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Zombi 2 (1979)

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PRODUCTION INFORMATION
Country of Origin: Italy
Year of Production: 1979
Running Times: 87m (UK after cuts)/91m (Germany; USA)/94m (Italy)
Length: 2582 metres
Format: 35mm/Techniscope
Colour Format: Technicolor
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: Dolby stereo

INTRODUCTION

An Italian zombie movie produced in the wake of George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978) which played in Italy as Zombi.


The film gave director Lucio Fulci a wider audience than he'd previously enjoyed and was the first in a series of gore films he produced in the late 70s and early 80s. It wasn't, however, his first genre film - he'd already made the gialli Una sull'altra (1969), Una lucertola con la pelle di donna (1971) and Non si sevizia un paperino (1972), the vampire comedy Il cav. Costante Nicosia demoniaco, ovvero: Dracula in Brianza (1975) and the psychic thriller Sette note in nero (1977).

PLOT SUMMARY

A reporter and the daughter of a missing scientist team up with a holiday making couple to investigate the strange happenings on the island of Matoul. There they find Dr Menard struggling to stem the tide of zombies that are over-running the island.

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Enfer des zombies, L' - French/Belgian title
Island of the Flesh-Eaters
Island of the Living Dead - early title
Nightmare Island - working title
Nueva York bajo el terror de los zombi - Spanish title
Sanguelia - Japanese video and laserdisc title
Gli ultimi zombi
Woodoo - German title
Woodoo, Die Schreckensinsel Der Zombies - German/Swiss title
Zombi 2... gli ultimi zombi - Italian re-release title
Zombie - US/Hong Kong title
Zombie 2 - Dutch video title
Zombie 2: The Dead Among Us
Zombie Flesheaters - UK/Danish video title
Zombies 2 - Japanese title

LINKS

SEE ALSO
After Death (1988)
Attack of the Flesh Devouring Space Worms From Outer Space (1998)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dead Hate the Living!, The (1999)
F/X (1986)
Inferno dei morti viventi (1981)
Jaws (1975)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Walking Dead, The (1936)
Zombi 1 (1995)
Zombi 3 (1988)
Zombies (1964)


EXTRACTS INCLUDED IN
Building a Better Zombi (2004)
Zombiethon (1986)
Zombi Holocaust (1980)


DIRECTION

Directed by: Lucio Fulci

CREW

PRODUCTION
Copyright: [not given]
Production Company: Variety Film
Produced by: Ugo Tucci and Fabrizio de Angelis
Production Manager: Antonio Mazza
Unit Managers: Walter Massi, Tullio Lullo


SCRIPT
Written by: Elisa Briganti, Dardano Sacchetti (uncredited)


DIRECTION
Assistant Director: Robert Giandalia
Continuity: Daniela Tonti


PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: Sergio Salvati
Underwater Photography: Ramón Bravo
With the Collaboration of: Paolo Curto
Camera Operator: Franco Bruni
Assistant Camera: Fabrizio Vicari
Gaffer: Fernando Massaccesi
Key Grip: Ennio Brizzolaro
Stills: Sergio Strizzi, David Cognazzo
Film Stock: Kodak


EDITING AND POST-PRODUCTION
Film Editor: Vincenzo Tomassi
Assistant Editor: Carlo Della Corte


MUSIC
Music: Fabio Frizzi and Giorgio Tucci


SOUND
Sound Recordist: Ugo Delani
Boom Operator: Guiliano Gramaccioni
Sound Mixer: Bruno Moreal
Re-Recording: Fono Roma for Cinitalia [uncredited]
Dubbing Editor: Nick Alexander [uncredited]
Synchronization: N.C. with C.V.D.


