Likely Lucio Fulci’s most popular film, and one of the greatest zombie films of all time, is Zombie. It was released by the studio as an unofficial sequel to George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (which in Italy was titled Zombi) under the original Italian title Zombi 2. Most fans of the film know that fact, but for anyone who is or was confused: yes they are both the same movie, and no Fulci did not intend it as a sequel to anything. The plot centers on a scientist’s studies in a new epidemic that has spread on an island in the Antilles. The scientist’s daughter meets up with a reporter during her travels to gather information about her father’s work. And the rest is zombie history.
Allow me to be upfront about something: this is one of my favorite films of all time. The zombie makeup and gore effects are truly revolutionary and from this film alone it is no wonder that Lucio Fulci gained the title of the Italian ‘Godfather of Gore’. Several scenes throughout the movie have become gorehound staples and are held at the very core of cult horror. One such example is the infamous ‘eye’ scene. And another, which is pictured here, is that of a zombie fighting a shark.