Zombie just feels like THE zombie movie. When I think of zombies, I think of simple, slow moving, reanimated rotting corpses out to eat people and Lucio Fulci kept these creatures pure for me.
Oftentimes I come across “zombie” movies where the zombies will sprint and sort of just seem over-powered. What makes zombie movies so appealing to me is that lack of deliberation by these creatures. They only know two things; walk and eat. That setup makes for a really interesting survival movie. I’d say a lot of the tension it brings is similar to how Jason in the Friday the 13th series can walk so slow and methodical, yet still always manage to catch up to his victims. By the end of the movie our main cast is being completely overrun and the climax is fantastic.
The practical effects and makeup are just incredible and justifiably over-the-top. To see these disgusting corpses against the backdrop of a tropical paradise is way more satisfying than I would have expected. The only thing that could have made this movie any better is having one of the zombies fight an actual real live shark which is perfect because that’s exactly what Fulci does. The scene itself is actually the most impressive feat in the entire movie, despite how straight-to-DVD a zombie fighting a shark sounds.
Zombie is an absolute classic and a must watch for anyone into ultra-gory, action driven horror movies.