As y'all who have followed my blog know, I've kinda had a hard time getting into Lucio Fulci's work. While I thought he had some decent stuff, the majority of his work came across as super-cheap gorefests with lots of cheap gore. I do still think he made some stinkers (Manhattan Baby), and some frustrating movies (I know I'm gonna dodge some projectiles for this one, but House by the Cemetery falls into this category for me).
I started to turn the corner when I decided to check out The New York Ripper. Yes, the subject matter isn't exactly uplifting or something you'd want to revisit on a constant basis (unless you hate women and their lady parts...in which case, go to therapy). But it was actually a well done little thriller.
Now comes Zombie. This is one of those movies where the video cover has beckoned me for as long as I remember. It had one of those big-ass cardboard boxes with that zombie with worms all over his right eye. One of those covers that made my sister cringe every time she swung by the horror section to see if I had (finally) made a decision.
I'm pretty sure I even had this one in my hand once or twice before switching to something else at the last minute. Wonder what I chose instead. Whatever.
Anyhow, onto today.
I had a free rental that was gonna expire if I didn't use it soon. So I swung by Blockbuster and picked up this bad boy. And a 1 liter of Coke. And a box of Starburst Sour Gummies...that I only had three of. Those things are nasty. Blech.
So. How'd it go?
I actually kinda liked it.
Zombie was an obvious attempt to cash in on Dawn of the Dead's success (Dawn was titled Zombi in Italy, so Lucio titled this one Zombi 2. Try doing that in America. I'd make millions with The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2. But the tweens would freak out when instead of sparkling, they'd explode in gushes of blood when in contact with the sun--and the female lead would actually be able to breathe with her damn mouth shut).
That said, it actually manages to hold its own. Sure, there are some dull spots here and there, but when Zombie hits, it hits HARD. Flesh-munching, gut chomping, splinter-in-the-eye, zombie vs. shark (Interrobang)...damn. And the climax is actually quite engaging, taking place in a medical cabin overrun by zombies.
One element I enjoyed was the score. The composers mixed African drums with a synth beat and managed to make it entrancing yet menacing all at the same time. Well done.
All in all, I actually liked the movie. Dunno how often I'll visit it, though. Next time probably won't be until it gets its eventual Blu Ray release.
Should be getting a couple more Nasties in my mailbox before long...I love renting by mail. Just wish they had The Beyond.
Yes, I actually want to see another Fulci movie...
Fulci Lives (?)!