Horror Club: Zombie (1979)
Lucio Fulci's 1979 film "Zombie" has become one of the most notorious, must-see movies for fans of horror. The film shocked the world upon its release for the gross and sick nature of its undead walkers, but that didn't stop Zombie from going on to literally rake money in. It is often revered by zombie and horror films as ahead of its time for its gore and special effects, which were impressively realistic compared to other horror films from around the same time. Zombie was originally titled "Zombi 2" since it was considered a sequel to a re-edited Dawn of the Dead release, but the name was later changed to just Zombie after its release. Zombie rightfully earns its spot as one of the best of the best, even after forty years of terrifying the world.
As an abandoned sailboat slowly drifts into the New York Harbor, harbor patrol officers board the vessel to find out if the boat is actually unmanned or if there is something fishy going on. It doesn't take long before one of the officers gets attacked by a zombie, and it sparks an investigation by federal agents into the details surrounding this mystery ship. The officers manage to trace the boat back to its owners daughter, Anne Bowles (played by Tisa Farrow) who tells them she hasn't heard from her father in over a month, since he sailed down to Matul, an island in the Caribbean. After linking up with journalist Peter West (played by Ian McCulloch), the duo manage to befriend and convince a young couple into dropping them off on Matul, but not after some hesitation and warning from the couple. They share with Anne and Peter that the locals to Matul say that the island is cursed, and that it is obviously very dangerous to go and wander the island because of voodoo. Meanwhile, back on Matul, the remaining doctor and his wife work diligently to figure out what the hell is going on with the locals. As corpses begin raising from the dead, Dr. Menard is forced to start shooting corpses to prevent them from coming back as zombies! Its utter fucking chaos on Matul, and Anne, Peter, and their new friends have just landed - just in time to be able to fight for their lives against the undead raising from their graves.
What makes Zombie so damn good to me is just how good everything looks for 1979: the zombies, the violence, the blood, even down to the shots of the zombies rising out of their graves look incredible. Combine that with a pretty decent storyline, very likable characters and of coarse the fucked up eye-socket scene (if you've seen the film, you know exactly what I'm talking about) and you're left with a movie that was destined for success. While some may try and argue that the movie is outdated, I dare them to rewatch Zombie in the dark all alone late at night, and you'll quickly remember just why this movie is so iconic and good. While it may not have been one of the first of its kind, with it, Fulci truly created some of the zombie genres most hideous, vile, and shotgun-worthy looking creatures we've ever seen; everything about Zombie screams terror. There's just enough story, gore, and action to make Zombie an edge of your seat thriller, even decades later. And the ending is, quite honestly, perfection; there was no other way to end this film than the way that they did. If you haven't seen this must-see classic of 1979, heed this warning: you have not felt the true fear of the undead until you have seen Zombie. Do whatever it is necessary for you to see this film - you'll thank me later.