We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
We Are Going To Eat You!
A zombie is found aboard a boat off the New York coast which belongs to a famous scientist. Peter West, a journalist, travels to the Antilles with Ann, the daughter of the scientist. On the way, they meet with with Brian, an ethnologist, and Susan. When they arrive at Matul Island, they find Dr. Menard, and discover a terrifying disease which is turning the islanders into horrifying zombies which devour human flesh and seem indestructible....
A remarkable cult classic by Lucio Fulci that is as influential to the zombie genre as George A. Romero! Graphic Gore that would make a maggot puke! Hellacious looking zombies! Complete with an unbelievable underwater scene that will rock your world! (And it couldn't have been achieved without horse meat and sedatives!)
I was watching Kiss Me Deadly tonight but I fell asleep half an hour in and when I woke up, this was just about to come on. It's great having access to a telly for the first time in 2 years!
Of course, waking from a sleep and being plunged immediately into the relentlessly confusing world of Italian horror films and their million alternate titles and pretending to be sequels to films they have no actual relation to and their bizarre nonsensical plots is probably not the wisest idea that I've ever had.
But the reputation of Zombie Flesh Eaters, which I know this film as, precedes it and I've been meaning to see it for years. Also, I've never…
A.K.A. Zombie Flesh Eaters... A.K.A. The unofficial Italian sequel to Romero's Dawn of The Dead. (!) Which has nothing to do with it plot-wise!
Just purchased the new restored and uncut version of this from Arrow Video, and I have to admit: I love it. The ban it received during the "video nasty" hysteria was totally uncalled for. If anybody had a problem with it, it should've been for its silliness. But, it is the silliness that lets Zombie Flesh Eaters stand the test of time; where else would you find a zombie wrestle a shark in the Caribbean? Only in a Italian zombie flick, that's where!
The great thing about masters like Lucio Fulci, he has the balls to…
Fulci at the peak of his powers; a mistake to think it's nothing more than gore-horror. The Jones/Thrower commentary is a great listen. Original thoughts:
Surprisingly, what keeps coming across to me as I rewatch this is Fulci’s *restraint*, his insistence on building an accumulating dread, the suspense he creates by postponing, and postponing, and postponing. There's the time he spends on the opening scene on the sailboat, or the mini-Master's Class he puts on in setting up (and executing) Mrs. Menard's death. (Not to mention the fact that, once the dread arrives in all its stomach-churning disgust up there on the screen, the scene feels like its never going to let up or end.) ... Also, once you get…
Many zombie films jump the shark, this one fights it!
Ian McCulloch was something of a post apocalyptic cult favourite after his stint on Terry Nation's BBC TV series Survivors, here he gets the leading man role opposite Mia Farrow's sister Tisa, before continuing a mini career in zombie horror.
The film's novel enough with some creepy moments, some good action set pieces, some bizarre ones (the aforementioned zombie v shark!) and a nice enough main score, but the pace sometimes flags, especially in the middle.
My father's father always say: when the Earth spit out the dead, they shall come back to suck the blood from the living.
I fully realize that some (or a lot of) people will give me a funny look for thinking this is a good film, but I truly do. My experience so far with Lucio Fulci films is that sometimes it's hard to look past the putrid gore to see the talent behind the camera. I do question if Fulci actually directed the entire film though.
I'm sure he directed the majority of it, it's just there's a few of the New York scenes that are devoid of any sort of style especially compared…
B-movie gross-out that overachieves in the technical areas (the camerawork and gore effects are fantastic) but, sadly, underachieves in everything else. See: an opening bit on a boat in New York Harbor that doesn't make any sense! An obscenely drawn-out fight between the movie's patented Exposition-Laden Authority Figure (TM) and his wife that doesn't mean anything! Characters who stand there and stare at zombies and get killed! A underwater sequence that, visually impressive though it may be, means nothing! Terrible acting, etc, etc....
I've always known this to be 'Zombie Flesh Eaters' and had never seen it until now, mainly because I wasn't sure if it was ever given a half decent release in the UK. Not too sure if the version I just watched was the full uncut edition but it was pretty damn violent either way. Once again Youtube lets an intense movie through the cracks. Hats off to the uploader.
'Zombie' is a pretty notorius film, due to being banned in many countries, so I feel that there's not much point in going into it again. However, what I will say is that the splinter scene was not quite as bad as I had always imagined it would be. That's…
Perhaps Fulci's finest work. Zombie comes with a great score, interesting enough plot that i one can understand, (not always the case with Fulci) and gore galore. Recommended!
Avvolto in un morbido erotismo, quando l'orrore di Zombi 2 si palesa non ti molla. Gli zombi senza politica funzionano comunque alla grande.
i don't think i like fulci films very much, but i also kind of admire the way he has his own weird, slapdash aesthetic and sticks to it. i imagine that for some people out there this aesthetic is EXACTLY what you want from films and boy am i glad for those people. but i am not those people and i doubt i ever will be... still, you're never bored with a fulci
I'd heard very mixed views of this. Just to clarify, this movie has several titles. The actual original title was "Zombi 2", posing as a follow-up to Dawn Of The Dead (which had the title "Zombi" in Italy). In some places the movie is known as "Zombie", "Island Of The Living Dead", "Zombie Island" and "Woodoo". (I watched it as "Zombie Flesh Eaters".)
This film ties the zombie genre back to its origins in voodoo magick. A scientist is trying to explain the phenomenon of bodies seemingly rising from the dead, but he is unable to find an answer and meanwhile the appearances of zombies are only getting worse. Locals on the island can only presume that the voodoo magic…
Movie #1 in Day Wasters: The 24-Hour Movie Marathon Show Episode 1.
This is an interesting concoction - a mixture of old style superstitious voodoo zombies and Romero's living dead. Fulci directs with some style, often using pans to great effect. The climatic church siege is one of this sub-genre's highlights, well crafted tense and a couple of "Yeah!" moments. The film could have been tighten a bit though, there's got to be a few minutes worth of slow, lingering shots on decaying zombies that could have been cut to pick up the pace.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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