Wednesday, December 3, 2008

My choice for December


I have chosen December's movie: Zombie (also known as Zombi 2, Island of the Living Dead, Zombie Island, Zombie Flesh Eaters and Woodoo). 1980. Lucio Fulci. Yes, it's true. Dagos make the best zombie movies.

I'll post my summary, ratings, and lessons in by December 15th. Then everyone else can add their own comments/ratings.
Enjoy.

6 comments:

Zombie Ree said...

I can't wait. I've never seen this before, but according to Wikipedia, it contains a zombie vs shark sequence. I think it's going to be a winner.

Pig hearts Zed said...

I can't wait to see this, I wonder if there are any zombie xmas movies I should get my parents.

frenchie said...

[size=2][*]The film was written before Dawn of the Dead ( 1978 ) was released in Italy, as an action/adventure thriller with no link to George A. Romero's films. The opening and closing scenes (which take place in New York) were added to the script later when the producers wanted to cash-in on the success of Dawn.

[*]The make-up effects were done by renowned Italian Giannetto De Rossi. The make-up for the zombies was "caked" on in several stages and Lucio Fulci, the director, constantly referred to the extras as "walking flower pots".

[*]The newspaper office scene was filmed in a busy office building, and at one point the cast and crew inadvertently interrupted a meeting held by Rupert Murdoch, who angrily kicked them out.

[*]Several of the actors playing the zombies were actually brothers. They look so similar that some people have speculated that all the zombies were played by one man.

[*]As shown in trailers before the film was released, airline "barf bags" were handed out to theater moviegoers due to the unusually high amount of violence and gore for a horror film of that time.

[*]Enzo G. Castellari was asked to direct this film early in its development, but turned it down on the basis that he was not a fan of horror and primarily made action films. However, he suggested his friend Lucio Fulci as a possible replacement.

[*]Like many Italian horror films of the time, half the cast spoke only English and the other half only Italian. Many Italian films produced for international distribution filmed without sound and recorded several dialog tracks in different languages in the studio for later overdubbing. Because the actors are speaking a number of different languages (or some are speaking a non-native language phonetically), the dubbing in all versions of the film is not 100% synchronized. Ian McCulloch, Tisa Farrow, Olga Karlatos, and Stefania D'Amario were of the main English speaking cast, while Al Cliver, Auretta Gay, and Dakkar were of the main Italian-speaking cast.

[*]scriptwriter Dardano Sacchetti chose to take his name off the credits due to his father's death during preproduction. As a result of his loss, Sacchetti felt uncomfortable about being connected with a movie about the dead returning to a semblance of life and then being destroyed.

[*]Director Cameo: [Lucio Fulci] the news editor in the scene of the New York newspaper office.

[*]The actor scheduled to play the underwater zombie got sick at the last minute and had to be replaced by the shark's trainer.

[*]Hordes of the living dead stumble across the Brooklyn Bridge at the end of the film. Although a national state of emergency had been declared and the local radio station had been overrun by zombies, the traffic below still flows freely. This was due to budgetary constraints - there was not enough money to stop traffic on the bridge.

[*]While shooting on location in New York City, Captain Haggerty, who plays the large bald zombie who attacks the harbor patrol at the beginning of the film, walked into CBGB's (a tiny Bowery bar which was a flourishing punk rock venue at the time) in full zombie makeup complete with splattered fake blood and mud caked all over his face and body. Due to the outrageous punk styles in those days of the other bar patrons, he was barely noticed. Even the bartender never looked twice at him.

[*]When first submitted to the BBFC in 1980, the movie was passed with an X rating with 1 minute, 46 seconds cut. Then, with the Video Recordings Act, it was banned in 1984 as a "video nasty". It was removed from the DPP list, and the original cinema release was re-rated in 1992 with an 18 rating. In 1999, it was once again re-rated, with only 23 seconds of cuts for an 18 rating. Finally, it was passed uncut with an 18 rating in 2005, with a 91 minute run time.

[*]According to the production crew interviewed for the Shriek Show DVD, scenes were shot of the zombies coming out of the water in New York. They never made it into the final edit though.

[*]According to Ian McCulloch on the DVD commentary, the harbor patrol cops were actually off-duty policemen. The advantage was that no costumes were required as they brought their own uniforms.

[*]Despite being called �Zombi 2�, the film is not a sequel to anything. When the makers found out that there was another unrelated movie called �Zombie� coming out at the same time, they added the '2' in to differentiate the two films.[/size]

frenchie said...

for those of us that are hip with the tubes-

http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/4220249/Zombie_%28Lucio_Fulci%29_%5BDVDRip%5D_%5BBy_KooKoo%5D_%5BH33T%5D

Bud the CHUD said...

My summary will be delayed a few days. But fear not, I'll have it done by the 21st at the latest. Amazon estimates that my 25th Anniversary Special Edition Zombie/Zombi 2 should arrive on the 19th. I may even attempt to watch it in the original italian. You know, to keep it real.

Zombie Ree said...

You're a better man than I. I got the Blue Underground release, which is still Zombierific, but probably less so than what you'll be receiving in the mail shortly.