COSTUMES AND MAKE-UP
Seamstress: Fiorella de Simone
Make-up Supervisor: Gianetto di Rossi
Make-up Artist: Maurizio Trani
Hairdresser: Mirella Sforza


SPECIAL EFFECTS
Special Effects Supervisor: Gianetto de Rossi
Special Effects: Giovanni Corridori


TITLES AND OPTICALS
Tiles and Opticals: Studio Verzini


DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Production Designer: Walter Patriarca
Set Decorator: Carlo Ferri
Props: Romano Chessari
Set Construction: Giovanni Corridori


OTHER CREW
Production Secretary: Giorgio Chessari


LOCATIONS
Locations: New York City, New York, USA; Rome, Lazio, Italy; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Elios R.P.A. Studios, Rome
Studio: R.P.A.-Elios Film

CAST

starring
Tisa Farrow (Ann Bolt/Bowles in US version)
Ian McCullough (Peter West)


and
Richard Johnson as Dr [David] Menard


with
Al Cliver (Bryan Curt/Brian Hull in US version)
Auretta Gay (Susan Barrett)
Stefania d'Amario (nurse)


and with
Olga Karlatos (Paola Menard)

UNCREDITED CAST

Ugo Bologna (Ann's father)
Dakkar (Lucas)
Lucio Fulci (newspaper editor)
Franco Fantasia (Father Mattias)
Mónica Zanchi (dying woman)

AVAILABILITY

Belgium
Video Distributors: South Pacific Video


Denmark
Video Distributors: Vipco


France
Theatrical Distributors: Gaumont/U.G.C
Video Distributors: South Pacific Video


Germany
Theatrical Distributors: Jugendfilm-Verleih GmbH
Video Distributors: Marketing-Film; Dragon Entertainment; VPS Video
Laserdisc Distributors: Dragon Entertainment
DVD Distributors: Dragon Entertainment; Italian Shock


Italy
Theatrical Distributors: Variety-Martino Film
Video Distributors: Cine Lux


Japan
Theatrical Distributors: Towa
Video Distributors: Toshiba Toho-Towa; Sony Video Software
Laserdisc Distributors: Mount Light Laser; Sony Video Software


Netherlands
Video Distributors: EVC


Switzerland
Video Distributors: Movie Video


UK
Theatrical Distributors: Miracle
Video Distributors: Vipco (VIP061); Stonevision
DVD Distributors: Stonevision Entertainment (SVD5002)


USA
Theatrical Distributors: Jerry Gross Organization
Video Distributors: Wizard Video; Magnum; Lightning Video; Anchor Bay Entertainment; T-Z Video (EDDE Entertainment)
Laserdisc Distributors: Image; Anchor Bay
DVD Distributors: Anchor Bay Entertainment

CENSORSHIP HISTORY

Australia
Rating: R (this is the same heavily cut version as that released in the UK)


Finland
Rating: banned; K-16 (heavily cut)


France
Rating: -16


Germany
Rating: FSK 18


Italy
Rating: 18


Norway
Rating: banned


UK
Rating: X; 18
The theatrical version was released with many cuts, but the first video release, on the earlier incarnation of Vipco, arrived uncut. The 1984 Video Recordings Act forced the removal of the original issue, to be replaced some years later by Vipco in their second incarnation, with a copy of the theatrical print. An uncut version was submitted to the British Board of Film Classification in August 1999. This time only 23 seconds were cut, all taken from the eye piercing scene and the subsequent shots of the zombies eating Paola Menard's body.


USA
Rating: unrated

TIMELINE

1979
June
Day Unknown - Production begins


July
Day Unknown - Production ends


August
23: Italy - passed by the ratings board
25: Italy - theatrical release


November
23: Germany - theatrical release


December
21: Hong Kong - theatrical release


1980
January
Day Unknown: UK - theatrical release


February
13: France - theatrical release


July
Day Unknown: USA - theatrical release


1992
May
18: UK - video release (Vipco VIP061)


1998
April
Day Unknown: Germany - video release (Dragon Entertainment)


1999
February
20: UK - television broadcast (on Channel 4)


August
3: UK - video release (Stonevision)


September
27: UK - DVD release (Stonevision Entertainment SVD5002)

POSTER TAGS

...quando i morti usciranno dalla tomba, i vivi saranno il loro sangue...


