Zombie (aka Zombi 2)
Director: Lucio Fulci
True bloody carnage, Italian style. Lucio Fulci presents us with a good zombie flick that has it all: zombie gore, naked women, and poorly dubbed dialogue. And the cinematography isn't half bad either.
A seemingly abandoned yacht slowly makes its way into New York harbor. The Harbor Patrol jumps on board to take a look-see, and wouldn't you know it, a fuckin zombie pops up and takes one out. This mysterious appearance leads the owner of the yacht's daughter and a reporter to investigate what happened to the crew, leading them down into the unchartered islands of the Caribbean. And wouldn't you know it, a couple more fucking zombies pop up and gnaw, gnaw, gnaw away. Ah, good times.
This is one of the true genre classics whose imagery is still an icon for horror buffs (as you may recognize the maggot-covered zombie head that adorns the packaging cover on the left). Though cashing in on the popularity of Romero's Dawn of the Dead, it stands as its own unique contribution to the genre, and has a nice bit of style to it as well. While the story isn't exactly groundbreaking, it's more about the gorific scenes between the dialogue-filled interludes. After making films for over 20 years, this is Fulci's first real successful horror film, and the style is readily apparent. So even the dialogue-filled interludes at least look interesting.
Great Scene: The whole eye being pulled slowly toward the jagged piece of wood thing. The scene with the shark and the zombie is pretty impressive, too.
DVD Notes: While the menu graphics are just crap, luckily it has no bearing on the excellent widescreen transfer that Anchor Bay put out in 2002. If you pick this movie up, make sure you get one of the more recently done versions, as the earlier releases in the US were apparently pretty hacked, and in Standard format to boot, destroying the nicely composed images originally shot.