A zombie movie with a music score that sounds evil and really disgusting looking zombies infected with maggots. Blood and gore is memorable with a "splinter in the eye" scene making even the hardest gore-hound cry out. Worse is the fact that it is hard to care about the characters and there is a laughable moment underwater where a zombie attack a shark, but the ending spells D-O-O-M.
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.
There are some worthwhile moments in Fulci's Zombie. The infamous eye ball impaling scene still retains a lot of its shock factor, and the stupendously ambitious underwater sequence accompanied by Frizzi's fabulous score shows a lot of ingenuity. These brilliant moments are all too brief though, and it ultimately feels like a soulless cash grab and is too derivative of Romero's work to be afforded too much credit.
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.
My favorite Zombie film. Fulci is a director with limited talent and means but sometimes he creates ghastly gems like this one. There's plenty of bad acting to scoff at but the effects are superb and the soundtrack just burrows into your brain. It's bizarre and unsettling in all the right ways and just makes one feel all icky. Love it.
Altro grande lavoro di Fulci,che si distacca dalla forte critica sociale romeriana per sfornare un horror puro,girato magnificamente,con un incipit ed un finale che lasciano stupiti per semplicità e bellezza.Grandiosi gli effetti fatti tutti a mano(la scena dell occhio è pazzesca) e momenti che sicuramente non lasciano indifferenti(lo squalo,il cimitero...).Giustamente omaggiato e rivalutato negli anni. 4*