When the earth spits out the dead, they will rise to suck the blood of the living!


Wenn die Toten aus den Gräbern steigen, bleibt den Lebenden nicht mehr viel Zeit


If you loved Dawn of the Dead, you'll just eat up Zombie!


We Are Going To Eat You!


The dead are among us.


They will rise to suck the blood of the living!


When the earth spits out the dead... they will return to tear the flesh of the living.

1980

Monthly Film Bulletin vol.47 no.554 (March 1980)
"Zombi 2 lacks - for all the weaknesses of Romero's film - even a tenth of the minatory charge harboured by zombies […] A very competent cast maintains some interest, along with variable but sometimes effective make-up work which takes a ghoulish delight in the wounds inflicted by zombie teeth. But the message, with the radio announcer last heard screeching "The zombies are at the door… They're coming in… Arggghhh!", is risible to say the least." - from a review by Tom Milne


Variety 30 July 1980 pp.22, 26 (USA)
"Director Fulci adopts a leisurely pace and goes after daylight horror, playing off the grisly, cannibalistic zombie attacks against picture postcard beauty of the island and New York harbour. Emphasis on blood reaches the ludicrous extreme of 400-year old conquistadores bleeding profusely when shot down, fresh from their graves." - from a review by Lor

1996

Spaghetti Cinema no.65 (August 1996) pp.38-39 (USA)
"Zombi 2 has all the content of a thrill ride, but none of the virtues of good filmmaking: interesting characters, a convincing portrayal of events, and a compelling sense of cinema." - from a review by William Connolly

1997

Box, The no.1 (April/May 1997) p.27 (UK)
"Zombie Flesheaters does not disappoint. This is not a film you are likely to hear being compared unfavourably to the book at cocktail parties, but for a couple of hours of mind-rotting trash chock-full of demeaning, senseless violence and gore, it's not too bad." - from an unaccredited review

PERIODICALS

Aaaaaaagh! p.15 (UK)
illustrated review


Box, The no.1 (April/May 1997) p.27 (UK)
illustrated review (author not credited)


Cinefantastique vol.10 no.2 (Autumn 1980) p.43 (USA)
note


Cinema nuovo vol.28 no.262 (November/December 1979) pp.43-44 (Italy)
illustrated article


Continental Film Review vol.27 no.4 (February 1980) pp.32-33 (UK)
illustrated synopsis


Deep Red no.5 p.32 (USA)
review


Delirium no.2 (UK)
review, credits


Ecran fantastique, L' no.9 (1979) p.40 (France)
review


Empire no.125 (November 1999) p.140 (UK)
illustrated video review


Fangoria no.52 p.15 (USA)
review


Foreign Sales, Italian Movie Trade vol.5 no.7/8 (July/August 1979) p.11 (Italy)
credits


Mad Movies no.53 pp.51, 53 (France)
review


Monthly Film Bulletin vol.47 no.554 (March 1980)
credits, synopsis, review (by Tom Milne)


Screen International no.226 (2 February 1980) p.71 (UK)
review (by Marjorie Bilbow)


Spaghetti Cinema no.65 (August 1996) pp.38-39 (USA)
illustrated credits, synopsis, review (by William Connolly)


Starburst no.21 p.13 (UK)
note


Starburst no.64 p.42 (UK)
review


Variety 30 July 1980 pp.22, 26 (USA)
credits, review (by Lor)


Video the Magazine August 1986 p.13 (UK)
review

BOOKS

Aurum Encyclopedia of Film: Science Fiction p.355
review, credits


Aurum Encyclopedia of Film: Horror p.341
review, credits


Beyond Terror pp.24-37; 277-278
illustrated synopsis, review; credits


Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again by John Stanley pp.452-453
credits, review


Horror Holocaust pp.59-60
review


Psychotronic Video Guide p.635
review, credits


Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film and Television Credits Volume 2 pp.1173-1174
credits

OTHER SOURCES

screen
credits