Can You Cure a Zombie?

by Dan Garlington | last updated - 11 months ago

There may be hope: Research has shown that zombies can be cured or at least treated, and can work, live, and love again. Here's a rundown of possible cures we've gathered from movies and TV.

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Meghan Ory in Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015)


Crystal is one of many infected with the zombie virus who are able to maintain her humanity by taking daily doses of Zombrex in Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015).

Billy Connolly in Fido (2006)

Domestication Collar

The Zomcon has designed a "domestication collar" that allows zombies to be contributing members of society, doing simple tasks in Fido (2006).

Return of the Living Dead III (1993)

Body Piercing

In Return of the Living Dead III (2016), a zombie holds onto her humanity to avoid killing the boyfriend who reanimated her by piercing her body with glass, metal, chain. She discovers that the pain keeps her from craving brains.

Luke Newberry in In the Flesh (2013)

Rehab and Medicine

Those with Partially Deceased Syndrome (PDS) in "In the Flesh" (2013 to present) are able to return to their families after a period of rehabilitation and injections of medicine.

Josh Fadem and Chris Zylka in Freaks of Nature (2015)

Shock Collar

The collars worn by zombies in Freaks of Nature (2015), don't cure them, but do prevent them from attacking.

Dolly Wells and Lily James in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)


Those zombies who are able to avoid ever eating humans in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) stop the more rabid, violent tendencies of their condition.

Emily Hampshire in The Returned (2013)

Return Protein

A retroviral drug known as the "Return Protein" successfully helps those infected with the zombie virus to continue living normal lives in The Returned (2013), provided they get their dosage every 36 hours.

Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer in Warm Bodies (2013)


In Warm Bodies (2013), the compassion of Julie seems to help R to transition back to being human.