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ZOMBIE - 4 Slimes
Not Rated
Copyright 1979 Variety Film
Reviewed by Max Gardner on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Peter - British newspaper reporter, kind of a loser.
  • Anne - Daughter of Dr. Maynard's former research partner, searching for her father.
  • Dr. Maynard - Dr. Butcher M.D. himself, Richard Johnson! A mad scientist researching zombies. Gets his cheek bitten off and dies.
  • Brian - Man going on a cruise with his wife. Gets bitten by her after she turns into a zombie; he dies.
  • Susan - Brian's wife. Gets her throat torn out.
  • Mrs. Maynard - Dr. Maynard's wife, obviously. Impaled on a splinter.
  • Lucas and Anna - Dr. Maynard's assistants. Lucas turns into a zombie and kills Anna.

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The Plot: 

Here we have an unofficial Italian prequel to George Romero's Dawn of the Dead (possibly the greatest zombie movie ever made), and it's damn funny. Anne and Peter hitch a ride with Brian and Susan and make their way to Matul, a remote island on which Dr. Maynard has isolated himself to research the zombies that have been popping up all over the island. Needless to say, the zombie population abruptly explodes and all hell breaks loose. Throats are gnawed, eyes are gouged, heads explode. One of the more amusing scenes in this film is an underwater fight between a zombie and a shark. There are also quite a few gratuitous bare breasts, though none worth writing home about. Unlike Romero, director Lucio Fulci doesn't include a shred of social commentary.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Worms are attracted to pianos.
  • 400-year-old Spanish Conquistadors are fully capable of motor function.
  • Zombies have their own theme music.
  • Cheeks are vital organs.
  • Breasts shrink underwater.
  • Hunting rifles are standard issue on yachts.
  • Rubbing coral on a zombie's face underwater makes a sound like a hacksaw cutting a 2x4.
  • Goats will survive the zombie apocalypse.
  • Watch out for jaywalking zombies, they can mess up your jeep's radiator.
  • All hired help is Hispanic, even on an island in the middle of nowhere.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 1 min - This music is oddly catchy.
  • 7 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST THE COAST GUARD!
  • 8 mins - Make that damn noise stop!
  • 20 mins - An abstract airport?
  • 24 mins - Kick ass, it's Dr. Butcher M.D.!
  • 32 mins - RANDOM GRATUITOUS BREAST SHOT!
  • 36 mins - Oh, what I wouldn't give to be that zombie...
  • 37 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A SHARK!
  • 40 mins - Argh, the noise is back! Make it go away!
  • 41 mins - RANDOM GRATUITOUS BREAST SHOT!
  • 46 mins - OUCH! (splinter through the eye, into the brain)
  • 47 mins - No, the noise!
  • 63 mins - Good thing there were some pinking shears hanging on the wall there.
  • 71 mins - Throat-ripping in slow-motion.
  • 75 mins - That's a damn goofy-looking zombie.
  • 81 mins - Oh my God, they killed Lucas!

Quotes: 

  • Susan: "There was a man down there!"
    Peter: "What?!"
    Susan: "There was a man!"
    Peter: "A man?!"
  • Lucas: "It's the ju-ju man!"
  • Lucas: "Who is it? The devil?"
    Anna: "We'll know soon enough. Come on, let's get this over with."
  • Dr. Maynard: "He felt that he could somehow become a guinea pig, so that he could help to discover what was causing these horrors that were destroying our island, turning it into a wasteland of terror!"
  • Lucas: "The father of my father always say, when the earth spit up the dead, they will come back to suck the blood from the living."
  • Radio Newscaster: "The zombies are everywhere, there seems to be no stopping them, the city is at their mercy!"

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note zombie1.wav Coroner1: "Have you, have you already examined him?"
Coroner2: "Yeah, I made one or two notes. In my opinion, death of the poor bastard was caused by massive hemorrhaging."
Green Music Note zombie2.wav Brian: "That's not a cool place to hit, the natives claim it's cursed, avoid it like the plague."
Peter: "We have to go there, all the same."
Green Music Note zombie3.wav Mrs. Maynard: "I'm going to tell everyone that you're the one who's crazy!"
Green Music Note zombie4.wav Susan: "The driveshaft's cracked, it must have been the shark when he hit us!"
Green Music Note zombie5.wav Dr. Maynard: "As a man of science, I don't believe in voodooism."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Comments:Write CommentPages: 1 2 [3]
Re: Zombie
Reply #17. Posted on August 24, 2007, 01:13:52 PM by radioman970
Best looking Zombies ever, IMHO. 
Re: Zombie
Reply #18. Posted on August 25, 2007, 03:20:26 PM by wtffilm
Good movie, wrong title. The movie is called zombie 2 AKA zombie flesh eaters, not zombie.


