Despite some great locations, nice cinematography, and plenty of effort put into the zombie costumes and gore effects, Fulci's film is a bit soporific. While there is no shortage of zombies or flesh-eating, most of the action is repetitive, unchoreographed and stilted. There's certainly not much tension. The acting is zombie-like, but unfortunately it's by the actors who are portraying humans. The underwater shark vs zombie fight is a highlight. A pity because this film had huge potential.
well, for the most part this is just a cheap cash-in on the zombie craze of the time, jam packed with weak characters and cliches, but you have to give it points just for audacity. the zombie vs shark scene is pretty amazing, and there are a few other impressive moments throughout. wouldn't call it essential though.
The only reason to see this is for the gore content, but I still wish they didn't ZOOM IN to every single gore effect: which was incredibly irritating and took away from the outstanding effects. Of course the "eyeball" and "shark" sequences were standouts, but that's really it. Surprisingly boring for gore horror which never amounts to the sum of its parts.
This is my favorite zombie movie. The zombie effects are fantastic, the story is (relatively) unique, and the acting actually doesn't make me cringe. But more importantly, the movie is just so much fun. Fulci may not be a great director, but here he was able to do what most makers of zombie films failed to do: he made a zombie movie that felt original. Along with Romero's films, Zombi 2 is one of the most often imitated.
The most popular of Fulci's barf-bag epics, this _Dawn of the Dead_ cash-in (originally titled _Zombie 2_ so as to appear to be a sequel to _Dawn_, which was released in Europe as _Zombie_) just may be the ultimate Neapolitan living dead gross-out of them all. With mounds o' maggots, ruptured arteries spewing like out-of-control firehoses, and one unforgettable shot of Karlatos's bulging eye pierced by an enormous shard of wood, this is definitely not recommended to those who like _Free Willy_
Perhaps one of the all-out descriptively violent, carnage, vicious, butchering, savage and completely chaotic film I've ever seen. Lucio Fulci, Italian horror vet has swept everybody off there feet with goregous surroundings in the tropical enviroment, gross-out kills and of course, a zombie-eating shark infested in the deep blue sea. Not fantastic, but definetly worth a long watch, if you can handle it.
The gore and effects are top notch. Not sure how they did the shark vs. zombie scene without getting killed. Setting the film on an island made it feel fresh, when it was just another zombie gorefest. Overall I really enjoyed it, definitely gotta find the time to watch it with a group of friends.
Fulci was undeniably the master of gore, but I've yet to see a film of his that holds my attention between the awe inspiring deaths. This is probably his best though. The splinter scene is up there with the purge from "City of the Living Dead" for best on-screen death.
In this day and age where a zombie movie is a dime a dozen, having the title "Zombie" alone proves you're a classic amongst classics. Lots of technicolor gore and infected natives makes for a good time, and the shark scene is something that has to be seen to be believed. Unfortunately, all the stuff in-between is about as exciting as cheese between grandpa's toes...except that your grandpa is a better actor than anyone in this movie. Except the shark.