The only zombie movie to have a profound impact on me was The Serpent and the Rainbow, but the appeal of that one was more its 'reality-based' Voodoo origins than zombie horror (and it was never one of my favourite Wes Craven flicks).
The other reason I've been reluctant to allow myself to be dragged into the zombie craze is that I'm afraid to see another monster go the way of the vampire - sanitized, romanticized, and humanized. Like I said, I'm a old-school horror fan, and I like my monsters . . . well, monstrous. I'm not completely blind to the potential contained within a good story, however, and have made note of a few zombie books that seem (on the surface, at least) to contain some old-school horror potential:
So, what about you? Got a recommendation for an old-school horror fan who refuses to ever read about a sad, reluctant, zombie in love?