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As of 2016, which big screen zombie apocalypse movie has the most screentime (in terms of minutes) in the movies? Please include sequels and spinoffs as long as it's the same apocalypse.

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    What do you mean by "screen time"? Are we talking longest time in theatres, longest time between first showing and last showing, highest box office gross or most screens aired on? – Valorum Nov 23 '16 at 9:10
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    Or just "longest movie"? – tobiasvl Nov 23 '16 at 9:21
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    @Valorum Really? You listed everything except what I asked. I was fairly sure this one was pretty straight forward. Which big screen zombie apocalypse has the most on screen minutes(screen time). It could be the longest big screen movie, it could be the zombie apocalypse with the most sequels that add up to the most minutes, but not a TV show. I'll let you guys edit, reopen, scratch your heads, or whatever. Because: Whatever. – Major Stackings Nov 23 '16 at 15:30
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    Army of Darkness takes Ash back to 1300AD. I don't know whether that qualifies as a 600 year long Apocalypse or not. Possibly, this is a different question altogether, but seemed a fun notion. – user71418 Nov 23 '16 at 16:06
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    @Randal'Thor - My granny used to say that if you do that too often, you'll go blind. – Valorum Nov 24 '16 at 1:17
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TL;DR: The series that began with Night of the Living Dead is probably the longest.


George A. Romero's installments:

Night of the Living Dead (1968): 96 minutes

Dawn of the Dead (1978): 127 minutes

Day of the Dead (1985): 100 minutes

Land of the Dead (2005): 93 minutes

Diary of the Dead (2007): 92 minutes

Survival of the Dead (2009): 90 minutes

Total: 598 minutes/9 hours, 58 minutes


If we add in the other movies that were made with input from George A. Romero or his co-writer on Night of the Living Dead, John A. Russo, the total is even more impressive:

George A. Romero-affiliated installments:

Night of the Living Dead (1990): 92 minutes1

Dawn of the Dead (2004): 100 minutes1

Day of the Dead (2008): 86 minutes1

Subtotal: 278 minutes/4 hours, 38 minutes

John A. Russo's installments:

Return of the Living Dead (1985): 91 minutes2

Return of the Living Dead 2 (1988): 89 minutes2

Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993): 97 minutes2

Children of the Living Dead (2001): 90 minutes2

Return of the Living Dead - Necropolis (2005): 89 minutes2

Return of the Living Dead - Rave to the Grave (2005): 94 minutes2

Subtotal: 550 minutes/9 hours, 10 minutes (not including the 96 minute long Night of the Living Dead)

Total: 828 minutes/13 hours, 48 minutes

Grand total: 1,426 minutes/23 hours, 46 minutes


And if we add in totally unauthorized remakes which appeared because the original Night of the Living Dead was never properly copyrighted, and is thus considered to be in the public domain, we expand the total screentime even more:

Unauthorized installments:

Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006): 80 minutes

Night of the Living Dead - Resurrection (2012): 86 minutes

A Night of the Living Dead (2014): 79 minutes

Night of the Living Dead - Genesis (2016): 135 minutes3

Night of the Living Dead - Rebirth (2017): 90 minutes4

Night of the Living Dead 2 - Deadlock (2017): 90 minutes4

Night of the Living Dead - Contagion (TBD): 89 minutes

Total: 649 minutes/ 10 hours, 49 minutes

Grand Total: 2,075 minutes/34 hours, 35 minutes


Caveat:

The question is limited to film, and excludes television series, but if this weren't the case, the winner would be The Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead (through season 7, episode 6): 4,440 minutes/3 days, 2 hours, 48 minutes

Fear the Walking Dead (through season 2): 903 minutes/15 hours, 3 minutes

Total: 5,343 minutes/3 days, 17 hours, 51 minutes


Notes:

1 These films include a credit indicating that each was "Based on a screenplay by George A. Romero", and had Romero's blessing.

2 These films could be considered official sequels, but usually aren't. The screenplay of the original Night of the Living Dead was a joint effort between George A. Romero and John A. Russo. They disagreed over how to handle sequels for the film, and ultimately agreed to go their separate ways, with Romero's sequels having "________ of the Dead" titles, and Russo's sequels having "________ of the Living Dead" titles. Thus, both Romero's sequels and Russo's sequels are technically true sequels to the original film, and are made by/under the aegis of the creators behind the first movie. In the universe in which Russo's series takes place, however, Night of the Living Dead is a film based on real events.

3 Includes a performance by Judith O'Dea, who played Barbra in the original Night of the Living Dead, lending this movie a slightly higher degree of continuity than the others in this section.

4 Runtimes for these two films are estimates, as no official information is available.

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The Resident Evil films add up to 8 hours 1 minute. Funnily enough, they're all basically the same length (between 1:34 and 1:40 long). The Romero films (I counted 7 in the " of the dead" films) add up to 10:36.

Technically speaking, however, I'm not sure that all the Romero films are "Apocalyptic" in nature, since at least some of them occurred before law & order broke down. I'm unsure, so I lumped my answer simply as "zombie" films.

Side bite: Army of Darkness takes Ash back to 1300AD. I don't know whether that qualifies as a 600 year long Apocalypse or not. Possibly, this is a different question altogether, but seemed a fun notion.

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