Movies that are slightly off.
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....
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.
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…
What is there left to say about Lucio Fulci's 1979 classic zombie flick that hasn't been said before? I've watched this film so many times and it grows on me more and more with each viewing.
Cashing in on Romero's success of 'Dawn Of The Dead', Fulci provides a zombie film that literally goes straight for the jugular and is up there with the best the genre has to offer.
I first saw this film in it's watered down, cut version when I was about 13. Famously in England, it was on the 'Video Nasty' list and cut to shit. On my first viewing at my immature age, I was disappointed with the lack of gore and had trouble with…
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…
Really good movie that has been on my list for a long time to watch. First Fulci film I've seen and I look forward to watching more.
Beautiful direction and an uncharacteristically muted build of dread to a tense finale are the big sells in this film. I say uncharacteristic as Italian horrors are the most melodramatic and manic of them all, which is great, but there's a distilled singularity and brilliance to this film because you can tell Fulci's made it for a western audience.
Most of the plasticene zombie makeup grates me, however, it does compound the sleaze of it all.
I haven't seen this since the early 1980s and my only memory of it is the 'eye' scene. So how could I have forgotten zombie vs shark? Well, I did.
Anyway, this is pretty good if you like the living dead, gross-out gore and actors transfixed by the horror before them, seemingly unable to take action.
Oh, the only other thing I remember from first seeing it was Ian McCulloch. At the time I thought, "What is the guy from Survivors doing in this?"
Tisa Farrow looks like she's more afraid of acting than she is of rampaging flesh-eaters.
Well-made and good fun.
The appeal of this movie is hard to articulate - either you appreciate its charms or you don't. I'd have to say my appreciation comes from this movie's function as a drive-in/exploitation film. It really ticks all the boxes of THAT type of movie, going beyond the call of duty in most regards, and offers very little (nor does it aspire to) any other kind of function.
It offers a weak, simple plot that could've been compressed into a 22 minute episode of TALES FROM THE CRYPT. It offers TV level acting through and through (and that's 1979 TV, mind, not 2016 level) and frequently comes up short in the spectacle department.
However, stories are not just what they are…
Amazing what they show on UK television now, when previously, this was banned as an so called 80s ‘video nasty’ and then released on a censored video. That was the last time i watched this (on censored video), not that i was investing time on knowing when it was on the Horror channel. I didn’t have to get up the next morning, so why not watch some dodgy, Italian, tomato ketchup sponsored zombie film. Funny how this sub-genre has gone with big budgets and a number of television series over the past 30 years. Brian Hull (Al Cliver) is nearly up there with Daryl Dixon and Dawn of Dead’s Roger as a zombie fighter. Some scenes are a bit ewwww and frankly weird as you have a zombie wanting some shark fin,but not in it’s soup form!
When i saw this for the first time some 7 years ago, i dared to call this movie a let down, mediocre and too slow. How wrong i was. I've now seen this several times since and love it.
Fantastic movie with a slow, bu moody and effective build up. Once the zombies appear, the fun starts. The seond half is ful of genius moments. The graveyard scene being my favorite one. The underwater scene is a classic, of course. And that ending, such a powerful scene. All with the great music by Fabio Frizzi. Direction is very good. The acting is ok, probably not the best you've ever seen, but certainly not bad. It's quite obvious where most of the budget went. The make-up and special effects are amazing.
But above all, this movie offers fun. A lot of fun.
My first Fulci. After having heard so much about him, especially after We Are Still Here, I'm finally fixing this hole in my horror knowledge.
Some truly gnarly zombie effects, even now. Some truly silly character beats, even then, probably.
"The zombies are taking over!"
The gore effects in this are nothing short of spectacular. The ending of this film is the most frightening aspect of it, there's no stopping the zombies, they're everywhere.
Amazing soundtrack, definitely gonna be vibing to this for the next few weeks.
still has bite. and that soundtrack is killer. (and other puns)
great 70s atmosphere and effects.