The American television news reporter Dean Miller (Hugo Stiglitz) waits at an unnamed European airport for the arrival of a scientist that he is about to interview regarding a recent nuclear accident. An unmarked military plane makes an emergency landing. The plane doors open and dozens of zombies burst out and begin stabbing and shooting the military personnel outside. Miller tries to let the people know of this event, but General Murchison of Civil Defense (Mel Ferrer) will not allow it. Miller tries to find his wife Anna who works at a hospital as the zombies begin to overrun the city. Anna and him escape to an abandoned amusement park that is also overrun with zombies… —Wikipedia
Umberto Lenzi (born August 6, 1931), is an Italian film director who was very active in low budget crime films, peplums, spaghetti westerns, war movies, cannibal films and giallo murder mysteries (in addition to writing many of the screenplays himself).
Lenzi was born in Massa Marittima, Grosseto, southern Tuscany. He is the writer/director of two highly controversial exploitation films: Mangiati vivi (1980) and Cannibal Ferox (1981) as well as the director of the film adaptation of the Italian comic book Kriminal (1966). He was one of the first Italian directors to get involved in the Giallo film craze (along with Mario Bava and Dario Argento), and his “Man From Deep River” is credited as being the film that started the Italian “cannibal film” genre later popularized by Ruggero Deodato, Jess Franco and others. Lenzi has claimed in interviews however that he was never too enamored of the cannibal films he made, being much prouder of his war films and crime/ western/ action movies… read more
More entertaining than Margheriti's *Cannibal Apocalypse*, but not even in the same ballpark as Fucli's *Zombie Flesh Eaters*. For one, all the contaminated "zombies" either look like dumpy, only-mildly-injured, middle-aged businessmen or full-on rubbery rejects from a *Toxic Avenger* movie. Its attempts to reproduce Fulci/Romero-type gore effects fail across the board. And Lenzi arguing, in the DVD extras, that
Love love love this movie, even with it's silly anti-nuclear message and idiotic ending. One of the pioneers of the "running zombie" genre, even if Mr Lenzi hates it when people call it a zombie movie. Fast paced, never boring, lots of creative sequences with the infected hoarde. How could you not love this?