9. The Battery
Indie horror tale The Battery is not your usual zombie film, and injects some much needed energy into the decaying, shuffling genre. A quiet story follows two friends, former baseball players—a pitcher and a catcher, hence the title—as they trek across the Northeast in the wake of a plague that wipes out most of the human population. The film uses this standard set up to plumb the depths, shows how they react to the loss of everything they know, and how they cope with this ugly new world. One clings to relics of the past and old habits, while the other finds a strange sense of purpose and adapts to their circumstances with horrifying ease. The two clash and crack, and with a gritty 1970s vibe, it takes its time getting to its destination, juxtaposing peaceful, idyllic settings with swarms of the walking dead and human depravity running unchecked.