I've always had a...complex and unstable relationship with (the original) "Halloween 2". Depending on my mood, I will view the movie as a solid slasher and a worthy followup to "Halloween"- a classic within the genre. But the cynic in me will also notice that "Halloween 2" foreshadows a problem that would ultimately ruin the franchise (for me).
I can't say that "Rabid" is a great movie. If anything, I thought it was rather crude and shallow despite Cronenbergs attempts at sexually charged symbolism and social commentary. Yet I was also taken aback by the ambition and creativity, even though I should be used to this from Cronenberg by now.
"Zombie" did the impossible: Make its titular monster kind of scary. Their nasty appearances and the grotesque ways they'd kill people got under my skin. It also just happens to be a really cool movie, delivering a memorable atmosphere, endearing score, awesome gore effects and my beloved 'zombie vs shark' sequence.
Is “28 Days Later” a zombie classic? Well, no...because it's not even a zombie movie. I do still believe that it's overrated, but as an adult, I can appreciate the substance within the story and the artistry put in every frame.