ICONIC GIALLO ZOMBIE FLICK
Director: Lucio Fulci
Writer: Elisa Briganti
Stars: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson
Language: English | Spanish | Italian
Release Date: 18 July 1980
Also Known As: Zombie
Filming Locations: Studio Mafera, Rome, Lazio, Italy and New York City, New York, USA.
Production Co: Variety Film Production
Did Ya Know: While shooting on location in New York City, Captain Haggerty, who plays the large bald zombie who attacks the harbor patrol at the beginning of the film, walked into CBGB's (a tiny Bowery bar which was a flourishing punk rock venue at the time) in full zombie makeup complete with splattered fake blood and mud caked all over his face and body. Due to the outrageous punk styles in those days of the other bar patrons, he was barely noticed. Even the bartender never looked twice at him.
I actually liked Zombi 2, or as I came to know it Zombie Flesh Eaters. For some reason this is considered by many to be the sequel to George Romero's 1978 classic, Dawn of the Dead. I really don't see any link what so ever between the Romero movie and the Fulci gore fest, except of course for the Zombies. From what I've come to learn about Zombies is that their are really a bunch of different versions of them. You have your regular, run of the mill, no explanation Zombies. You have your Virus ridden running Zombies, and like with this one you have your reanimated Voodoo Zombies.
There are some really good scenes of gore in this film if that is what you are really looking for. Example being a woman slowly getting her eyeball pierced by a plank of wood. Also we get to see something of a rarity in the Undead world, a Zombie vs. a Shark. There are plenty of corny antics though to fill the entire hour and a half, like terrible dubbing, horrid acting, and a spotty storyline. If you really are a fan though of Zombie and horror movies, you really wont care about any of the above mentioned and you will take it as it is.
We start the film in New York with a mysterious boat floating into the harbor. Harbor Patrol responds checking out the boat and finding that the entire crew is missing, save one passenger, a Zombie. The story line really jumps around a lot, where our stars Tisa Farrow and Ian McCulloch lead a crew to a remote island where the inhabitants believe that the reanimated corpses of Spanish Conquistadors are rising due to a bit of Voodoo.
I had a really fun time watching this gore filled Zed fest and i hope you will to. I am fully giving this Italian Zombie classic a 5/10.