George Romero's 1968 Night of the Living Dead didn't invent the zombie, but it did give the zombie its contemporary coat of paint.

Romero's films, and all subsequent media that borrowed from it, modernized the zombie into its current incarnation and every video game since can thank Mr. Romero for that. Plants vs Zombies 2 has been crushing it in the app store and has been racking up near perfect scores for weeks now. Yes, Plants vs Zombies even looks to be making the jump to next-gen when Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare gets released on the Xbox One and the Xbox 360 this Spring.

Killing the game it may be, but did you know that Popcap Games looked to the real world for inspiration making their different zombie types? True fact. Read on for our Plants vs Zombies Real World Zombie Equivalent Guide.

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