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1979 film directed by Lucio Fulci

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Second time's the charm with this fleshy bit of fun.

  • Jul 13, 2011
*** out of ****

I'm always willing to give a film a second chance unless I really, really hated it. I didn't really, really hate Lucio Fulci's "Zombie", so I decided to watch it again; this time with original Italian Audio (with English Subtitles), and a mood that was acceptable for this kind of movie.

Fulci's film is a solid one, at best. At worst, people could see it as stupid and meaningless; as I once did. But this time, when I watched it and gave it that other chance that it deserved, I saw it for what it was; a straight-forward zombie exploitation film. It was gory, exploitative fun at its best. I actually enjoyed myself while watching it. It is no doubt a story of mediocrity, but that doesn't matter. Fulci is a talented filmmaker; and he shows it through this movie. I liked many things about "Zombie", also known as "Zombi 2" for its supposed involvement with "Dawn of the Dead" (which I don't get). Sure, it's imperfect; but I'm a sucker for cult flicks. Especially cult zombie flicks.

So let me get this over with. There's not much of an involving plot here; and the dialogue isn't particularly well-written or inspired enough to have the hook that it MIGHT want to have. But something tells me that Fulci just wanted to make a zombie movie, and nothing more. He succeeded. Anyways, back to the movie's plot.

The film opens with a spectacular encounter between some policeman, a boat, and a fat zombie that resides there. One man dies; the other shoots the being. The undead fat man falls into the ocean, and the dead body of the man's fellow officer is thrown into the same sea. After this encounter, we cut to the chase; the boat that the fat zombie was on apparently MIGHT have belonged to a woman (Tisa Farrow), or at least her father. Some reporters are assigned to go with her to investigate the case of the ominous, abandoned boat that was never heard from again, and so it begins. The crew soon discovers that the woman's father had gone to an island whose people were suffering from a strange, infectious disease. He must have went there are got infected.

Out of curiosity, the heroic characters go to the islands to see for themselves what all the commotion is all about. Sure enough, many people are dying from the same disease that the father had described (in note form). There's also the possibility that a strange Voodoo curse is allowing the dead to rise from the grave and feast on human flesh.

That's basically the plot right there. It's a stupid one, but with all due respect, "Zombie" is a stupid movie. But only story and character-wise; otherwise, I have a lot of respect for it. Aside from its weak plotting and lack of character development (or solid acting to complete the package), "Zombie" is never boring. It's consistently entertaining, and delivers when it comes to the gory goods. To be quite honest, I was pleased by the end. There are some great, memorable scenes; one of them involving a zombie (the underwater-photographer for the film's cinematography unit) fighting a shark...and yes, while underwater. You'll be going, "how did they film that?" I had fun asking myself these questions, just as I had fun watching "Zombie".

I guess what I admire, most of all, about "Zombie", is that it features true directorial dedication from its filmmaker. This is a well-shot movie; and Fulci lets the camera caress every undead inch of the zombie's body. The make-up effects for these zombies are incredible, and Fulci's fascination with gore effects is admirable. Lucio Fulci obviously enjoyed making "Zombie", which means that there will be an audience who feels the same amount of enthusiasm regarding it. I liked this movie, it was good escapist entertainment, and with me being a horror fan; it was all that I needed.

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July 15, 2011
I loved this flick, great review.
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If one must speak of the Citizen Kane as far as zombie films concerned, I think one would probably mention either Romero's Dawn of the Dead or Fulci's Zombie. In fact, I almost hate to mention both in the same sentence as they are two different works of art & have very little in common although Zombie was marketed as a sequel to Dawn of the Dead only in Italy.     Fulci was, hands down, the king of splatter films in his time & don't think there ever was another director …
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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 the best-known of Fulci's films.[1] The movie made Fulci a horror icon. Despite the fact that the title alludes to the film being 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 at the time Conservative British Parliament.[2].

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Director: Lucio Fulci
Genre: Horror
Release Date: July 18, 1980
MPAA Rating: Unrated, R
Runtime: 91 minutes
Studio: Variety Film Productions
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