Zombie (aka Zombi 2)

An opening shot of a man shooting a gun at what appears to be a body tied up in a canvas bag and a single line of dialog – “The boat can leave now, tell the crew”  is the only clue Lucio Fulci provides you before the title of Zombie.  Next we know, that boat is sailing aimlessly into the New York harbor, where some Coast Guard officers find what’s left of the crew – a lone decaying zombie – and it’s got a hankerin’ for some fresh flesh.

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Trailer Tuesday: Zombi 2

This week, we take a look at the trailer for Lucio Fulci’s Zombi 2

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While this movie is known in the states as “Zombie”, the Italian title is Zombi 2 (the original “Zombi”  is actually George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead – go figure).  In this film, a mysterious boat floats into the New York Harbor.  The harbor patrol believes the boat to abandoned, but there’s actually a zombie aboard who attacks the the patrolmen.  This leads to an investigation to figure out where the boat and the zombie came from.

We’ll be taking a look at Zombi 2 and it’s sequels, of which there are 3, in the coming weeks so stay tuned for our reviews.

Land of the Dead

In this installment of the Zombie films, zombies have taken over most of the world and the number of living humans is dwindling. Society has adapted to this change and a great number of people reside in Fiddler’s Green one of the few remaining cities not populated by zombies. Kaufman (Dennis Hopper) the founder of this great city has separated the people into two classes. The upper class living fancy lives, and the lower class left to fend for themselves on the streets. Supplies are brought into the town by a team of mercenaries lead by Riley (Simon Baker) and Cholo (John Leguizamo). Cholo does all of Kaufman’s dirty work in hopes to gain a nice home in Fiddler’s Green, but Kaufman decides to have him killed of instead. Severely pissed off from being double crossed Cholo steals the Dead Reckoning – a seriously modified truck armed to the gills, and threatens to blow up the city. Since Riley designed the Dead Reckoning, Kaufman recruits him to get it back. Meanwhile the zombies decide to attack the city and they have learned to use various tools along the way. Will Riley get the Dead Reckoning back in time to save Fiddler’s Green, or will Cholo blow the city to hell and let the zombies devour the citizens of Fiddler’s green?

Written and directed by: George A. Romero

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Day of the Dead (1985)

Ever since I saw my first zombie film, I was intrigued.  I remember starting chronologically through the “Dead” series, starting with Night, moving on to Dawn and then to Day of the Dead.  When I first saw them, they always scared me.  It was the type of fear that made me check behind the shower curtain when I took a shit, look under my bed before I went to sleep, and look over my shoulder whenever I walked through my neighborhood in the dark.  After I got over that initial fright (not so initial, as it stuck with me for years), I started to watch these films with a lot more appreciation.  I could eventually see past the horror of it all and focus in on the social dynamics and commentary of each film.  So with that being said, in continuation of Zombie Week 2008, today I’ll be reviewing George A. Romero‘s 1985 follow up to Dawn of the Dead – Day of the Dead.

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