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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.
  • 8 mins - Make that damn noise stop!
  • 20 mins - An abstract airport?
  • 24 mins - Kick ass, it's Dr. Butcher M.D.!
  • 36 mins - Oh, what I wouldn't give to be that zombie...
  • 40 mins - Argh, the noise is back! Make it go away!
  • 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!


  • 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 

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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Reply #9. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Rosario Salotto
I own all three of George A. Romero's Zombie movies, and they were great.  I have seen Lucio Fulci's "Zombie" a number of times, and it is a good horrow movie.  I especially enjoyed Susan (Auretta Gay), and Mrs. Menard (Olga Karlatos) getting naked in that movie.  I was a little upset when Susan got killed, but I also did not think they had to kill off Brian (Al Cliver) as well.  I predicted Dr. Menard's (Richard Johnson) death right from the start, because you had to know that he wasn't going to make it.  I think that the one major disapointment is the fact that you never know what happened to Ann (Tisa Farrow) and Peter West (Ian McCulloch) after they locked Brian in the bilge.  You never find out if Brian broke out of the bilge and killed them.  I think it's like that with a lot of zombie movies.
Reply #10. Posted on December 08, 2002, 10:24:27 AM by serge wohlgensinger
I love that movie;and I am still scared a little bit by watching it.Because it HAS its scary moments;perhaps Olga beeing alone before the splinnter-scene.Or the most scary shot;the zombie walking alone on the empty street.The Synth-Score gives me the creeps since i first heard it;so simple and effective.The sadest thing about it:the times of that kind of movies has definitly gone.All the new digital bulls**t fast edited movies dont have any moods.who will watch Resident evil in 20 years? Call me nostalgic...
Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Riff
This movie is my favorit zombie movie, no question! The special effects are great, the theme song kicked ass, and it scared me!

This movie has a place in my top 10 favorits!
Reply #12. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Robin
There was a sequel to this movie, called - logically - ZOMBIE 2.  It expanded on the underwater zombie v.s. the shark scene.

If you're a real ZOMBIE fanatic, a Rolling Stone contributing editor named Tim Cahill actually interviewed the shark handler for ZOMBIE 2; the interview was entitled "The Underwater Zombie" and it's included in a collection of Cahill's columns called Jaguars Ripped My Flesh.  Pretty funny.
Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Matt Barlett~~HOLLAND
This is what we call ranzig (tasty)!!
Especially the eyeball scene!

Itsa nice!!!! :):):):)

Jammer dat zulke films niet vaak in de bios komen :(
Maar jha, je kunt niet alles hebben, dus als je maar lol hebt.

Hè nederlanders?!!!

Holland rulezz!!
Haha, most of you can't read it, but the people who can will agree!! Stuur een mailtje als je wat wilt lullen over films!!
Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by James Perry
I read so much about these Fulci flicks I picked up three DVDs - Zombie, City of the Living Dead, The Beyond - and watched them earlier this month.  

Zombie:  Great zombies (shark scene was very cool...tits and etc) but the film doesn't have the constant urgency of Romero's flicks.  Fulci seems to replace this with high-level gore.  But I wasn't disappointed in the film and had a lot of anticipation for City of the Living Dead.  

City of the Living Dead:  Imagine my disappointment.  Gut puking?  That's a new one.  Gross does not equal scary in my book.  First time in a looooong time stomach was a little turned over.  But I finished watching.  I think my mood wasn't right for this.  I'll try again one day...hell, I own it now!  

The Beyond:  'scuse my while I put my hands in front of my eyes like a girl!  Lol  Several scenes here do that.  But you must watch this just to see the toy spiders destroy a librarian's face (for every fine you've had to pay)!  Funny as hell!

Fulci like his bugs!  But I can't help feeling I wasted my money on these.  Rent first!
Reply #15. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by LatinoMovieFan
Reply #16. Posted on February 02, 2005, 05:35:53 AM by Borkelaer
Good movie, wrong title. The movie is called zombie 2 AKA zombie flesh eaters, not zombie.
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