Zombi 2

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Overview

This audaciously disgusting spectacle from the late master of gruesome horror, Lucio Fulci, was posited as a semi-sequel to George Romero's Dawn of the Dead, which was released in Italy as Zombi. Tisa Farrow and a group of vacationing tourists travel to an island where they find a doctor (Richard Johnson) who is attempting to cure a condition that reanimates the dead. Things quickly get out of control as undead Spanish conquistadors crawl from their graves hungry for human flesh. The nauseatingly graphic ...
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Overview

This audaciously disgusting spectacle from the late master of gruesome horror, Lucio Fulci, was posited as a semi-sequel to George Romero's Dawn of the Dead, which was released in Italy as Zombi. Tisa Farrow and a group of vacationing tourists travel to an island where they find a doctor (Richard Johnson) who is attempting to cure a condition that reanimates the dead. Things quickly get out of control as undead Spanish conquistadors crawl from their graves hungry for human flesh. The nauseatingly graphic set-pieces by Gianetto de Rossi include a close-up of a woman's eye being pierced by a large shard of wood and a zombie fighting a Great White shark underwater. This relatively well-made shocker was enormously popular worldwide and led to the zombie-gore film becoming the dominant motif of 1980s Italian horror.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with star Ian McCulloch and Diabolik Magazine editor Jason J. Slater; Theatrical trailers [HD]; TV spots; Radio spots; Poster & still gallery [HD]; Guillermo del Toro intro [HD]
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
The Italian film industry has a long history of making cheap, somewhat rushed knockoffs and sequels to popular import hits (see Alien Contamination and Troll 2), and though this stylish and gore-drenched effort from legendary Italian director Lucio Fulci is indeed intended as something of an unofficial sequel to American director George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (released overseas as Zombi), Fulci's film has gone on to become something of a classic in its own right. Though Zombi 2 bears little resemblance to Romero's satirical horror classic in terms of tone or pacing, the one element that the two films do have in common is a tremendous amount of unflinchingly graphic violence. Lensed by longtime Fulci collaborator Sergio Salvati (who had previously performed DP duties on both The Psychic and Four of the Apocalypse and went on to photograph The Gates of Hell and The Beyond, among many others), the film certainly benefits from the talented cinematographer's masterful use of the widescreen landscape; however, the main attraction here is without question the at-times unbelievable zombie mayhem -- which Fulci gleefully delivers in spades. In addition to the oft-discussed splinter-through-the-eye scene that will have sensitive viewers squirming as they rush to cover their own optic orbs, an underwater battle between a zombie and a shark (using a real shark and a stuntman in zombie makeup!) simply has to be seen to be believed. Frequent musical collaborator Fabio Frizzi's droning, dread-inducing score offers the ideal compliment to the slow-burning horror unfolding onscreen, offering the pitch-perfect punctuation without being overly intrusive and providing an appropriately desperate tone for the final showdown. Without question a must-see for horror fans in general and zombie lovers in particular, Zombi 2 remains a key entry into the genre. It also marked the beginning of a notable period in director Fulci's career that included such stylish splatter classics as The Gates of Hell and The Beyond.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2012
  • UPC: 827058704199
  • Original Release: 1979
  • Rating:

  • Source: Blue Underground
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 3,396

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tisa Farrow Ann Bowles
Ian McCullough Peter West
Richard Johnson Dr. Menard
Al Cliver Brian Hull
Auretta Gay Susan Barrett
Olga Karlatos Mrs. Menard
Stefania D'Amario Nurse
Ugo Bologna
Technical Credits
Lucio Fulci Director
Elisa Briganti Original Story, Screenwriter
Giovanni Corridori Special Effects
Gianfranco Couyoumdjian Associate Producer
Fabrizio de Angelis Producer
Giannetto De Rossi Makeup Special Effects, Special Effects
Fabio Frizzi Score Composer
Walter Patriarca Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
Dardano Sacchetti Screenwriter
Sergio Salvati Cinematographer
Vincenzo Tomassi Editor
Maurizio Trani Makeup
Ugo Tucci Producer
Giorgio Tucci Score Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dawn's Italian Sequel

    How could they have marketed this movie as the sequel to Zombi (Dawn of the Dead)? In Romero's Dawn, it was established that the dead walk and eat the living. This 'sequel' rewrites Romero's movie and slides a cheesy voodoo subtext in to explain why the dead rise. All in all, it wasn't a terrible movie. Some of the gore was good and I loved the soundtrack. It's just that the movie makes a stupid sequel. The DVD is sorta craptacular, too. The picture is rough and grainy. The extras range from a couple of interesting trailors to a banal commentary track by one of the movies stars. Lame.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Zombi 2

    If you like italian zombie movies, this is for you. A horror collector's must have. The acting is pure cheese, but the Locations, direction, and gore are great !!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Movie to remember

    Definately a movie for a fan of pure horror and gore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Zombi 2

    One of the great Zombie Movies. Not as good as Dawn of the Dead, but still possessing a rustic Charm of its own. The effects are great, Gory as only Fulci could be. Forget about the acting, the cast in this are only food for the Zombies. If you liked this, then get The Beyond also by Fulci.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Zombie...

    I had really high expectations from this movie, reading that it was the best zombie movie after the original Night of the Living Dead (which is, in my opinion, the pinnacle of zombie movies). I got this DVD and watched it with my brother, and I spent nearly all the movie laughing at the absurdity of it. I won't go into detail about the blood looking like paint, or the horrible translation, or the ear-shattering sound effects. The movie in itself is good, with some gory scenes (the one in the house with the zombies eating the woman was great!), and some ridiculous ones (the shark scene...that poor shark was drugged!) The DVD looks really grainy at times, and some subtitles wouldn't hurt, either. Is it the best zombie/gore movie out there? No. Is it a definite must-have in any horror collection? Maybe. The good of the movie? The zombie makeups. There's a good scene where worm-eye zombie gets his head squashed. It looks so real! Besides, the movie is watchable and entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a and only brutal movie

    it was the first zombie movie for me, and the best one I've seen ,but crapy acting...

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