Lucio Fulci is one of the undisputed masters of Italian horror, and while he was very adept at what he did, he was often hampered by the materials he had to work with. ZOMBIE, or ZOMBI 2, as it was known in Italy, features some great moments (among them, a zombie fighting a shark and a famous eye-gouging scene), but suffers from a weak finale (watch for several reused shots scattered throughout the climax).
Fulci has a tendency to draw out his movies in ways that make them more tedious than they should be, however ZOMBIE is one of the instances where the schlocky nature of the material and the infamous gore scenes make up for the pace. It's also a zombie movie that's more in the vein of I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE story-wise, rather than Romero's films.
It's just as iconic as Romero's original trilogy - but where the previous shines with its social commentary, the latter brings zombies to their native roots, while presenting them in their most decomposing and rotten appearance. Rises from the grave accompanied with Fabio Frizzi's score - along with Fulci's now masterful gore effects - create one of the greatest moments of exploitation cinema.
Lucio Fulci may have been a nonliterate Grindhouse filmmaker, but no director has ever created a pure cinematic language intended to scare the shit out of the audience better than he. The pure visual and stylistic vocabulary that he uses, to structure the beats of his narrative and to elicit a response, is just as an effective, and artistic, a technique as any form of storytelling to achieve emotion.
Although it lacks the social criticism that I often complain is lacking in modern zombie-films, Zombie (aka Zombie Flesh Eaters aka Zombi 2) is my favorite zombie-film and my favorite movie of Fulci's. The score is nasty, the zombies rotting and crawling with worms, and the gore is a classic example of Fulci-grossness. Classic scenes include the infamous eyeball-scene and the zombie fighting a shark under water.
I don't know what it is about this film,but over the years I'm constantly drawn back to it.Yes,Fulci did make better films.Yes,at best the acting is only ok.However,there's something about the beat of the music.The old school special effects are still better than modern day CGi.Theres also the thought that despite Man's arrogance. Nature/God will always knock us back on our knees with something we're not expecting.