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Zombie (1979)

  Tags: 70's, Al Cliver, Auretta Gay, blood, gore, Ian McCulloch, Lucio Fulci, Richard Johnson, Tisa Farrow, undead, walking dead, zombi 2, zombie, Zombie Movies

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Lucio Fulci
91 minutes
Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson, Al Cliver, Auretta Gay

Well I was quite surprised by this film. I've heard a lot of mixed reviews about it and I figured that it wouldn't be that good, but I actually enjoyed it. Had a lot of excellent rotting zombies and a very cool ending. Media Blasters recently re-released it under its Italian title, Zombi 2, on a Special Edition 2-disc set, that's loaded with extras.

The movie starts off with this unknown boat washing ashore New York City. A couple cops sail out and check into it to discover that there's no one there, or so they thought. Eventually one of the dumbasses gets bit by a fat zombie that was stored in the bottom of the boat. The next day the daughter of the owner of the boat is called in to be asked questions. Eventually she gets let out, with unanswered questions about the where her father really is. She meets up with this reporter guy and they make a deal to find out what happened to her father by going to the island that he was staying at. They hitch a ride with this couple on vacation and the rest is, zombies; zombies; zombies. Oh yeah baby!

Anyway, this is my third-or-so film by Lucio Fulci, who's notorious for having a lot of graphic gore scenes in his movies, so I knew what I was getting myself into, because there was plenty of gore to go around in this flick. I thought the beginning of the movie, with the boat coming to New York, was pretty damn cool, because we all know that there's gonna be a zombie inside there and since it's in a big city, it's gonna be one hell of a feast. We don't really get to see something like that in zombie films. It's mainly taken place in small towns and such.

This movie did mostly take place on an island, but some scenes were in New York. This film mainly focused on the whole voodoo-theory of how the zombies came about, instead of the usual government cover-up or some radioactive explosion, like we've seen in other zombie films. I thought that's what made this movie somewhat original and more interesting.

There's really nothing much I didn't like about the film, aside from some bad acting, and a lack of zombie action, but a lot of movies could use more zombie action. I would have given it a higher rating, but I thought a 7 was good enough, because I liked it, but not as much as I could have. Still fun to watch the guys shot up some zombies though. I guess if you're a zombie fan, then you won't be disappointed with this. The main reason why I liked it so much was the ending. It was predictable, but still very cool to watch.

After the credits at the end of the film, there was a notice saying something about a barf bag being handed out to the people of the theater audience if they needed it. Man, those people must have been really weak-stomached, because sure the film is gory, but not to the point of throwing up. I thought that was rather funny.

A good film to watch if you're a zombie fan. I recommend it if you haven't seen it yet, or if you're into those gore flicks.

Posted on October 22, 2009 - 10:43pm | FrighT MasteR