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Zombie Apocalypse is a common microgenre in the horror, action, and thriller genres. It centers around a person, or group of people, trying to survive a situation wherein civilization collapses due to hordes of zombies, which are infectious creatures of the undead who consume humans.

The genre has also inspired a brand of aesthetics in which people roleplay as zombies, or pretend the zombie apocalypse is real. The aesthetic can also be tied into conspiracy theories about zombies and zombie movies.

Zombie apocalypse was partly an inspiration for Coffinwood, specifically its elements of decrepit Americana. However, Coffinwood is only based around the countryside, while zombie apocalypse often features urban areas as well.


The term "zombie" originates from Haitian folklore and the Vodou religion. The Zombie Apocalypse genre started in the movie Night of the Living Dead. Although the creatures in the movie weren't supposed to be based on zombies of Haitian folklore, fans of the movie noticed the similarity and began calling them zombies.[1]


Zombiecore utilizes dark colors, such as black, gray, tan and brown, and accents it with brighter colors like red, orange, and yellow, to create an unsettling appearance. These colors are typically the main colors of zombiecore outfits as well as colored zombiecore pictures.

Warning signs, old buildings, and derelict cities all contribute to the post-apocalypticism of the aesthetic. Cites of importance, especially government buildings, are common motifs and places used in the images, used to further the concept of zombies complete takeover of populous areas.



  • Perennial Death by Rosaura Irene
  • Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
  • This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers


  • 28 Days Later (2002)
  • 28 Weeks Later (2007)
  • Night of the Living Dead (film series) (1968) (1978) (1985) (2005) (2007) (2009) (TBA)
  • Shaun of the Dead (2004)
  • Train to Busan (2016)
  • Train to Busan: Peninsula (2020)
  • Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)
  • Warm Bodies (2013)
  • World War Z (2013)
  • Zombeavers (2014)
  • Solar Impact (2019)
  • Zombie land 1-2 (2009) (2019)
  • ParaNorman (2012)


  • All Of Us Are Dead (Netflix series) (2022)
  • Dead Set (2008)
  • Fight of the Living Dead (game show) (2015-2017)
  • I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse (game show) (2015)
  • School-Live (2015)
  • The Last Of Us (2023)
  • The Walking Dead (2010-2022)
  • Fear the Walking Dead (2015-2023)
  • Z Nation (2014-2018)
  • Daybreak (Netflix series) (2019)

Video Games[]

  • Blood Drive
  • Dayz
  • Dead Island
  • Dead Rising
  • Dying Light
  • Left 4 Dead
  • State of Decay
  • Telltale's The Walking Dead
  • The House of the Dead
  • The Last Of Us
  • Zombie Driver
  • ZombiU

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  1. Eldridge, Alison. "zombie". Encyclopedia Britannica, 22 Jun. 2023, Accessed 18 October 2023.