Night of the Zombies

Night of the Zombies ★★★★

Daily Horror Scavenger Hunt - July 2018

8. A zombie film that wasn’t directed by Romero

Can you even believe that the first time I saw this I really didn’t like it that much?? What was I thinking?! This movie is fantastic! You’ve got zombie action, cheesearific effects, ridiculous and gratuitous gore including a fist through the mouth pushing out the eyeballs, stupid white people including an anthropologist who studies in the nude because apparently that helps her blend in with those Oceanic tribes, rituals that include long shot stock footage followed by close ups of poor re-enactments with very cheaply constructed props, great dubbing, and music lifted from Dawn of the Dead and Beyond the Darkness!!

This has lots of alternate titles, but the video store I grew up with and worked at had this under the title and VHS art shown here which strongly resembled the zombie from Fulci’s City of the Living Dead which at my video store was under the title Gates of Hell with the VHS art shown here and that’s my favorite title/box art for this movie not only because of the nostalgia, but also because I love the fact that this Italian gem was not only trying to cash in on the international success of Dawn of the Dead but also on City and Fulci’s Zombi from its own country! I mean it probably wasn’t coincidence that the final scene had a head/brain squishing straight out of City either and that’s some beautiful equal opportunity rip-off magic right there. Italian horror is the greatest gift the world has ever known.

Bananameter: 🍌 the apocalypse will be caused by “operation sweet death” 🍌

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