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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....
stay alive in the drift,
stay alive in the miasma of end.
all the crimes of colonialism revisited upon the west,
given the hideous form that was always its form,
that says, this time you cannot look away,
WE ARE GOING TO EAT YOU.
the dust and smoke drift,
soft kick drum like inevitable
cymbal like a vent in the neck breathing
melody like a moving human body,
on a thermal scope.
a terror of sublimity,
the confusing mirror,
of no reflection
the gaping maw of
revealed to be a vampire,
born into coven of vampire.
in the drifting smoke,
redolent of heavy metal,
heat against chilling cold,
against the move of descent to stillness
is embedded a perpetual inertia,
Ah, the mighty Zombie Flesh Eaters aka Zombie, aka Zombi 2, (and apparently) aka Woodoo. So good to see you looking so well my old friend. Blu Ray suits you. Enough with the pleasantries.
While sprinting Zombies were briefly exciting back in the early 2000's, the shuffle Zombie will always reign supreme and this is a shining example of the genre. A feast of bloody, maggot ridden close ups, detailed effects work, well executed and imaginative set pieces all scored appropriately by a plodding synthesised soundtrack.
To boot, the acting is uniformly excellent, the camera work professional and the mood suitably foreboding.
This is the most successful of Fulci's back catalogue I've seen. The simple, linier story make it accessible, intelligible and ultimately as entertaining as hell. I also obviously appreciate the brutally downbeat ending and legendary gore sequences which still happily pack a seriously sickening punch to the guts.
Bravo maestro, bravo.
Geoff T's Hoop-Tober 3.0 Challenge
Lucio Fulci Double Bill #1
I've lost count of how many titles this Lucio Fulci zombie romp has gone over. In the US it's simply known as Zombie (thoughtful title there, lads), in Italy it's known as Zombi 2 to market it as a sequel to Dawn of the Dead (which was known was Zombi over there), but I personally like Zombie Flesh Eaters, which was it's title over here when it became an infamous "video nasty" for it's gory content.
Zombie focuses on a group of people venturing to a Carribbean island after an empty boat full of undead is found on the coast of New York City. The people include a…
One giant leap for zombiekind and horror in general, bringing a new focus on bodily destruction and carnage. But it's also a look back, (kind of) reclaiming zombies for their tropical voodoo origins from the atomic-age ghouls they became under Romero. Punishing, but you probably deserve it.
Junesploitation: Day 1 – Zombies!
A cautionary tale about why you should never build a scientific research facility on a remote island which is also for some reason a burial ground for Spanish Conquistadors. The most interesting thing about Lucio Fulci's Zombie aside from its amorphous chronology (originally titled Zombi 2, it was intended as a sequel to George Romero's Dawn of the Dead, which was known as Zombi in Italy) is the way Fulci uses the same style to shoot both gore and nudity. He's famous for his special effects, but here his camera caresses the living body as much as the dead. Fulci shows his love for the flesh in general, as he seems to see beauty both…
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…
from the master of gore lucio fulci. this film has the only zombie vs a shark fighting scene in it.one of the best zombie film ever made
My god. So much trash.
Odd in places, a bit of a slow pace, but once the characters get to the island and the zombie gore kicks in it makes for an effective bit of visceral horror for the last 30 minutes or so. Effectively grimy in that 70s low budget sort of way.
This would have been Hoop-Tober 3.0: Another Trip to the Well #24, but I’m officially abandoning the project. (Far too much on that subject below.)
I liked the opening, with a derelict sailboat adrift in the Upper Bay of New York Harbor. Partly, I admit, because the scenes of emergency responders here rhymed with the last movie I saw in an amusing way. If “the untold story behind the miracle on the Hudson” had involved Tom Hanks fending off zombies, I would have enjoyed Sully a lot more.
This is the best of the three Fulci films I’ve seen this month, but I can’t say I enjoyed any of them for more than fleeting moments. The moody photography and occasionally…
Uneven in pacing - but when Zombie is good, it's good. I can't choose a favorite scene. Topless scuba diver versus zombie versus shark? The quasi-slasher bungalow attack? The reanimated graveyard? The end?
Fulci is a master at knowing the right moment to heighten up the gore and lay on the pathos, often at the same time. He's assisted by Fabio Frizzi, who provides a killer soundtrack - one of the best I've heard this Hooptober.
I didn't know Mia Farrow had a sister other than Prudence before today. Shout out to Tisa Farrow - but props to Auretta Gay as well, who in my opinion is the strongest female lead.
A zombie versus a shark? Count me in.
Hooptober 3.0 - 20/31
If Dario Argento is a stylist, then Lucio Fulci is a technician. Which isn't to say that Zombie aka Zombi 2 aka Zombie Flesh Eaters doesn't have a style of its own. The tropical island setting brings the zombies back to their mythical Caribbean origins, and Fulci does a great job establishing that stifling feverish atmosphere. Fabio Frizzi's synth-heavy score is awesome and stands up against anything that Goblin made.
Fulci concentrates less on conventional storytelling and more on little moments of brilliance. The people in Zombie are dumb, even by horror movie standards, waiting to be picked up by shuffling slow zombies. They feel less like protagonists and more like props for gory set pieces.…
I've seen this movie so many times over so many years that I'm quite incapable of seeing it as anything less than magnificent, legendary, something you bathe in rather than simply watch. Of course it's muddled, annoying, occasionally incomprehensible, with atrocious acting. But to me it's somehow transcended all of that and this film - along with The Beyond - rise above the level of narrative and typical cinematic coherence to a higher, pure realm of sublime images. Does that sound like rubbish? Perhaps it is, but it's as heartfelt as it gets. I can't even think of the fab theme music without my hair standing up. Even at its most ridiculous - zombie vs. shark! - Fulci is mesmerizing and leaves me filled with awe, wonder and terrible delight.
Billed as a "video nasty" in the UK, this film gained a cult reputation because of it. It was great to finally see what the all the fuss was about. Gory, exploitative, cheesy as hell. Basically loads of fun.
Derogatory, indeed, but "trash" is a term that critics began to helm beginning in the '30s and '40s. To me,…
Ride a watersmooth-silver stallion.
My favorite movies as of 10/21/2016, one per director. Tentative.