Listen up. Last night I had the privledge, no the HONOR, to attend the 25th Anniversary Screening of Zombie AKA Zombi 2. For those of you out there who dont know how this works, let me explain.
When George A Romero’s Dawn of the Dead was released overseas, it was released under the name “Zombi”. During this time, Lucio Fulci was directing cheesy horror films, spaghetti westerns, and war movies in Italy. Producers pushed Fulci to jump on the “Zombi” band wagon and make a sequel. And so he did. Filming a movie about a deserted ship in bay at NYC, a zombie is found on board and kills a cop. The daughter of the man who owns the boat is brought in and questioned about where her father is. She travels to some far off island where her father was last known to be. Strange things are happening on the island. Many people are contracting a “disease” and diying, then coming back to life. The natives claim it to be voodoo (one of the many other names for this film). You know the rest zombies come out attack and people die horrible violent deaths then return for more. Great film for any horror/gore fan.
This was the first time I’ve seen it on the big screen, and it was AMAZING. The print was an original 35mm version of the film. The title card read on the film “Zombies 2”. So they dont even know where this version came from. I own this movie on DVD, but to my suprise it was much different. Last night was the first time anybody in US had seen the FULL UNCUT VERSION of the film. I thought it was gory before, but wow!!!
The thing that stood out the most, was a throat ripping scene. A zombie came up and bit this girl right on the throat. I have seen every gory film out there, but that scene topped it. It looked so real, especially for that time. Shriek Show was also suppose to do a pre-street release of the 25th Anniv. 2 DVD set of Zombi 2. But they never made it. But, they did do a sayonce to resurrect the spirit of Fulci before the film. All in all it was a great experience. They also made us fill out papers saying that if we were to have a heart attack or nervous breakdown due to the movie, it was not their fault. LOL. The version I saw will be available to buy on a regular DVD or the 2 Disc uncut version, this Tuesday Jul 27. I hope some of you will be picking this up. I will post a review of the 2 Disc set either tuesday or wednesday.