Zombie (1979) Review

Zombie 1979by Chris Wright, MoreHorror.com

If you want a zombie movie that has hope at the end of the tunnel and light headed humor, then this hardcore Lucio Fulci zombie movie is not the right one for you! “Zombie” is directed by the infamous Italian horror director Lucio Fulci.

If you are a fan of his like I am, you will know he is coined “The Godfather of gore” and that certainly holds true in this horror flick. This movie has alternate names depending on where you are and what you have. This movie is commonly known as “Zombi II”, which would lead you to believe it is a sequel. The movie “Zombi” in Italian is referring to “Dawn of the Dead”, which is from George Romero. There is zero relation in any of the movies referred to as “Zombi”. It is also commonly known as “Zombie Flesh Eaters” as well. In American releases, this movie is simply known as “Zombie.” Thankfully Wizard Video and others introduced this gory gem to the U.S. audience in the 1980s!

Taking place primarily on an estranged island, the movie is loaded with fantastic atmosphere, terrific musical score and the zombies are gruesome. As a person watching this movie, you feel a sense of dread that you don’t get from many zombie movies especially today. Lucio Fulci had a tendency to make a movie as depressing as possible with no hope in sight. If you find a liking to a certain character, I hope you don’t mind that particular person dying! “Zombie” is no different.

The plot is fairly simple. A lovely lady named Anna wants to find out what happened to her father and his whereabouts. Unknown to her, he is already dead and only one man knows what is going on. Anna and her new friend Peter find out her father is on an island in the U.S. Virgin Islands. What they don’t know is there are rumors of voodoo occurring on the island. At this point, it’s basically Anna and Peter and the two friends they have on a boat in search of her father. They basically come head to head with Dr. Menard, who is trying to discover the cause of a zombie uprising!

The characters are fairly likable with English dubbing that isn’t annoying at all, which makes the movie more watchable. The doctor on the Island, Dr. David Menard turns out to be a central figure in helping them find out what is going on. Anna, Peter, Brian, and Susan are certainly likable. It didn’t really focus so much on the characters but the films sense of dread and hopelessness. For what it is worth, the characters did a fine job of being scared at the perils they were rushed in to.

The gore in this movie is cringe worthy. One of my favorite scenes is the eye gouging scene. The thing about Fulci movies is he makes you cringe instead of a quick death. I had to literally sit through the zombie grabbing a girl’s hair and slowly pulling her toward a brown wooden piece of wood to slowly see it go through her eye! What made it worse is I had to witness the zombie push her back out after that happening. From huge chunks being taken out of arms and necks from the zombies, this movie delivers the gory goods. The zombies themselves are fairly relentless only being killed with a head shot wound. Even characters we thought would make it don’t make it. The few who do make it aren’t entirely out of the clear. Another one of my favorite scenes is the shark and zombie scene. I have never witnessed a zombie swimming under water and actually trying to eat a shark!

I had an entire sense of dread watching this movie especially the last half. The impression I received was there was no hope in sight (I was literally watching and thinking how in the world does two people stop all this?!). I don’t venture this to be Fulci’s best horror movie but it’s near the top of the list. If possible, please watch this movie uncut. I felt creepy enough watching it (most zombie movies don’t project that feeling on me) as it felt realistic. It seems zombie realism works better in these European directors’ minds as the American ones don’t felt hat real to me. I can tell what will happen in many zombie movies but this one (along with all over early Fulci’s) I certainly cannot. With a 6.7/10 on IMDB, it’s worthy of much more. I liked this movie than “Dawn of the Dead” from Romero. I give this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars. I would give it a perfect score but there was a tad dragging in some parts but overall a worthy watch for anybody who loves gore, zombies, and horror in general!

“Zombie” AKA “Zombi II” (1979)
Directed By: Lucio Fulci
Written By: Elisa Briganti & Dardano Sacchetti

Starring: Tisa Farrow (Anna), Ian McColloch (Peter), Richard Johnson (Dr. David Menard), Al Cliver (Brian), Auretta Gay (Susan), Stefania D’Amario (Menard’s nurse), Olga Karlatos (Paola Menard)

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