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also known as Zombi II | Zombie Flesh Eaters

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In Italy, it was considered the 'unofficial sequel' to DAWN OF THE DEAD. In England, it was known as ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS and banned as obscene. In America, it was called ZOMBIE and advertised with the depraved tag line, "We are going to eat you!" Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Al Cliver and Richard Johnson star in this worldwide splatter sensation directed by 'Maestro of Gore' Lucio Fulci that remains one of the most eye-skewering, skin-ripping, gore-gushingly graphic horror hits of all time.

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This is a stone cold classic of late-1970s / early-1980s cinema. No matter when you see it, Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE just exudes a kind of creepy, sleazy miasma into the air. It's like taking a time-machine back to the good ol' days of the grindhouse...in the comfort of your own home!

Fulci was no slouch as a director. He's best remembered (fondly in some circles...especially mine!) for movies like this one: super violent splatter fests high in gore and low in logic. But the guy was more than just horror. He directed comedies and westerns and crime thrillers. (His WOMAN IN A LIZARD'S SKIN is a terrific giallo with a score by Ennio Morricone.)

ZOMBIE is supposed to be a "sequel" to George A. Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD, but there is little to connect the two. Although Romero did not think much of this film, I think Fulci should be commended for taking the zombie flick back to its jungle / voodoo origins. There are times when the proceedings have a Dr. Moreau / Island of Lost Souls kinda vibe.

The effects are amazing. You can rest assured that Fulci will give you your money's worth when it comes to the red stuff. Punctured bodies and open wounds are lovingly filmed. The camera lingers on the gore in an almost erotic manner.

The score by Fabio Frizzi is beautiful. It moves from pulsing electronics to weirdo calypso to stereotypical "jungle drums" within minutes. The music backing much of the zombie stuff is especially effective: thumping, creepy, driving synths.

If you dig this, check out the other Fulci films available. THE GATES OF HELL is another classic gorefest!

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This is a stone cold classic of late-1970s / early-1980s cinema. No matter when you see it, Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE just exudes a kind of creepy, sleazy miasma into the air. It's like taking a time-machine back to the good ol' days of the grindhouse...in the comfort of your own home!

Fulci was no slouch as a director. He's best remembered (fondly in some circles...especially mine!) for movies like this one: super violent splatter fests high in gore and low in logic. But the guy was more than just horror. He directed comedies and westerns and crime thrillers. (His WOMAN IN A LIZARD'S SKIN is a terrific giallo with a score by Ennio Morricone.)

ZOMBIE is supposed to be a "sequel" to George A. Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD, but there is little to connect the two. Although Romero did not think much of this film, I think Fulci should be commended for taking the zombie flick back to its jungle / voodoo origins. There are times when the proceedings have a Dr. Moreau / Island of Lost Souls kinda vibe.

The effects are amazing. You can rest assured that Fulci will give you your money's worth when it comes to the red stuff. Punctured bodies and open wounds are lovingly filmed. The camera lingers on the gore in an almost erotic manner.

The score by Fabio Frizzi is beautiful. It moves from pulsing electronics to weirdo calypso to stereotypical "jungle drums" within minutes. The music backing much of the zombie stuff is especially effective: thumping, creepy, driving synths.

If you dig this, check out the other Fulci films available. THE GATES OF HELL is another classic gorefest!

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It's Fulci so you know it's all about blood, gore, mayhem, and all that fun stuff. He's one of the originals in the horror genre. Sit back, relax, and enjoy !

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As James Lewis writes, a stone cold classic of late-70s early 80s (splatterpunk) cinema. I remember watching this at the drive-in when it first came out - yes that's how old I am. Plenty of gore and nudity (2 of the 3 essential exploitative horror elements...I forget what the 3rd is) and the best shark versus zombie scene ever put to celluloid (possibly the only shark versus zombie scene ever put to celluloid). Fans of 70s-80s Italian horror are sure to like this one.

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This movie is a masterpiece. One of the best giallo films I've ever seen. The effects are great, the zombies are great and the haunting synth music is top notch – I bought the soundtrack and love listening to that main theme over and over. And of course, a zombie fights a shark and it's amazing.

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Amazing effects and story especially for the time period. I had no idea that there was a serious and not totally campy Zombie film out there! Bravo!!

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Great zombie special effects, creepy and well shot with some interesting twists on the usual zombie fare. Especially liked the sexy/deadly scuba scene and the stolen-kiss conquistador graveyard scene. Fun mix of old-school island superstition and post-modern apocalypse zombie elements.

In 1979 "The Grandfather of Gore" Lucio Fulci managed to hit it out of the park (with a bullet). Zombi 2 has been one of my favorite zombie films for quite a few years now, and every time I watch it I like it more. Fulci oozes style in this one, displaying that, although he's known mostly as a gore-meister, he really knew how to ramp up the tension when he wanted to. The scene with the door and the broken wood (you know which one I mean), is exceptionally paced and absolutely satisfying when that climax is reached, as well as being very artistically photographed! A sequence, not only a high watermark of Fulci's career, but of a Italian Horror in general...it's that good.

Apart from Fulci's now iconic sequences, this film just wouldn't be the same without Fabio Frizzi's completely brilliant score! Frizzi does not get the praise he deserves for some of the incredible scores he provided, and his work on this film is no exception. If you like Italian horror, watch it...immediately. If you like Zombie films--understand that you're in for a different flavor of entertainment, but definitely give it a shot. It's a film that has earned viewing. Watch it!

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I love this movie the horror I love horror movies and this I love it specially the shower scene it was incredible done. When the English version is going to be posted.

Classic film. But where is the English version?

terrible in everyway