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Zombi 2 (1979) 1 brain1 brain1 brain
(Italy)

Alternate Titles:

Island of the Flesh-Eaters
Island of the Living Dead
Ultimi Zombi, Gli
Zombie
Zombie 2: The Dead Are Among Us
Zombie Flesh-Eaters


This film was called Zombi 2 because it was marketed in Italy as a sequel to Romero's Dawn of the Dead, which was released there as Zombi. This film has a lot of titles, but the one that's most common in the US is just Zombie. Zombi 2 was directed by Fulci, and really has no relation to Romero's films. It was, however, one of the better Fulci films that I've seen, and I would recommend it to any zombie film fan.

The story starts with a boat floating in New York Harbor with a zombie on board. The boat is owned by a doctor who disappeared in the Caribbean several months before, and his daughter (Tisa Farrow) and a reporter (Ian McCulloch) end up going back to the Caribbean to try to track him down. They hitch a boat ride from a vacationing couple (played by Al Cliver and Auretta Gay). When the four of them reach the island where the doctor was last known to have been, they are set upon by our beloved undead friends.

Usually when I watch a Fulci film, I find that he focuses too much on gore and atmosphere rather than plot, making for a slow-paced, sometimes tedious, series of scenes that usually involve intestines in one way or another. Not the case here. In this film, Fulci combines an engaging plot with his usual inventive gore, creating a much more interesting movie. One of my favorite scenes is of a fight between a zombie and a shark. (I won't tell you who won.) The acting is decent, and the characters avoid doing stupid things that make you yell at the screen. If you liked Fulci's other films, then you should definitely see this one.