9 Upcoming Zombie Movies of 2018 & Beyond (Updated)

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2017 was a pretty solid year for zombie movies, with The Girl with All the Gifts cementing itself as one of the best of all-time. Now we’re heading into 2018, and it’s time to take a look at the few upcoming zombie movies we have to look forward to.day of the dead bloodline zombie

The zombie movies coming in 2018 sound intriguing, and some of them even have some A-list stars in them. It’s just unfortunate that there are so few new zombie flicks coming next year — at least that we currently know about. But most of what’s coming looks good.

So without further ado, here are the new and upcoming zombie movies of 2018 and beyond:

**Updated 12/11/17: Added Day of the Dead: Bloodline, Rise of the Living Dead, Road of the Dead, and Dead Snow 3

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1. Day of the Dead: Bloodline

Release Date: January 5, 2018
Starring: Sophie Skelton, Johnathon Schaech, Jeff Gum
Director: Hector Hernandez Vicens

Day of the Dead: Bloodline is based on the characters created by zombie king George A. Romero, and it was announced way back in 2013. We’re not talking about World War Z zombies climbing walls and “doing backflips”, according producers Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman. The zombie film will hit theaters in early January, giving us some zombie goodness to look forward to at the start of the year.


2. Patient Zero

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Release Date: TBA 2018
Starring: Natalie Dormer, Matt Smith, Stanley Tucci

This is one of the most anticipated zombie movies on this list, but unfortunately, it was pulled from the 2017 calendar and pushed into TBD territory. Patient Zero will revolve around a global pandemic that turns the majority of humankind into violent zombies (called “Infected”). The film will follow a man who has been gifted with the ability to speak the zombies’ language, and he will use it to lead the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure. We’re definitely looking forward to this one, and as it stands right now, it’s our most anticipated zombie movie of the year.

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3. Marilyn: Zombie Hunter

Release Date: TBD
Starring: Fred Williamson, Laurene Landon, Sarah French
Director: Thomas J. Churchill

Marilyn: Zombie Hunter is an interesting film with an interesting D-list cast, including Fred Williamson (Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption, Starsky & Hutch), the spicy Sarah French (Zombie Dollz, American Rescue Squad), and Laurene Landon (Airplane II: The Sequel, Maniac Cop). The film is just what it sounds like: Marilyn Monroe (played by French) in a bloodbath horror film, slaying zombies and looking sexy. It’s going to be filled with plenty of pop culture camp, with the director teasing “think Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Kill Bill.” Sold! We are fully expecting Marilyn: Zombie Hunter to be entirely ridiculous, but in a good way.


4. World War Z 2

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Release Date: TBD, but allegedly 2019
Starring: Brad Pitt
Director: David Fincher (Rumored)

We don’t know much about the upcoming World War Z sequel, except for its release date and that Brad Pitt will be returning. The original film did not live up to the expectations of many fans of the novel by Max Brooks, and it was received luke warm critically. Still, wWe’re anxiously awaiting more details about World War Z 2, but for now, here’s what we know so far…


5. An Accidental Zombie (Named Ted)

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Release Date: TBA 2018
Starring: Naomi Grossman, Yoshua Sudarso, Hemky Madera

An Accidental Zombie (Named Ted), formerly titled simply A Zombie Named Ted, will follow the tale of Ted, a newly minted zombie struggling with his newly found condition. He’s got the “skin thing” while on vacation in the Caribbean, and a never-ending hunger for brains. Zombie Ted inherits his grandfather’s fortune, but he has to wait for him to die before collecting. Meanwhile, he joins group therapy designed to help patients who suffer from paranormal disorders. It sounds incredibly strange.


6. The Forest of Hands and Teeth Movie

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Release Date: TBA
Starring: Maisie Williams

We don’t know much about the upcoming Forest of Hands and Teeth movie just yet, as it was just announced. But we do know that Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams will play the lead role as Mary, and the concept of the book sounds incredible. Rest assured, it is a zombie apocalypse survival film, despite IMDB oddly listing it as a romance movie.


7. Rise of the Living Dead

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Release Date: TBA 2019

We don’t have much along the lines of details for the Rise of the Living Dead project, but it’s apparently set in the late 1960s and follows a scientist who makes a deal with the military to find a way for humans to sustain life in the event of Mutual Assured Destruction, creating a curse that will plague mankind for the rest of days. It’s set right before Night of the Living Dead, and the project is being led by Cameron Romero, the son of George A. Romero. Hopefully, we’ll have more details soon. For now, we just have a description and a movie poster.


8. George A. Romero Presents: Road of the Dead

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Release Date: TBA
Director: 
Matt Birman

The story is set six years after Land of the Dead, and it takes place on an island on which zombie prisoners race cars in a coliseum to entertain the wealthy. It’s undeniably a ridiculous premise, but it also sounds like a lot of fun. The director is Matt Birman, who describes the upcoming zombie film as Road Warrior meets Rollerball. The screenplay was co-written with Romero, himself, before his passing.


