Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979) | Lucio Fulci’s gore-tastic shocker is even better in high definition
With its lurid title and promises of putrefied corpses coming back to life with worms oozing out of eye sockets, this was one Romero rip-off that was a must-see during the video nasty 1980s. But to see Lucio Fulci‘s Zombie Flesh-Eaters in all its uncut gory was only for European audiences until the film was finally passed uncut in 1999. Even so, the VHS and DVD print quality has always been terrible. Thankfully, the 2012 restoration from Arrow Video is the best gift fans of the film can ask for.
THE DEAD ARE AMONG US
With the help of a vacationing couple, scientist’s daughter Anne (Tisa Farrow – yep, it’s Mia’s sister) and reporter Peter (Ian McCulloch) head to the picturesque Caribbean island of Matoul where Richard Johnson‘s Professor Menard is conducting experiments on the dead. But when the powers of voodoo cause re-animated corpses to overrun the island, our heroes find themselves holed up in a make-shift hospital with nowhere to run…
A FEAST OF FLESH
Flesh fiends can gorge themselves on a host of special features that accompany the lush 2k HD restoration – which looks ace and breathes new life into Fabio Frizzi and Giorgio Tucci’s collectable soundtrack. There’s optional English/Italian sequences and audio; new subtitles; audio commentaries; collector’s booklet; and artwork by Graham Humphreys; while five featurettes, spanning two discs, showcase the film’s special effects, music and the history of the Italian zombie genre.
KING OF THE VIDEO NASTIES
With its high gore content and relentless violence, Zombie Flesh-Eaters is without doubt the king of the video nasties, and its the sheer realism of Gianetto de Rossi’s sfx that steal the show. Arrow’s restoration gives Rossi’s gruesome artistry and Fulci’s horrific set pieces a whole new dimension, allowing fans (both old and new fans alike) to finally fully appreciate this bona fide cult classc.
Available on DVD, Blu-ray, Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook through Arrow Video
Zombie Flesh Eaters also screens on The Horror Channel (Sky 319, Virgin 149, Freesat 138)
Posted on January 21, 2014, in Horror, Must See, Must-See and tagged Arrow Video, Graham Humphreys, Horror, Ian McCulloch, Lucio Fulci, Must See, Richard Johnson, The Horror Channel, Tisa Farrow. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.