Seattle horror fans are in for a special pre-Halloween treat this coming Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22, 2011, with the limited re-release of Lucio Fulci’s Zombie (1979). The cult classic is playing in select theaters nationwide over the weekend in anticipation of Blue Underground’s Zombie (2-disc Ultimate Edition) Blu-ray, to be released on Oct. 25. Featuring a 2K High Resolution from the original uncut and uncensored camera negative, and with a bonus disc loaded with extras, this Blu-ray looks to be a must-have for fans of the film. What better way to celebrate Halloween than by seeing Zombie in all its gory glory on the big screen?
For those unfamiliar with Fulci, he is known as the “godfather of gore,” and for good reason. Although most of his long career was characterized by other genres, including giallo, comedy and westerns, he is most well-known for his supernatural zombie films in the early 80’s, including City of the Living Dead (1980), The Beyond (1981) and The House by the Cemetery (1981). These three films make up an unofficial ‘Gates of Hell’ trilogy in the sense that they have similar storylines. And, of course, Zombie predates these three and is full of gore as well.
Zombie interestingly was released in Italy under the title Zombi 2 and it was billed to be a sequel to George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (which was released in Europe under the name Zombi). In fact, Zombie had no connection whatsoever with Dawn of the Dead and the two movies could not be further apart in terms of plot, style, dialogue or storyline. Whether you’re a Fulci diehard or a newbie, or even if you’re partial to George Romero’s films, a theatrical re-release of Zombie is not to be missed.
The plot is nonsensical and the acting is questionable, yet Fulci delivers in spades on atmosphere and rotten Spanish
conquistador living dead. There is no hidden political agenda to Fulci’s films, just decaying flesh, horseflies and maggots. And where else can you see a zombie vs. shark fight scene?? Finally, the film has always looked good, but the ominous synthesizer soundtrack from Fabio Frizzi should sound absolutely fantastic in this re-release.
Zombie shows at midnight this Friday and Saturday night, Oct. 21 and 22, at the Egyptian Theater in Seattle. Advanced tickets can be purchased online for $8.25 Adult, plus a non-refundable $1 service fee. Tickets may also be purchased at the theater box office, located at 801 East Pine.
HINT: For those of you have read this far, note that Zombie star Ian McCulloch will be in attendance before the Friday night midnight screening. Scheduled to appear at 11 p.m., McCulloch will be available for autographs, photos and a Q&A session before the film screening. His appearance is co-sponsored by Seattle’s own ZomBcon, which invades the Seattle Airport Hilton this weekend.
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