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Monday, November 21, 2011

Zombi 2, a.k.a. Zombie (1979)

Very few films make me wince.  Zombi 2 is one of them.  Italian director Lucio Fulci gives us a horror masterpiece that's both gory and imaginative.  Trying to cash in on the success of George Romero's Dawn of the Dead [which was entitled Zombi in Italy] the makers of this film simply called it Zombi 2.  In some ways it rests on the shoulders of Romero's shambling, slow-moving, flesh-eating zombies.  But it also goes "old school" and incorporates some of the Haitian voodoo elements so prevalent in early zombie films.  In the end it's really a hybrid of both.
The zombies in Fulci's film are truly works of art.  He once described them as "walking flower pots" which is a great description.  Many of their eyes are closed and the make up is in thick layers so that they look a bit like mummys but far more menacing.  Kudos to Gianetto De Rossi for giving us some of the most visually stunning zombies ever to grace the silver screen.  
This movie is true Italian horror with boob shots for no apparent reason and TONS of gore.  Fulci lets it flow with reckless abandon.  So much so that the film originally received an X rating.
The native drums on the soundtrack are a bit irritating.  I found myself wishing they would stop numerous times in the film.  However, the underlying soundtrack is good and sounds a bit like the atmospheric music Goblin did for Dawn of the Dead.
Yes, the acting is not always the greatest and tends to be a bit melodramatic for my tastes.  But no one can deny Fulci's talent and artistry as a director.  Zombi 2 is NOT for the faint of heart but it is one of the most memorable zombie films I've ever seen whose images will remain with me until they put me in the ground.
RATING: Excellent.
For more info check out the episode's entry in IMDB.

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