Sunday, September 4, 2011

FILM FOCUS: ZOMBI 2


Release Date: 1979 (Italy); 1980 (United States)
Director: Lucio Fulci
Alternate Titles: Zombie, Island of the Living Dead, Zombie Island, Zombie Flesh Eaters, Woodoo


Synopsis:

-An abandoned yacht drifts into New York harbor setting off a chain of events that leads to the mysterious island of Matool where the dead have begun to walk the earth.


Opinion:

-This is, hands down, one of my five favorite horror films, and my second favorite Fulci film (The Beyond being the first). Fulci creates an atmosphere that is ominous and unsettling with some of the best looking zombies in the genre. It's also refreshing to have a film explore the voodoo origin of zombies instead of falling prey to the military experiment gone wrong or radiation from above pitfalls.

Outstanding Scenes:

-As with any film by Lucio Fulci, this movie is more a series of outstanding, genre defining scenes than a cohesive narrative. From the yacht drifting ominously into New York harbor, to the wind blown, dusty streets of Matool, to the ending shots of the Brooklyn Bridge, this film is a buffet of classic scenes.

Some of the highlights:

1. Zombie vs. shark
2. The ever popular "splinter through the eye" scene
3. The zombie buffet
4. The rising of the conquistador zombies (as showcased on most posters)
5. The ending scene with the zombies walking over the Brooklyn Bridge (one of the most powerful scenes in the film, in my opinion)



Rating:

5/5 (a BEYOND THE AGONY must see!)


Soundtrack:

-Fabio Frizzi offers one of the best scores to come out of the era, rivaled only by his soundtrack to The Beyond and Goblin's soundtrack to Suspiria. The soundtrack ranges from upbeat, island songs, to pounding voodoo drums, to classic, synth drenched soundscapes. The final track, Sequence 8, (also known as the "Zombie March") is, in my opinion, the greatest theme to come from a horror movie. Even topping John Carpenter's classic Halloween theme. The soundtrack is hard to find, but I highly recommend searching it out.

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