headache
Dead Snow (2009)

Norwegian guy gets his head literally torn apart.

4. Lawnmower man
Braindead (1992)

Cutting the zombies down to size.

3. That bit with the tree (You know the one)

From: Evil Dead (1981)

Obviously, one of the most notorious deaths in horror history.

2. Kill Bill

Bill Murray in one of the best cameos ever.

1. ?Choke on em?
Day of the Dead (1986)

Surely one of the finest deaths in horror history.

[Compiled by Holly Clarke]


  1. required says

    i like that the norwegian guy was wearing a “brain dead” t-shirt while getting his head ripped apart, and was also listed directly before one of the many awesome death scenes from “brain dead.”

  2. says

    This is a horrible list.

    For starters, the scene that Shaun of the Dead paid tribute to is the scene where Rhodes is getting torn apart and he screams “Choke on ’em!”, not this elevator scene you say is tributed.

    Then you’ve got the Evil Dead films here, when clearly the people are possessed, not zombies. And the tree scene from the first Evil Dead film does not result in the character getting murdered, she gets raped and she runs back to the cabin, only to change into a deadite later. The character of Bobbi Jo from Evil Dead 2 is the one that gets killed by the trees.

  3. says

    the helicopter lopping off the zombie’s head in ’86’s Day of the Dead is the best of them all and not even on this list – so matter-of-fact

  4. says

    Braindead (aka Dead Alive) is one of my favorite zombie movies ever. Anytime you have a priest zombie screwing a granny zombie, you’ve got some good times.

  5. mithaearon says

    Day of the Dead was infact 1985 not 86, also I think the scene you are talking about was in the orginal Dawn of the Dead.

  6. says

    Yep its the original Dawn. Not sure of the years tho and what about the daughter in the b&w original to not include at least a single scene from the movie that started it all is sacrilege

  7. dave says

    You left out the best part of the “choke on em” scene Bub saluting after shooting and leaving him for the rest of the zombies to eat.