For people of a certain age, Lucio Fulci’s Zombie
– or, as we Brits prefer, Zombie Flesh
Eaters – will always have a special
significance, having been at the start of what felt
like a revolution in horror when it played UK cinemas
in 1979 – opening just before, and out-grossing
(in all ways) Dawn of the Dead in
the UK – and then became a video phenomenon.
And when it graced the cover of Fangoria,
it signalled that magazine’s break with it’s
misdirected first few issues (early Fangoria’s
had covers featuring The Empire Strikes Back
and An Arabian Adventure) and move
to become the magazine that, for a few years, was
essential. For some of us, the film remains Fulci’s
crowning achievement – less slick that his later
films, but better paced and much more visceral.
Now, the film is back in the cinema – in America,
at least. The newly remastered version - lovingly
restored under the supervision of cinematographer
Sergio Salvati - that is to be released on Blu-ray
by Blue Underground is playing selected US cinemas
on October 21 and 22. Having never seen this film
in the cinema, I’m a bit jealous of those who
You can find out playdates here.
And if you can’t make it to any of them, the
film is out as a two disc Blu-ray/DVD on October 25..