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Exclusive: ‘The Walking Dead' Creator Robert Kirkman Names His Top 5 Zombie Movies

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If you're a fan of The Walking Dead, then you've no doubt noticed more than a few similarities it shares with the zombie sagas that preceded it. But then creator Robert Kirkman has never tried to hide his influences, and routinely credits George Romero with laying the groundwork for most modern zombie tales. Small wonder then that Romero's films number heavily among Kirkman's favorite zombie movies. After the jump, check out the Kikman's complete top 5 list.

"1.) Day of the Dead. It's got the coolest story. I like the fact that they're in this bunker. I like how bleak it is. I think it's got the best effects. The intro, the opening scene… I mean, honestly, Day of the Dead really is the closest thing to what I wanted, which made me do The Walking Dead. It is a zombie movie that starts very late in the progression, and shows how people have been dealing with this for a very long time, and just kind of advances the story of the zombie apocalypse quite a bit. So I would have to say The Walking Dead itself comes from that desire to see how someone lives long term, and where they go and how they continue to survive. I think Day of the Dead really is the movie that kind of started that. 2.) Shaun of the Dead, 3.) Night of the Living Dead, 4.) the original Dawn of the Dead, so there are definitely all of the Romero movies up there. And then 5.) is a toss-up between the remake of Night of the Living Dead, directed by Tom Savini and starring Tony Todd, and the Zack Snyder Dawn of the Dead remake. I think those are both really awesome."

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