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Zombie (1979)

Zombi 2 (original title)
R | | Horror | 18 July 1980 (USA)
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Peter West (as Ian Mc Culloch)
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Susan Barrett
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Nurse Clara - Menard's Assistant
Olga Karlatos ...
Mrs. Menard
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A zombie is found aboard a boat off the New York coast which belongs to do a famous scientist. Peter West, a journalist, travels to the Antilles with Ann, the daughter of the scientist. On the way, they meet with with Brian, a ethnologist, and Susan. When they arrive at Matul Island, they find Dr. Menard, and discover a terrifying disease which is turning the islanders into horrifying zombies which devour human flesh and seem indestructible.... Written by Si Elliott <se1@ukc.ac.uk>

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If you loved 'Dawn of the Dead', you'll just eat up 'Zombie'! See more »

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Rated R for horror violence/gore and nudity | See all certifications »

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ITL 410,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

When the final scene of the zombies walking across the Brooklyn Bridge was filmed, it was cold drizzling rain that day and the extras playing the zombies had to keep themselves from shivering. Also, the fake blood had some ammonia in it to stop it from changing color. When it dripped into the actors mouths, they would spit it out when the cameras stopped rolling. All of the extras playing zombies in the New York scenes were paid $40 per day in two $20 banknotes which had a single staple through them so as not to overpay anyone. The director Lucio Fulci, spoke very little English, his only direction for the zombie extras had was "like... ah... this!" See more »

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After Brian has killed the zombie that has killed he has a small drop of blood on the right armpit of his shirt. When he arrives at the hospital, his shirt has been doused with blood. After dispatching the first zombie, his shirt has a lot less blood splatter on it. See more »

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Dr. Menard: The boat can leave now. Tell the crew.
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Weak story-line, but superior Zombie action.
23 January 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Zombie Flesh-Eaters' is the movie that put Lucio Fulci on the map, after a career of over twenty years. Initially presented as a sequel to Romero's (superior) 'Dawn Of The Dead' there is actually no connection between the two, and is best regarded as a stand alone horror movie. Unfortunately I watched the Australian cut from several years back which is missing a lot of the most explicit violence and gore, but even so I recommend this for lovers of Zombie movies.

The plot here is pretty simplistic, the acting variable but usually above average (including a few familiar horror veterans and Tisa Farrow of 'Fingers'), but after a fairly dull first half hour it picks up the pace. Fulci and his special effects crew must be congratulated for creating such realistic and repulsive looking zombies on such a low budget. They really are something to see, and arguably better than Romero's. And 'Zombie Flesh-Eaters' features an extraordinary sequence involving an underwater zombie/shark fight, which must be one of the highlights of any zombie movie, Romero or otherwise. Fulci went on to more spectacular and original movies ('The Beyond' is highly recommended), but this is still a very credible effort, and essential viewing for horror fans.


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