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We Are Going To Eat You!
Zombi 2 (also known as Zombie, Island of the Living Dead, Zombie Island, Zombie Flesh-Eaters and Woodoo) is a 1979 zombie horror film directed by Lucio Fulci. It is perhaps the best-known of Fulci's films and made him a horror icon. Though the title suggests this is a sequel to Zombi (the Italian title of George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead), the films are unrelated. When the film was released in 1979 it was scorned for its extremely bloody content, notably by the UK's Conservative government.
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…
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…
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…
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Zombie AKA Zombi 2 AKA Zombie Flesh Eaters AKA How many goddamn titles can one movie have? is Lucio Fulci's most well-known and perhaps most celebrated film. It's pretty easy to see why fans of the genre would like Zombie: It's violent, silly, self-aware and mostly a fun watch overall. I personally don't think it's anywhere near Romero's best work, but its worth a watch nonetheless.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Zombi holocaust ripped this one off but I'm really getting too old for this shit, so so boring. The 2 stars is for the zombie fighting a shark, for real.
I agree with Stephen Thrower that it isn't possible to view Fulci's film as a masterpiece (perhaps better value is The Beyond) but as a "pop culture classic" instead. It certainly is enjoyable, fast paced and has a tightly plotted narrative (though characters on a whole are undeveloped). The gore is the film's lasting legacy and is beautifully staged here (yes Olga Katlatos' infamous splinter through the eyeball scene but also the lovingingly shot close up of Auretta Gay's gaping neck wound spurting garish red blood). Indeed, one of the fascinating aspects of the film, and concisely provided in the Arrow blu-ray booklet, is the development of Zombie Flesh Eaters in the UK via its history of censorship. Once a successfully prosecuted 'video nastie' now a 'safe' and sanctioned film notable for its entertaining zombie action rather than any controversy or potential to corrupt.
It's badly acted, horrendously dubbed and poorly plotted but it does have an underwater fight between a Zombie and a Shark. Easy five stars...
...real world score 3/5.
Lucio Fulci's gross-out video nasty living dead voodoo gore fest (kinda, we'll get to that later) "Zombi 2"/"Zombie"/"Zombie Flesh Eaters"/whatever is, surprisingly, one of the greats of the zombie sub-genre. For a movie which is nothing more than a cheap cash-in on the success of George Romero's earlier "Dawn of the Dead", there still lies a fun, engaging, gross, and (on very rare occasions) creepy movie.
"Zombi 2" has a reputation for being violent, gross, disgusting, depraved, you name it. And sure, the gore effects are pretty amazing (Just look at that zombie on the cover!! Look at it! It's beautiful!) but besides a few scenes, like the infamous eyeball v. wooden splinter scene and the zombie v. shark scene,…
Ein klassischer früher Zombiefilm, der alles richtig macht. Es gibt Schauspieler, die den Namen verdienen, nette Settings, eine Story, der man auch nüchtern gern Aug und Ohr leiht, tolle Zombiemasken und ansprechende musikalische Untermalung. Sogar die deutsche Synchro ist in Ordnung.
Trotzdem fehlte mir was. Vielleicht ist alles ein bisschen zu routiniert und zu glatt, um mich richtig zu begeistern. Also eigentlich 7 Punkte; einen halben extra für den legendären Kampf des Unterwasserzombies gegen den Hai.
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