And today’s is Zombie Flesh Eaters, (AKA Zombi 2 and Zombie) directed by one of the greats of Italian gore – Lucio Fulci.
Let me start by saying once again those in
And even that one disc is fucked. Despite the box and on-line retailers proclaiming the film having a 5.1 soundtrack, there is no sign of it on the disc. A TOTALLY AWESOME 2.0 stereo!!! Oh yeah. Who needs 5.1? So we miss out on the second disc and the remastered soundtrack. But if you think that is the end of the fucking over by the dvd company you are sorely mistaken.
The box proclaims it to be a 2.35:1 aspect ratio and it is…. sort of. It is more of a 2.35:1 ratio inside a standard 4:3 picture. Yes it is fucked somehow (again completely unlike the glorious transfer on the
So my advice – DO NOT BUY THIS DISC IN
Ok. On to the film. This is a movie about zombies that eat flesh.
A small deserted boat is found in drifting into
With a title like Zombie Flesh Eaters (and knowing it is an Italian film) you basically watch it for two reasons – tits and gore.
And the only good thing I can say about this shitty disc, is the one truthful thing that the box says – this is an uncut version.
I remember seeing the Infinity Video version (once again kudos to the excellent Refused Classification site) many years ago and yeah – the censors butchered it. The big “controversy” about this film was the ‘splinter in the eye’ scene and this uncut scene is definitely not like I remember it. It is much, much better…..
The synthesised soundtrack is surprisingly effective giving many scenes are creepy surrealism (because let’s face it – does it get more creepily surreal than zombies arising from the grave because of voodoo?)
And speaking of the zombies, these zombies look awesome. They do look like they have been decaying underground for differing lengths of time, and the way they slowly crawl out of the ground is great. And the gore it pretty damn good as well. There is some superb make up work here and it is much better than your usual shitty Italian fare.
And that pretty much sums up my opinion of this film. Though there is only a flicker of plot/story and the characters are entirely forgettable, it has atmosphere – and that is something that is typically lacking from most Italian films (and most modern horror remakes).
If you like your gore gratuitous with wet and wild shark on zombie action, then you will enjoy Zombie Flesh Eaters.