Posts Tagged ‘head shots

24
Sep
08

The Beyond directed by Lucio Fulci

The Beyond - directed by Lucio Fulci

The Beyond - directed by Lucio Fulci

The Beyond is looked upon as being one of Fulci’s best movies. I have to say, I preferred Zombie Flesh Eaters (Zombie 2), but I can see what makes it appealing.

The movie begins with an artist creating a painting who is then attacked by a torch carrying mob, missing only their pitchforks,  who whip him with a chain then crucify him to a wall. Nice them country folks. Many years later a woman inherits the building (a Hotel) and is trying to restore it to its former glory. Unfortunately it sits on one of the entry points to hell, which is always a tad inconvenient. Strange things begin to happen, a dusty old book called Eibon pops up here and there, and the new hotel owner begins to believe she is going crazy.

The story isn’t the worst, but it’s still very cliched and some of the acting is embarassing *cough* blind woman *cough*.

Lots of good gore, and fx, scenes though, my favourite shot (hoho! I made a funny!) being the exploding head on the little girl near the end of the movie (below).

See? That's what happens to annoying school girls who try and rip peoples faces of.

See? That's what happens to annoying school girls that try and rip peoples faces off...

I don’t think The Beyond is Fulci’s finest, but it’s still a good film, it has zombies, so that’s a +1. Ask my partner in crime, Alex, about the movie, he has the evil books logo tattoo’d on the back of his neck! The madman!

22
Sep
08

Zombie Flesh Eaters (Zombi 2) directed by Lucio Fulci

Zombi 2) by Lucio Fulci

Zombie Flesh Eaters (aka: Zombi 2) by Lucio Fulci

The story may seem to be your bog standard ‘father is missing on a tropical island, daughter and reporter head to the island to find the father, but find a ton of zombies instead’, but remember: this was made in 1979, Zombie Flesh Eaters (aka: Zombi(e) 2) is the grand-daddy of them all, superseded only by Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (1978, which is affectionately known as Zombi (1) in Italy).

A seemingly empty boat crawls to shore, past the Statue of Liberty, and is intercepted by the coast guard. Lurking in the boat is a zombie which attacks one of the, rather incompetent, coast guards.

Soon we see the (cute) daughter who’s father apparently owns the boat, he’s nowhere to be seen. In no time she’s teamed up with a reporter and they’re heading off to some deserted island where they meet up with a boat owner and his girlfriend who, mysteriously, likes to scuba-dive topless. Different, if nothing else. Fear not fellow pervs as there is one other scene of boobage from the very pretty (and fit, and doomed) wife of the village Doctor.

Our intrepid (yet doomed) team meet with the Doctor who explains the voodoo that’s been taking place on the island. As is the norm with zombie movies, various memebers of the team are dispatched in simple, yet grizzly, manners. I won’t go any further with the storyline, but suffice to say that there’s a nice twist to the story at the end.

And no, they DON'T say 'braaaaiinnnnsssss'

And no, they DON'T say 'braaaiiinnnssssss'.

Bearing in mind this is a low budget movie – the effects, story and scenery are all very well done for the late 70s. Some obvious dubbing has been done to the movie, but it really doesn’t affect things much. Zombie Flesh Eaters is an excellent movie and, in it’s new colourful widescreen glory, has stood the test of time quite well!