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Zombie (1979)

Cast: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCullough, Richard Johnson, more...
Director: Lucio Fulci
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Anchor Bay
Genre: Foreign, Horror, Italy, Zombies, Italian Horror
Running Time: 91 min.
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This title is currently out of print.

This audaciously disgusting spectacle from the late master of gruesome horror, Lucio Fulci, was posited as a semi-sequel to George Romero's Dawn of the Dead, which was released in Italy as Zombi. Tisa Farrow and a group of vacationing tourists travel to an island where they find a doctor (Richard Johnson) who is attempting to cure a condition that reanimates the dead. Things quickly get out of control as undead Spanish conquistadors crawl from their graves hungry for human flesh. The nauseatingly graphic set-pieces by Gianetto de Rossi include a close-up of a woman's eye being pierced by a large shard of wood and a zombie fighting a Great White shark underwater. This relatively well-made shocker was enormously popular worldwide and led to the zombie-gore film becoming the dominant motif of 1980s Italian horror. ~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

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GreenCine Member Reviews

Brilliant, a work of zombie genius! by ypolita September 25, 2004 - 7:56 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I remember just loving this movie and just want to write a counter to the only review listed here. I thought it was kinda artsy and not formulaic at all. The shard in the eye scene is so great. If you like foreign horror and you like zombie films, you will like this! A very cool movie...

act smart by thomasadam September 23, 2004 - 2:17 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
IN some ways this film comes from the same soil as Romero's Dead movies. There seems to be fairly high productions values, but sadly this film lacks the post apocalyptic linchpin of zombie films. That is not to say that zombies don't threaten to take over the world, but to say the viewer ends up taking a detour to an island where there are zombies which are brought to life by voodoo. I kept wanting to see what was going on back in New York. This movie also suffers from having main characters with weak intelligence. Romero's Dead movies are so much fun because despite the ridiculous scenario, the people act like people. Some (usually the main characters) are smart, and some are stupid, and do stupid things like split up, or take forever to figure out that you have to kill the zombie brain, or walk through a dense forest instead of an open field where you could see any zombie from a mile away.
That said, it is not a bad zombie movie. THere are some very creepy parts, especially an underwater scene, and there is a really gross eye gouging(really gross!) generally good camera work also.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.90)
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