i don't remember when i first learned about lucio fulci's zombie. it was probably when i started working at borders in college, 17 years ago. it sounded legendary and no one had a copy. seventeen years is a long time to have a movie on your must see list. i finally saw it tonight and i have to say, zombie did not disappoint.
a zombie is found aboard a seemingly abandoned boat in the hudson river. when the authorities climb aboard to investigate, one officer is attacked by the zombie. peter west, a journalist on the case, travels to the antilles with ann, daughter of the abandoned boat's owner. once there, they meet brian and susan, who reluctantly agree to take them to matul island, where ann's father had last travelled. when they arrive at matul, they find dr. menard and discover a terrifying diease which is killing all the islanders and causing them to rise again, as flesh eating monsters.
seems like standard zombie movie fare, yes, but this was far from standard. a zombie wrestles a shark in zombie. A ZOMBIE WRESTLES A SHARK. and it is as awesome as you think it would be. i knew about that scene before i saw the movie. i wasn't really prepared for the awesomeness that followed. bad makeup and special effects, some whack dubbing and a zombie walk across the brooklyn bridge all come together to make this my new favorite movie. NO. JOKE.
zombie is in a handful of movie theaters now, screening before its released on dvd. if you can, you should go. i think everyone at the theater i saw it at would agree it was the most fun they'd had at a horror movie in a long, long time.