Zombi 2 (1980)
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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.
Audience Reviews for Zombi 2
There is absolutely no point in trying to make any sense of this ridiculous, trashy movie (which is not even a sequel of anything despite its title), and so I guess the best thing to do is just enjoy the great score (really, it is great) and those laughable gory scenes.
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.
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!"
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