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Zombie Flesh Eaters (DVD)
Member Name: Silent Bob
Zombie Flesh Eaters (DVD)
Date: 06/09/00, updated on 12/11/00 (256 review reads)
Advantages: Excellent music and gore
Disadvantages: No plot, No point
Directed by Lucio Fulci (An Italian director who has made only one good film - The Beyond) this is all out gore after a slow start. The film starts with some of the best music in an Italian horror film no tmade by Goblin, the keyboard playing in theopeneing tunes is execelent and returns to haunt you throughout the film (which is the only thing that does).
The film starts with a boat heading into the harbour, there seems to be no one aboard and when it just drifts in the police go to check it out. Two police men board and when they cant find anyone on deck one goes down to the cabin area. After searching around for a bit he finds a piece of meat of unknown origin covered in bugs and maggots. Suddenly a rather large man attacks him taking a large chunk out of his arm in the process. Hearing his screams the other police man sees the strange man appear on deck. He shhots him a bit before he falls into the water.
The boat is found to be owned by doctor who seems to have disappeared after gonig to do some work on an island, When a reporter and the doctors daughter meet both trying to get on the obat to investigate they decide to head to the island to find out what is going on. They hitch a ride with a couple of deep sea divers who are going in that direction.
The first thing you notice is that Fulci cant direct ans is nowhere near Dario Argento in terms of style. Argento uses colour through his films to great effect while Fulci uses gore to get him by. Made to cash in on the success of the first two of Romeros Dead trilogy (soon to become a four part series) it looks very cheap and as no plot compared to Dawn of the Dead which has a lot of depth in its characters. When they get to th
e island they discover the zombies are made from somekind of voodoo curse and that the doctor had been infected and hence terminated.
Dawn Of The Dead had covered new ground a few years before the release of Zombie Flesh Eaters, and had introduced a very graphic display of carnal horror. Fulci took this approach a few steps further with his films that were produced in Italy, completely detached from the American MPPA rating system that made and still makes American horror filmmakers’ lives quite hard. The filmcontains a number of the most memorable and gut-wrenching scenes of its time, earning both, the film and the director, immediate cult status among horror fans and critics. Most notable are certainly the underwater sequence in which a zombie fights a tiger shark, and the screen filling close-up scene when Olga Karlatos’ eye is pierced by a wooden splinter. Both scenes perfect examples of Fulci’s explicit visual style, that makes good use of extreme close-ups and very dynamic camera work. The scene is also an example for the top notch special effects displayed in the movie.
Fulci’s zombies are different from the zombies that graced the silver screen before. Unlike the undead bodies of Romero’s films, which were effectively and frighteningly staged actors with blue face paint and some gushing wounds, Fulci’s zombies resemble walking corpses more than anything else. Usually heavily decayed, unrecognizable creatures, these zombies represent horrors that don’t only come from beyond death, but also from beyond the graves. Every time they enter the screen you can almost smell the scent of their decay and rotten flesh.
The ending of this film is good and very bleak, the John Carpenter style music kicks in again and you never find out what becomes of the heros that survive. THe two set off from the island on the boat with their friend who is turning into a zombie, they take him as an example of what ha
s happened on the island so people believe them. They have hope and are pleased they survived, they turn on the raido to hear reports that the whole of New York has been taken over just has the friend locked below has changed and is banging on the door to get out. The films final scenes than cut to New York and we see Zombies walking around and finally over the bridge.....then that music again.
The scene in which the eye is stabbed is cut further when the zombies feast on her dead body. The original UK video release of Zombie Flesh Eaters was the uncut version , but fell foul of the Obscene Publications Act, and was prosecuted as a "video nasty".
Fulci died a couple of years ago and Anchor Bay are releasing all his films on DVD but dont buy the version currently available by them as its crap, a new special edition is to be released early next year.