I’m surprised I didn’t review this yet. It’s one of my favorite Italian horror movies. Directed by Lucio Fulci, it was called Zombi 2 in Italy, because they were trying to cash in on the success of Dawn of the Dead (known as Zombi over there).
The plot is typical with characters being terrorized by zombies. Some of it takes place on an island and some is in New York. There is nothing particularly earth-shattering about the story, but it’s interesting enough to keep things going.
What really shines is the mood. It’s just got an eerie vibe and there are plenty of memorable scenes: the abandoned boat in New York harbor, the splinter in the eye, the shark fighting the zombie underwater.
The blood and gore are top-notch. It’s got that orange-red look that is common for late-70s European horror. Most of the gore is just excessive, but some of it is cringe-worthy. You’ll never be the same after you see the wood splinters slowly penetrate the eyeball.
If all of that is not enough, it also delivers on the boob front. Scuba boobs underwater. It doesn’t get much better.