We all know killing zombies is no easy task. According to popular films, TV shows and books, the undead can be quite resilient. It’s best to aim for the head and decapitate the undead. To do this, you need an effective melee weapon, many of which are available on Amazon, possibly eBay or even in your local hardware store. Here are the ones used by your favorite movie heroes, along with a kill count analysis that helps us determine just who is the Ultimate Zombie Warrior.
In George A. Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead (1968), the zombie genre was defined with conventions we still use to this very day. It found its protagonist in Ben, played by Duane Jones. Ben’s kill count amounts to 7 throughout the film. He is the original zombie warrior, and his weapon choices are fairly simple: He uses a tire iron crowbar as a melee weapon and a Winchester 1894 rifle.
In World War Z (2013), Brad Pitt is Gerry Lane, a U.N. specialist who must get his family to safety and also figure out what is causing this global outbreak of “Z”. Highly resourceful, Gerry utilizes whatever is around to arm himself. He uses duct tape and magazines to make armor and a butcher knife taped to the end of a Remington Model 700 BDL to make a bayonet. His kill count is 9.
Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead (2004) effortlessly marries the zombie genre and comedy. In this breakout role, Simon Pegg is Shaun, a regular guy trying to fix his troubled relationship and navigate his friends to safety through the zombie apocalypse. Shaun uses his iconic cricket bat, old vinyl LPs like Sade’s Diamond Life and a Winchester 1866 “Yellow Boy” rifle. Despite all his wisecracks, he manages to take out 16 zombies.
In Zombieland (2009), Woody Harrelson is the rough and tumble Tallahassee, a man on the hunt for his favorite thing in the world: a Twinkie. No zombie will get in his way as he tries to track down this cream-filled reminder of better times. Tallahassee is armed to the teeth with an array of weaponry, including a baseball bat, hedge clippers, amusement park rides, Heckler & Koch MP7A1 submachine guns and a banjo to lure out zombies and whack them over the head. Tallahassee’s kill count is 107.
AMC’s The Walking Dead has seen its cast evolve into some of the fiercest zombie warriors in television history. As the show progresses, so have the kill count numbers. In this world, we sometimes see humans as just as much of a threat as walkers. Rick Grimes, a former deputy sheriff, mainly relies on a Colt Python as his weapon of choice. His kill count is 154 (137 walkers and 17 humans). Daryl Dixon relies on his hunting skills and his Horton Scout 125 crossbow. He’s killed 149 (141 walkers and 8 humans). Michonne is a katana-wielding warrior of few words. When we first meet her, she has two literally disarmed zombies shackled. She has taken out 94 (87 walkers and 7 humans).
Bruce Campbell is best known for his work as cult icon Ash from The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness. Ash uses whatever is around him in his constant war with the “deadites,” evil souls of the dead, including his famed boomstick sawed-off shotgun or The Sapmaster 3000 mounted on the stump where his hand once was. His kill count is 45 with the three Evil Dead films, but we estimate it’s more with his appearances in comic books and soon his own series, Ash vs. Evil Dead. “Hail to the king, baby!”
Perhaps above them all as the Ultimate Zombie Warrior is Milla Jovovich’s Alice, star of the Resident Evil movie franchise. Alice and her band of commandos have fought against the zombies created by Umbrella Corp.’s t-Virus for five films, with a sixth on the way. Alice likes to carry her weapons in pairs: from dual throwing knives to dual 12-gauge sawed-off double-barrel shotguns. She has racked up an impressive total of 1,065 kills (8 in Resident Evil, 25 in Resident Evil: Apocalypse, 24 in Resident Evil: Extinction, 335 in Resident Evil: Afterlife and 673 in Resident Evil: Retribution). We have a feeling she is far from done.
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