Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010


I'm not a huge fan of zombie movies. I love Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, Dead Alive, 28 Days and 28 Weeks Later, but as far as horror genres go, zombies are further down the list. Given a choice between a bad '80's slasher movie and a bad zombie movie, usually I'd pick the former. Which isn't to say I don't like zombies at all. I just don't find them that scary since they don't really hunt so much as they just barrel forward and eat whatever they find that's in the way.

Lucio Fulci's Zombie is not a bad zombie movie. I probably still prefer Night and Dawn by Romero (I still haven't seen any of the further movies) but Zombie is pretty fucking kewl. The main problem with it is the dubbing. At times it looks like they're speaking English, but the sound didn't quite match, and sometimes it looked like they were speaking another language, but when I put on the Italian subtitles, it still didn't match. I gave up after about 30 minutes and eventually forgot about it, but it was distracting at times.

Anyway, the famous scene in this one is the splinter in the eye, which was pretty gross. I actually thought the scene with the zombies all eating the doctor's wife was grosser though. And the zombies in this movie were really, really gross looking. I mean, they always are in zombie movies, it's kind of the point, but these dudes looked so...I dunno, they looked like their flesh was rotting off the bones, which was how they should have looked since they had risen from the grave and all. They were just much nastier than the typical zombies I've seen in other movies.

I think my favorite sequence in the movie was the underwater zombie. The zombie vs. shark!! He was just tearing off chunks of shark and eating it! It was funny but not in a bad cheesy way, and I thought it was awesome. Plus, the chick who stripped down to a string bikini to go scuba diving was kind of hilarious. I mean, who takes off all their clothes and then puts on scuba gear on their bare flesh? Owch. I mean, if all they wanted to do was show off her tits, there certainly could've been some other way to do it.

Anyway, I gave this one 4 stars, which is pretty high praise since I don't generally seek out zombie movies. I definitely want to see more Fulci since I do loves me some creepy Italian shit.