A score of two stars out of five was awarded by Moria, which wrote "One suspects the true purpose behind . Zombie is that Bruce LaBruce is less a pornographic filmmaker than a gleeful agitator who latches onto pornography solely for its outrage value".  Next Projection gives the film a 6 out of 10 stars or, "okay," rating.  The Torontoist found the film exploitative of .'s homeless, giving it zero stars and beginning its review with "A spiritless, pointless amalgam of gory zombie picture and hardcore porn, . Zombie is the confluence of two cultural crosscurrents that nobody asked for. Shot on crummy-looking digital and realized by the incompetent Bruce LaBruce, it looks like a homework assignment cranked out by the insufferably pretentious kid in the Tom Savini master class". 
Richard Matheson 's 1954 novel I Am Legend , although classified as a vampire story would nonetheless have definitive impact on the zombie genre by way of George A. Romero . The novel and its 1964 film adaptation, The Last Man on Earth , which concern a lone human survivor waging war against a world of vampires, would by Romero's own admission greatly influence his 1968 low-budget film Night of the Living Dead ;   a work that would prove to be more influential on the concept of zombies than any literary or cinematic work before it.