Incorrect.  Zombie is the official international (re: English language) release title for the film.  It was re-christened Zombie Fleasheaters by distributors in the UK (who likewise re-christened Zombi 3 as Zombie Flesheaters 2 for its video release there).  Zombi 2 was the title in Italy alone in response to the previous years' Dawn of the Dead being released there as Zombi.  Referencing this film as Zombi 2 outside of Italy would have made little sense since, in other countries, there would have been no Zombi to preceed it.

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Kevin P.
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Re: Zombie
Reply #19. Posted on July 06, 2008, 02:24:07 PM by vdantev
ICK!! Splinter through the eyeball in slow motion no less, gets me every time. what a great yet horribly violent movie.
Re: Zombie
Reply #20. Posted on July 14, 2008, 07:16:38 AM by VogNhymn
Love this film. I love Lucio Fulci.  I love Fabio Frizzi's musical scores! One of my all time favorite zombie flicks!
Re: Zombie
Reply #21. Posted on June 29, 2009, 03:11:14 AM by drunkenbubba
I love Romero and think that Dawn is a superior film, but Zombie had much better makeup, and the zombies gave more of a feeling of dread than Romero's did. Plus the zombie vs shark scene still really hasn't been topped yet.
Re: Zombie
Reply #22. Posted on October 28, 2013, 10:19:30 PM by zelmo73
My dad took me to see this at the drive-in theater back in 1980 when I was 6 years old. Yes, it was called Zombie here in the United States. It was called Zombie when we rented it on video 3 years later. Netflix gave us the international movie treatment when I saw it again in 2010 as Zombi 2.

The English dubbing is pretty bad; we're talking Hong Kong chop-socky movie dubbing material. But otherwise, the film quality is superb, especially the zombie vs. shark scene. I've read that they had to make sure that the shark was full and slightly tranquilized before the shoot, and that the zombie was actually the shark's real-life trainer!

I too, thought that the make-up for the zombies in this movie were superior to the ones in Dawn of the Dead (1978), and even in the 2004 remake. They looked like actual decomposed corpses brought back to life, as opposed to just some goofy bit actors in blue make-up. The female head prop for the wood-splinter-in-the-eye scene did look rather fake though, but what was left to the imagination was still pretty grotesque. And althought the movie had many slow moments, the overall pace of the film was adequate, especially the "first contact" scene on the boat in the New York City harbor where we got a ripped jugular death within the first five minutes of the movie. Not bad!  hot


I do recommend this movie for any horror film buff's movie collection, and especially for a fan of zombie movies!
Re: Zombie
Reply #23. Posted on November 04, 2013, 11:16:32 AM by Umaril Has Returned
My dad took me to see this at the drive-in theater back in 1980 when I was 6 years old. Yes, it was called Zombie here in the United States. It was called Zombie when we rented it on video 3 years later. Netflix gave us the international movie treatment when I saw it again in 2010 as Zombi 2.

Holy cow, Batman. You were 6 when you got to see this one? I was 16 (just barely under the age of for NC-17, but we knew the people who owned the theatre.  My mom took my cousin and I, and my mom had never seen anything like it before, and she was so nervus she ripped thru an entire bag of Reese's Peanut Butter cups!  My cousin and I, at the time, were somewhat experienced in gore from the advent of Fangoria magazine and Romero's Dawn Of The Dead and we were like, 'Cool!'  BounceGiggle

The The film quality is superb, especially the zombie vs. shark scene. I've read that they had to make sure that the shark was full and slightly tranquilized before the shoot, and that the zombie was actually the shark's real-life trainer!

Well, Jackie Chan was too busy falling off of buildings and getting banged up in so many other ways that they had  to get someone else to do it. I admit too that the film quality is superb, when you consider seeing Olga Karlatos nude and a topless Auretta Gay  hot

I too, thought that the make-up for the zombies in this movie were superior to the ones in Dawn of the Dead (1978), and even in the 2004 remake. They looked like actual decomposed corpses brought back to life, as opposed to just some goofy bit actors in blue make-up. The female head prop for the wood-splinter-in-the-eye scene did look rather fake though, but what was left to the imagination was still pretty grotesque. And althought the movie had many slow moments, the overall pace of the film was adequate, especially the "first contact" scene on the boat in the New York City harbor where we got a ripped jugular death within the first five minutes of the movie. Not bad!  hot

Fulci's makeup man, Gianetto Di Rossi, had a way of making Italian zombies really look dead. There's something quite disturbing about them, as if they were twisted puppets held up by some unknown plane of force. The 25th Anniv. Shriek Show DVD explains the eye-splinter scene in full detail, and does so in English as well.

The original Dawn Of The Dead was a better story while Zombi 2 was more a masterpiece of gore and a lesson about how to make truly gruesome effects w\o a budget. and like you, I too recommend this one for anyone's collection.  Good review!  Cheers



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