The third act is so powerful that it's easy to forget how aimless & meandering the first half of the film actually is. It's only when the protagonists get to the island that the film becomes unrelenting in its sustained sense of dread. Fulci was always better with atmosphere than narrative & it's here where Zombi is most successful. The scenes of zombie carnage & hopeless final images still carry a tremendous weight.
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.
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.
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.