ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS
Lucio Fulci clearly sets out to imitate the smorgasbord of gory dispatches that George Romero offered up in Dawn of the Dead. Some of these are fairly way out the most notable being an underwater confrontation between zombie and shark with the zombie finally tearing the shark apart with its teeth. There is an attack on a woman by a zombie, ending in the almost unwatchably nasty scene of her eye being impaled on a shard of wood. The film builds to an impressively all-out splatter climax with the humans on the island defending themselves against the zombie onslaught. The film certainly does not hold back on gore in fact, it is its raison detre. Outside of the various gore scenes however, there is not much to the film. Zombie Flesh Eaters exists in various cut and uncut international versions the cut ones eliminate any reason that anyone might want to see it. The crucial difference between George Romero and Lucio Fulci is that Romeros films have a whole other dimension, they are apocalyptic horror films with a dark and biting social commentary. Lucio Fulcis films begin and end with novelty gore when Fulci has a Romero-esque apocalyptic ending here, there is nothing bleakly disturbing to it like there was at the end of Night of the Living Dead (1968), it is merely a surprise twist ending.
There are occasional moments the opening is an eerie scene right out of Nosferatu (1922) with an empty yacht entering New York as a harbinger of doom. The zombie makeups are particularly gruesome unlike Romeros zombies, these zombies are rotting and oozing pus. The cast, including Mia Farrows sister Tisa, is unmemorable and the dubbing is sometimes several seconds out of synch.
Lucio Fulcis other genre films are: Perversion Story (1969), Lizard in a Womans Skin (1971), Dont Torture the Duckling (1972), Dracula in the Provinces (1975), The Psychic (1977), City of the Living Dead/Gates of Hell (1980), The Beyond/The Seven Doors to Death (1981), The Black Cat (1981), The House By the Cemetery (1981), The New York Ripper (1981), Manhattan Baby/Eye of the Evil Dead/The Possessed (1982), Conquest (1983), Rome 2072 A.D. (1983), Murderock (1984), The Devils Honey/Dangerous Obsession (1986), Aenigma (1987), Touch of Death/When Alice Broke the Mirror (1988), Zombi 3 (1988), Demonia (1990), Nightmare Concert (1990), Voices from Beyond (1991) and Door to Silence (1992).