James Gunn Movies: Three to See Before 'The Suicide Squad'

With the release of "The Suicide Squad" just around the corner, we picked out three of the best James Gunn movies that you should see before you go.

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

James Gunn Movies: The Suicide Squad

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Absolute chaos is about to be unleashed this weekend when "The Suicide Squad" finally gets its time to wreak havoc. Even with only a few reviews so far, critics are already raving about this new DC Comics flick. As many know, the 2016 film "Suicide Squad" ranks a quite a bit lower on the list of DC movies, but now James Gunn is getting his chance at directing this ragtag group of criminal mercenaries. So, to give you a taste of some more James Gunn movies, we've picked out three of his best to prepare you for the level of craziness and awesomeness that you'll most likely bear witness to in "The Suicide Squad."

  • 1Dawn of the Dead
    James Gunn Movies: Dawn of the Dead

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    James Gunn didn't direct this remake of the original 1978 film of the same name, but he was the screenwriter working alongside famed DC director Zack Snyder. This film is a great example of the intelligent insanity that runs through the mind of James Gunn. There's no doubt that Snyder and Gunn tag teaming this project certainly made it all the more horrific and gory. But Gunn is the one who put the pen to paper. Gunn knows how to build teams for any type of situation, and in this case it's a zombie apocalypse.

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    Dawn of the Dead

    Horror / 2004 / R

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  • 2Slither
    James Gunn Movies: Slither

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    Our second choice is one that will absolutely set you straight before you watch "The Suicide Squad." Why? Because it's so outrageous and outlandish that it will shock you to your core. You'll constantly fluctuate between being grossed out, freaked out, and just plain speechless. There's nothing that we can think of that will prepare you for this. And we're not just saying that to be dramatic. The title alone should give you an idea of what to expect. We should say though if you're squeamish then you may want to take a peek at the trailer first before you decide to watch this film.

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    Horror / 2006 / R

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  • 3Guardians of the Galaxy
    James Gunn Movies: Guardians of the Galaxy

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    We conclude our list with this fan favorite and his highest-rated film to date. Gunn definitely had some titles under his name that were noteworthy prior to directing this movie. But there's no doubt that this flick is what launched him into the public eye. After the great success of this film and its sequel "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," the filmmaker proved that he could helm an outrageously entertaining, A-list superhero movie, which we can pretty much guarantee is what landed him the director gig for "The Suicide Squad." With the hot streak Gunn is currently on following his success in the MCU, we're thrilled to see how he fares working in the DC universe.

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    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Action / 2014 / PG-13

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Jesse Conner

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