Film Journal #1 - Lucio Fulci’s “Zombie” (1979)
The Italian horror film “Zombie” (AKA “Zombie 2,” “Zombi,” “Zombie Flesh Eaters”) features some of the best practical effects I’ve seen. The gore is extremely graphic and incredibly well done. CGI will never be able to match effects like these. See the scene where a zombie pierces the eyeball of a woman with splintered wood.
However, if it weren’t for all the brain eating, eye gouging and free-flowing blood, the film would be pretty damn boring. The characters are bland and basically stereotypical cardboard cut-outs of what you’d expect in a zombie movie. They have little to no depth.
I enjoyed the implementation of the zombie genre’s voodoo roots and gleefully watched as a zombie went into a combat against a shark. Yes, a zombie-shark showdown makes this film at least worth a single viewing.