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“Zombieland” Whips Drew Barrymore and All Comers at the Box-Office, But Is It the Best Zombie Comedy Ever?

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Just when horror seemed about to lay down and expire at the box office (RIP Halloween 2 and Jennifer’s Body), along comes Zombieland to revive a rotting carcass. Audiences forked over $25 million this weekend to watch Woody Harrelson and his pals (including that big star in a surprise cameo) kick zombie ass. Ringing the No. 1 bell, Zombieland trounced Ricky Gervais’s Invention of Lying($7.4 million) and left Whip It — the much-hyped directing debut of Drew Barrymore — winded and sucking for air ($4.5 million) And whoops — how did this happen? — the critics were just as stoked as the public by Zombieland, which scored a huge 89 percent of favorable reviews, according to the website rottentomatoes.com.

Damn good when you consider A Serious Man, from the Oscar-winning Coen brothers, ate zombie dust with 87 percent favorable reviews. What’s going on out there? IMHO, audiences decided they liked the blend of horror and humor on display as Harrelson cut his way through a ravaged world in search of a Hostess Twinkie. Which brings us to today’s question: Is Zombieland the best undead comedy ever? Or does 2004’s Shaun of the Dead hold the crown? And what about Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead series? Or Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive? Or Dan O’Bannon’s Return of the Living Dead? Or Andrew Currie’s Fido? Or Zack Snyder’s spoof of zombie king George A. Romero in his 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead? Or . . . you name it. What is the best zombie comedy of all time?

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