Zombi 2 (1980)
Movie InfoThis 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, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Zombi 2
[the remaster] looks a whole lot better than the bootlegged version lost down the back of the sofa in the video nasty era, but apart from its iconic zombie-vs.-shark sequence, it has little to offer today's audience beyond nostalgia for its own sake
Filled with lasting iconic imagery, gruesome special effects, and memorable sequences of the sub-genre...
Blue Underground's release of Zombie is nothing short of a gift for fans. A time-capsule-worthy look at one of horror cinema's most infamous and fun movies.
A gore bore. "Barf bags" were handed out to people paying to see this in theaters. No-Doze would have been more appropriate.
For the zombie connoisseur, it's a treasure of invention and all-around solid filmmaking.
Fulci is a particularly tactile director with a specially attuned sense for what sends the audience's gag reflex into overdrive
For a renowned entry in the satire-compatible cinema of the undead, Zombie is egregiously synthetic
Inane Fulci gorefest. Alternately boring and silly.
A pretty bad film that makes for an OK video rental.
Has enough worm-ridden zombie flesh, horrendously fake yet appalling gore, and completely superfluous female nudity to make this a winner.
Audience Reviews for Zombi 2
Call it what you will, Zombi, Zombi 2, Zombie Flesh Eaters. I call it the latter personally, because as cheeky as Lucio Fulci was by proclaiming it as the sequel to George Romero's Dawn of the Dead, it really stands on it own two feet as a fantastic Zombie film. The opening scene of a crew-less ship sailing into New York harbour is unforgettable, need I mention the Zombie vs. Shark scene? Absolute brilliance.
For extended periods, the viewers are actually expected to endure excursive discussions on the voodoo origins of zombies and a doltish mystery around the disappearance of a boating enthusiast. Granted, the dropsical gore is astonishingly revolting and the makeup of the decaying zombies (with maggot-infested skulls and shredded flesh) is effectively decomposing. What should the centerpiece is an underwater scuffle between a shark and zombie is not particularly epic mostly due to the languid pacing and soft soundtrack. The solitary chilling scene is the excruciating buildup of a zombie stalking a woman through the a tropical-paradise hotel room until he effortlessly breaks through a door and slowly wrenches her eyeballs into a wooden splinter. Other than the fact that is an Italian production and set on a beach, the mayhem is a rehashed dish of Romero.More
Zombie (AKA Zombi 2 or Zombie Flesh Eaters) is considered to be one of the best zombie movies ever made while at the same time it branded Lucio Fulci as the Italian king of splatter. The film is very gritty and extremely unpleasant in places, even by today's standards. The eye-gouging scene and underwater zombie vs. shark scene are particularly memorable, as is the film's opening bit which has been imitated in both films and video games. The score for the film is extremely good. A sort of dark and depressing funeral dirge mixed with shock cues and themes make it very haunting. The make-up for the film is also very impressive, particularly the zombie make-up. I rather like the zombies in this film more than any of the others only because they seem completely void of humanity. They remind me much more of the zombies from the films of Jacques Tourneur (perhaps it's the voodoo). They move slowly, make little to no noise and the only major movement that they make is to lunge out and devour. I find that to be very effective and unique - almost like an animal of some sort. The movie is also very-well photographed and framed and the desaturation of the color palette only adds to the grittyness and dark feel. The film went on to spawn several sequels and spin-offs (none directly related to this film's storyline), while at the same time being a sequel to Romero's Dawn of the Dead in Italy. It went critically unnoticed for years because of this but has gained a cult status and gotten much more attention by film fans, gore hounds and just horror film fans in general, and for good reason. Zombie is one of the elite quintessential zombie movies and faithfully follows throuogh on its tag line: "We are going to eat you!"More
One of the zombie greats. Zombie certainly starts and ends well. The beginning sees a boat sailing by itself. Shortly a zombie is found on board and a journalist investigates its origins. Nice to see a zombie film with a bit of mystery, even if the mystery isn't that intriguing. People will look at the dubbing and probably cry foul, but who cares. It's very well done, even when the lips don't sync. At least all the emotion in the voice matched what the actors were portraying. The zombies themselves are very well deisgned. They look like they have dug themselves up from the earth, caked in dirt and soil, making their decomposed forms eerie and disgusting. The violence is still pretty harsh. With a particular eye scene making me gag a few times. Anything to do with eyes and I'm shuddering. The best part of all is the zombie vs. shark match. Not just because of how awesome it is, but because it's from a time when they used an actual real shark and a human. Just to see these two together is impressive in a CGI dominated world. It had many an emotional part, but it's all fairly familiar. Luckily, when someone makes a film with this much passion, you're going to notice the differences no matter how small.More
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