This film is what put Lucio Fulci on the map. If you are a die-hard horror fan you know who I am referring too. If not, I will shed a little light for you: Fulci was an Italian film director, political activist, screenwriterm and actor. He was born on June 17, 1927 and passed away on March 13, 1996 in Rome, Italy. He had his hand in quite a few genres, even comedies, but this film really helped to jump start his career.
Zombie was a low-budget film that still offers great detail in the look of the zombies. The acting is somewhat generic, but that can be easily overlooked with some of the brutal scenes that this movie offers. One of which is the famed “splinter in the eye scene” that a lot of the people cannot watch. It is done nice and slow, almost where you can feel it. You will definitely blink a few times and even rub your eyes after witnessing it.
The film begins when a boat drifts into the New York Harbor and is investigated by two police officers. Upon searching, they encounter a zombie which manages to kill one of them, but is eventually killed by being shot in the head by the remaining officer. They find out that the boat belongs to a man conducting research on Matul, a Caribbean island. Tisa Farrows, who plays Anne Bowles, is the dauther of the missing father.
She soon meets up with a newspaper reporter, Peter West, played by Ian McCulloch, and they soon discover that her father is suffering from some type of odd illness on the island. They rent a boat and hire two guides, Brian Hull, played by Al Cliver, and his wife Susan Barrett, played by Auretta Gay, to take them to Matul.
Dr. David Menard, played by Richard Johnson, along with his wife Paola, played by Olga Karlatos, have been doing research on the reanimation of the corpses. Paolo insists on leaving the island due to the events unfolding, but is met with a stern “that’s not happening” by her husband. A make-shift hospital has been set up to attempt to heal and comfort those who have become infected. With no medication to do any good, every patient passes away and is buried by hospital staff.
I do not want to give away too many spoilers, however, I will delve a bit further. Paola is the poor soul who gets the splinter in the eye after a zombie decides to pay her a visit. Upon reaching the house, the main characters in the story, aside from the doctor, discover her body being consumed. The visuals in this movie are pretty good and for me, has a high “re-run” rate. Meaning, I have saw it several times and it never gets old.
If you are looking for a decent foreign zombie film, you cannot go wrong with this one. The ending leaves some to the imagination. Decent plot, nice gore, and of course…zombies!! Let me know what you think. What were your favorite parts of the film? Would you recommend it? Until next time friends, stay scary, stay safe!!!