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How to Survive a Zombie Invasion — Plus the 10 Best Zombie Movies of All Time!

If you’re like me and have ever had the nightmare in which you wake up in a new zombie-filled world, have no fear! The University of California, Irvine is offering an online course in how to survive in a post-apocalyptic world! This is your last chance to get involved, as the current run ends on December 22nd … hurry!

Named “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead,” the course uses scenes from the hit TV show for its classes, and the four lecturers interviewed cast members in preparation.The class will be offered on Instructure’s MOOC platform and covers four disciplines: Zuzana Bic on public health, Joanne Christopherson on social sciences, Michael Dennin on physics, and Sarah Eichhorn on mathematics.

Topics covered include: “Nutrition in a post-apocalyptic world — are squirrels really good for you?” and “Managing stress in disaster situations — what’s the long-term effect of always sleeping with one eye open?”

Zuzana Bic explained, ‘There will be something for everyone in this course, which will explore concepts as varied as post-disaster nutrition, the foundations of human survival, and stereotypes in a Darwinian environment.”

Best of all, the course is free! So while you are signing up, check out the slideshow below of the 10 best zombie movies ever to hit our screens!

  • Shaun of the Dead 1 of 10
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    Shaun really needs to get his life together; he has a dead-end job, an unhappy flatmate, and a girlfriend who dumps him because he can't even remember to book a restaurant for their anniversary. How could life get any worse? Oh, that's right, zombies could invade the country. Can Shaun make it to the safety of the Winchester pub? Because after all, when zombies invade, you go to the pub, right? 

     

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  • Resident Evil 2 of 10
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    A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident. This film spawned a total of six Resident Evil films and originated from the video game. It stars Milla Jovovich as Alice, the lead character who battles the zombies.

     

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  • 28 Days Later 3 of 10
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    Directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle, the film's plot begins with animal activists unwittingly releasing chimps from a laboratory who are infected with a virus known as "rage." Twenty-eight days later, Jim awakes from his coma to discover the country has been overrun by people infected with this rage virus. Can he find his way to safe military blockade? And just how safe is it? Terrifying stuff.

     

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  • Dawn of the Dead 4 of 10
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    Ana, a young nurse, returns home to her beloved husband and falls asleep. All is well in the world — or so she thinks. The next morning, her husband is savagely killed by a young neighbor, but then he suddenly comes back to life! Ana escapes from her home, only to discover her entire neighborhood is in a state of confusion — with the undead killing people left, right, and center, houses deserted, and cars smashed up. As she escapes, she encounters a cop and other survivors and they decide to find safety in a mall. Because there is no safer place than a giant U.S. mall, is there? Just who can Ana really trust? 

     

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  • I Am Legend 5 of 10
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    Will Smith plays Robert Neville, the last human survivor in the whole of New York City. By day, he safely roams the neighborhood in search of food and water. By night, he sleeps in his bath with his faithful dog, hiding from the terrors in the dark. For three years, Neville has sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. Will he make contact with others before the victims of the man-man plague find him? 

     

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  • Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies 6 of 10
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    As Abraham Lincoln labors over the Gettysburg Address, he learns that a menace from his past has returned, threatening to tear the already fractured nation to pieces. He must journey behind enemy lines to face a foe far more fearsome than the Confederate army: the walking dead. Scary!

     

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  • World War Z 7 of 10
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    If there ever was a zombie invasion, I would be more than happy to have Brad by my side. Critics may have panned this heavily re-edited film (apparently an hour was shaved off the original film's length), but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Ex-U.N. investigator Gerry and his family head off in their camper van for a much-needed break. But their journey is cut short as the city is overrun with zombies! After barely escaping the chaos, Gerry is persuaded to go on a mission to investigate this disease. When it all boils down, can this one man save the whole of humanity? No small task, but one Gerry is definitely up to. 

     

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  • The Crazies 8 of 10
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    As any fan of zombie movies knows, you don't want any disease gettin' into your water supply, as that is a surefire way to infect the population (we've all seen Cabin Fever!). But no one obviously told the folks in this small Iowa town. Suddenly, a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply, and everyone who drinks it becomes incredibly violent. Sheriff David Dutton tries to make sense of the situation while he, his wife, and two other unaffected townspeople band together in a fight for survival.

     

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  • Warm Bodies 9 of 10
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    Ever fallen for a zombie? R is a young and oddly introspective zombie. (Mind you, have you ever met a super extroverted one? Me neither.) While fighting with and feeding on a human scavenger party, R meets Julie and feels an urge to protect her. What happens next is the beginning of a relationship that allows R to begin to regain his humanity. But can a zombie and a hot girl be anything more than "just good friends?"

     

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  • Night of the Living Dead 10 of 10
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    When Barbara's brother is killed by a stranger, she runs away and takes shelter in a farmhouse. There she finds a group of others who are also sheltering from the hordes of bloodthirsty zombies that roam outside. Will they survive? The zombie film to end all zombie films, Night of the Living Dead is a must-watch! 

     

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