Virus (a.k.a Zombie Creeping Flesh Night of the Zombies, Hell of the Living Dead) opens with a team of commandos led by Lt. Mike London (José Gras) being deployed to eliminate a group of terrorists who have taken hostages inside a large building. Once the mission is completed, the team is flown to Papua New Guinea due to communication being lost with a chemical research facility called Hope, possibly due to terrorist action. They soon meet journalist Lia Rousseau (Margit Evelyn Newton) and her cameraman who are investigating a series of mysterious and violent attacks on the local native population. After encountering some of the natives, the group come under attack by hordes of flesh-eating zombies. Rousseau and London’s men battle their way to Hope where they find an experimental chemical has been released that kills people and turns them into zombies. —Wikipedia
Bruno Mattei (30 July 1931 – 21 May 2007) was an Italian film director, screenwriter and editor who gained a cult following for a wide variety of exploitation films that covered many genres, ranging from women in prison (WIP) to zombie films. He used many pseudonyms, predominantly Vincent Dawn (choosing that surname as a nod to George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead).
Mattei got his start in Italian cinema by editing more than 100 films between the 1960s and the early 1970s. In 1974, he earned his first directorial credit, directing 20 minutes of additional hardcore footage for the French release of Jess Franco’s 1969 film 99 Women. He also edited Franco’s “Count Dracula” (1969), and in early 1975, he wrote the script for the Joe D’Amato film Demon Rage and edited D’Amato’s Black Eva. He became a full-time director in 1977 when he made several erotic Nazi death camp films, which he followed up with some porno mockumentaries such as Sexy Night Report starring Laura Gemser and The… read more
If you've already seen and enjoyed the more notorious Italian Zombie films, then I suppose this is worth checking out. At times fun and comical, other times so over the top it is stupid. It even manages to be disturbing when introduced to the Tribal people. Some of the gore was nicely done for this type of movie, a part towards the end even made me think Fulci. Stay away if you are seeking a quality zombie film.