Some have said it is the greatest zombie movie of all time, even superior to George Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. I would have to agree that it is just as good, or damn close. This is ironic, since it is something of a rip-off of that first film. Lucio Fulci’s ZOMBI was released in Italy as ZOMBI 2, aka ZOMBIE 2. The reason for this is that NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, or, depending on whom you ask, DAWN OF THE DEAD, was released in Italy under the title ZOMBI, aka ZOMBIE. Fulci’s film was an “unofficial” sequel to ZOMBI, aka ZOMBIE, which was really NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD or DAWN OF THE DEAD, again depending on what source you consult. Wikipedia says it was DAWN OF THE DEAD and not NIGHT OF that got retagged as ZOMBI, so we’ll go with that. Either way, the movie is ripping off Romero—and possibly improving on the formula.
Detested by commoner critics and branded by those stick-up-the-ass Brits as a “video nasty,” ZOMBI has gone on to become rightfully regarded as the classic that it is. This past week marked the 38th anniversary of the release of ZOMBI in the United States. 38 years! Those zombies haven’t aged a bit!