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“What is all this about the dead coming back to life again and… having to be killed a second time? I mean, what the hell’s going on here?” Peter West (Ian McCulloch) tries to make sense of the dead rising from their graves to eat the living in Zombie (1979). Doc Rotten returns and he brings Lucio Fulci to the 1970s podcast for the very first time. Jeff Mohr, Chad Hunt, and Bill Mulligan are on hand to discuss the highlights, the effects, the living dead, Italian horror, and Fulci’s dreamlike plot structure. Oh, yeah, and a zombie versus a shark! What else do you need?

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 62 – Zombie (1979)

When George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (1978) was released overseas, it was often known as Zombi. In Italy, Fulci’s zombie epic was titled Zombi 2 without his knowledge or consent. His film is not a direct sequel to Dawn or any other living dead film. In fact, given the story, it would be more a prequel to the 1978 classic. When the film did cross the seas to play in the States, it kept the general idea of its moniker and became Zombie (1979). The film begins and ends in New York City but takes place mostly on a remote island with its lead characters looking for lost relatives, encountering the living dead and fighting for the lives.

“We are going to eat you!” – the poster tagline grabs its audience from the very get-go.

The Grue-crew explore the film, tackling Fulci’s filming techniques, the acting, the dubbing, the gore, and so much more. The film is iconic with its scenes of zombie horror. If not the underwater zombie-vs-shark scene, then the Spanish Conquistadors rising from the grave to attack our heroes, including the famous zombie with the worms swarming out if its eye socket. Fulci also seems to have a fetish for eyes as the scene with the splinter is intense even today. The gore is plentiful and the final battle in the church turned hospital is non-stop white-knuckle intense. Bill Mulligan even starts off the podcast by suggesting that Fulci’s Zombie is a favorite even over Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. What’s interesting about these zombies is that they are a mix of pre-70s voodoo zombies and modern Romero-ghoul zombies. The cast features Tisa FarrowIan McCullochRichard Johnson (…remember him from The Haunting 1963?).

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  • Love the movie, best scene is definitely where the chick gets her eye gouged out though I could see an argument for the zombie vs shark fight. I definitely see what you guys are saying with the lulling you into a false sense of security with beauty and tits and then snapping you back into fear mode. This movie does it pretty damn well…

    I was wondering if you guys would be willing to do Let Sleeping Corpses Lie? I just saw it for the first time tonight and its really damn good, figured it would be right down your guys alley. The ending to that film is just perfect…

    • Living Dead at Manchester Morgue – hell, yeah!
      I have been wanting to do Let Sleeping Corpses Lie for some time.
      Hopefully, soon!

      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=15&v=WH4wAD6k4M4 Something else I wanted to mention, I’m not sure if anyone on the podcast plays videogames but the opening of zombie, where the body bagged zombie gets up only to get shot in the head, Resident Evil Remake completely rips it off in the opening to the game.

      • Bill Mulligan

        That film was one of my holy grails for a longtime and unlike most, when I finally got to see it the wait was well worth it.

        Seriously underrated film.