9. Dead Snow 3

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Release Date: ‘In a few years’
Director: Tommy Wirkola

Fans of the Dead Snow films have something to be hopeful for, too, as filmmaker Tommy Wirkola noted that he’s hoping to make a third one ‘in a few years’. He notes that he HAS TO finish the trilogy, and he teases that they intend to bring back Hitler as a zombie-Hitler. Awesome. Obviously, it’s super early-on in the process, but we should at least include it on this list because we know it’s coming. We’ll keep you updated as we get more details.

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  • This list is so fucking awful…

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  • Nyan Lynn Htet

    Train To Busan

    • One of the best zombie movies of all-time, IMO. I absolutely loved it!

      • Robert Rodden

        Agreed; I’ve watched this move 3 times since I got the blu-ray. Awesome

      • Kira Farr

        I watched this five minutes ago its amazing!

      • oJAYkilLA

        I consider Train to Busan more of an action film. I try not to label any zombie movie that is not a horror / suspense as a zombie flick, but let it have its own category. I definitely enjoyed Train To Busan, though. I gave it an 8 out of 10.

        • Bill C

          I’m curious, what did make your list of zombie movies?

        • Tony Porter

          Good movie but has more action than horror Still think Dawn Remake, 1st Resident Evil and 28 Days, in that order for me, are the best.

  • Matt Kaya

    Shit list.

    • Liz Bernstein

      It’s literally a list of all upcoming Zombie movies. If it’s a shit list, it’s because shit movies are coming out.

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    That’s a porn site.

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  • Robert Rodden

    Train to Busan. Yep, best zombie film in a long long time. I rented it one night on Amazon.com. Loved it, and bought the blu-ray. Awesome performance.

  • EshamTheUnholy

    I will watch train to busan.

  • Zombie

    How about the World War Z II date. It is 9th June 2017.

  • Sereena Light

    I watched it, It was an excellent movie. I wonder how many more good foreign films I have been missing.

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  • Vince

    I’m still dreaming about I Am Legend 2.

    • Bobby Bernstein

      Co-sign. Would love to see it.

    • oJAYkilLA

      I am Legend is NOT a zombie flick. Zombies do not burn when exposed to sun or heal with potions. That is an obvious Vampire film.

    • Bill C

      I’ts apocalyptic and zombie-enough for me. I liked the movie.

  • oJAYkilLA

    Why must all these modern zombie films have to be so dramatic in order to produce? The Girl with All the Gifts: Half Girl Half zombie. -Like really? Patient Zero: A man who speaks zombie tongue.. lol These writers and producers are trying too hard to be unique they do not realize they are ruining the zombie genre with their infantile imaginations. I see the zombie genre similar to the Jason franchise or Halloween, or even Freddy Kruger franchise. You don’t see those movies becoming ridiculous with Kruger in Space or Jason in After Life… The zombie genre just needs a relatable plot with driven characters. mesh story with entertainment and everything else will follow. This is my opinion and if you don’t agree with my assessment please leave a comment as to why. Thanks

    • Brian Fife

      They made a Friday the 13th movie set in space. Same for Hellraiser. Just saying…

      • reality

        Your right and they sucked big-time lol Which kinda proves oJ’s point. As the old adage goes keep it simple lol

      • Bill C

        I agree with your opinion. Make a real zombie story and make it good and people will enjoy it. You won’t trick me into seeing your movie just because you have some gimmick like Marilyn Monroe is in it or it’s about being a zombie.

  • oJAYkilLA

    Anyone out there who appreciates the zombie genre and wants to make a short -zombie film? I have a screenplay, but no equipment or actors.

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  • C707

    I will have to watch Train to Busan .Think it’s on Netflix Thanks for the mention

  • Keith Martin

    Two Zombie Movies I like are Buck Wild and April Apocalpse

    • I haven’t seen either of these…I might have to check them out. Thanks for the comment!

    • Bill C

      Only someone that actually has a credit in either of these movies would suggest these as a recommendation. Come’on. You can’t be seriously recommending these. I watched what trailers I could and reviews on IMDB and these are 1-star movies.

      • Keith Martin

        I like all zombie movies !

  • Bill C

    It’s a terrible list. Some canceled, some extended to 2018 and some are ridiculous. Zombie and camp don’t mix.

    The girl with all the gifts was good, as was Train to Busan (which isn’t on the list).

    Musical zombie? What?
    Marilyn and zombie? What?
    Zombie comedy? How many chuckles are there really?

    The rest are pushed back to 2018 or canceled outright (Patient Zero).

    The Forest of Hands and Teeth might have some legs. It’s the Village with zombies. “Don’t go outside our safe walls…”

    Maybe we only deserve two good zombie movies per year. Like every year before this one, it’s about par.

  • Sebastien Lagree

    This list sucks. I love zombies. I just finished watching “Day of the Dead: Bloodline” which is so bad. Completely unworthy of the “Day of the Dead” title.