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…
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…
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.
The Italian's take on the zombie franchise isn't quite as refreshing as you would hope. Because instead of making the concept their own, putting a new spin on the proceedings, they recreate the American style, just with dubbed actors. All this being said, 'Zombie' is a spectacle and a half.
Perhaps tension and fear were not what they were going for, and instead we have gore, and violence. The scene where the zombie drives the woman's head through the splintered wood, is nothing short of horrific. Towards the end, with the final encounter, the film develops a new dimension, and the ending is surprisingly well done. Tension returns, and we watch our survivors drop like flies.
I can completely see…
Immersed in a dreamy sleazy haze interrupted by lurid color, consistent w other Fulci I've seen. Expectedly, the overly familiar genre visuals of a "zombie attack" are freshly unfamiliarized by the specificity of the aesthetics.
Sequences luridly build and oscillate around the viewer's confrontation with the pure visual of the gore and to that degree texture seems important; the anticipatory fear of seeing human visages unfamiliar in their deformations.
Corpses wrapped in white and globules of red brightly mark the head wounds where potential zombies are shot by survivors. POV of the rising reanimated corpses shows dirt falling downward off of the lens.
One of highlights is an underwater sequence that begins exploitatively with a lady removing her top before…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
After watching "City of the Living Dead" from 1980, I was expecting a great deal from this film, which is a pretentious self-entitled sequel to Romero's "Dawn of the Dead". Maybe the problem was I had high hopes it would even surpass that 1980 movie. I thought this film was really boring and even lazy, at times, although it is regarded as a "cult classic" and remembered as one of the greatest zombie films ever.
Fulci chose to return to the old zombie Hollywood stories, where the state of being a living dead was connected to voodoo religions. But, what was supposed to sound so hellish and macabre only manages to scare us a little, and not all the way.…
Rating solely based on the fantastic gory practical effects and the Zombie vs. non-CGI Shark scene alone.
This is definitely one of the best for its genre and I can see why its hordes of followers give it such high praise. It more than earns it.
Starts with a gun pointed directly at the audience and, once a few basic narrative things are out of the way, stays that aggressive.
Fulci's faces of terror are amazing. His patience (prime example: letting a zombie's hand slowly come up through the dirt for ten seconds) really makes these images hypnotic and gorgeous. It's also just plainly satisfying adrenaline rush cinema (the sequence involving a grisly murder and a wooden door... easily one of my favorite horror movie scenes... the long shot where the light on the wall tells you how close the zombie is to getting in, ominous pov shots of wood sticking out... it's all so beautiful and so immediately horrific).
Also interesting that the shit really…
My second favorite Fulci film.
I just couldn't get over how no one thought to run away. Not once. They just stood there! Why did they just stand there?
I really have respect for the radio DJ at the end of the film. He keeps broadcasting as zombies break into the studio and continues even as he is being eaten alive. It's rare to see such a selfless devotion to journalism.
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- Day of the Dead
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