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1. City Of The Living Dead
Director: Lucio Fulci
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The Seven Gates of Hell have been torn open, and in three days the dead shall rise and walk the earth. As a reporter (Christopher George) and a psychic (Catriona MacColl) race to close the portals of the damned, they encounter a seething nightmare of unspeakable evil. The city is alive--with the horrors of the living dead! Directed and co-written by the legendary Lucio Fulci (Zombie, The Beyond, The New York Ripper), "City of the Living Dead" features some of the maestro's most shocking and controversial sequences of all time. This is the definitive version of Fulci's hallucinogenic masterpiece of horror: uncut, uncensored and presented in all its brain-ripping, gut-spewing, head-drilling glory! A.k.a. "The Gates of Hell." ... Read more

Reviews (67)

4-0 out of 5 stars Classic Fulci...
Yes, this is the Fulci gore classic, now given the long overdue DVD treatment by Anchor Bay. Throw out those ancient dupes and tapes riddled with print damage and artifacting, this DVD is superior! But first, the story (what little there is): The Gates of Hell have been opened by a Dunwich priest who has hanged himself in a cemetary. That's it. What follows is typical Fulci mayhem and gory goodness. Yep, here on the DVD we get to see the ultra savage head drilling, the girl puking her guts up (look fast for future Italian horror director Michele Soavi as her boyfriend) and plenty of scalping and brain ripping, all in their uncut gory glory! As you might have guessed, the plot is secondary to the gore and atmosphere. As a result, many viewers will be turned off by the minimal (and convoluted) plot, and the atrocious dubbing. But for the real Fulci fans who are already primed in his style, they will eat this up. Anchor Bay's DVD treatment truly adds to the enjoyment of the film. It truly is great to see this film (and HEAR it) in digital quality, COMPLETELY UNCUT! Nevertheless, "City of the Living Dead" does have it's share of problems. Obviously the plot is nothing to write home about (like you care anyway) and Fabio Frizzi's score seems tacky (to me anyway). But once again, Gino De Rossi's amazing gore effects and Fulci's keen eye for gory detail (and some stylish direction, to boot) keep things humming. Finally, compared to the other entries in Fulci's "horror quartet" , I'd rate this light years ahead of "Zombie", and just behind "The Beyond" (his best in this genre) and "The House by the Cemetary."

3-0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece? I digress
If this is a masterpiece, I'm Brigitte Bardot. First of all, I am a fan of Arthouse and International films, and I despise Hollywood fare. With that in mind, this Fulci example is by no means a classic. I remember having watched the trailer as a little girl and how shocked I was to see the blood-crying scene, I was hooked to the tv wanting to see more. I just saw this film and it convinces me this is NOT Fulci's best, not by a ling shot. BUT, it is better than the average teen-slasher-(...) that is filling movie theatres in the last couple of years. It's atmospheric theme music, the unavoidable sense of dread packing the film is entertaining nonetheless, but you always expect something, anything to happen, when it doesn't. True, Fulci never has been a master storyteller, he's in it for the shock-value alone. So, all I can say is, there are way better Fulci films out there, shop around.

Digital transfer: 3 stars
Sound: 3 stars
Overall quality: 3 stars

5-0 out of 5 stars CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD
VERY MOODY AND CREEPY.DEFINITELY ONE OF THE BEST ZOMBIE FLICKS.A MUST HAVE FOR ANY ZOMBIE FAN.WELL WORTH THE PURCHASE. A++++++++

1-0 out of 5 stars City of the Living Dead
Okay, I love gore just as much as the next depraved freak, but City of the Living Dead pretty much disappointed me on all levels. Yeah, it's quite gory and all, but the film just isn't very good. It's rather bad actually. Check out Dawn of the Dead or Night of the Living Dead... They're fare superior horror films.

2-0 out of 5 stars Lame would-be- shocker
Whereas Dario Argento has managed to turn sheer brutality into a form of high art, Luci Fulci has to rely on brutality simply to disguise the fact that apart from it, there's - well, not much really. "City of the Living Dead" (also known as "Gates of Hell") is downright boring because all attempts at creating some gothic flavour or atmosphere OR suspense fail miserably. Instead, we're kept awake by repeated scenes of (badly made) intestines pulled out of something or somebody, and an electric drill forcing its way into (and out of) the head of a retarded boy! wow! Attempts at creating suspense (and keeping up the viewer's interest in the plot) are undermined by bad timing, editing, and worse acting. could have been high gothic gore, but it's just boring gore. silly. At least, "the Beyond" is better than this one. ... Read more


2. Zombi 2 (25th Anniversary Special Edition 2-Disc Set)
Director: Lucio Fulci
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In Lucio Fulci's genre classic Zombi 2, the dead rise once again to terrorize and consume the flesh of the living, this time Caribbean style! Those new to Fulci should note Island of the Flesh-Eaters, Zombi 2, and the more commonly known Zombie all refer to the same film. Though there is no Zombi 1, Fulci's film was titled Zombi 2 to capitalize on the commercial success of Romero's Dawn of the Dead. Though marketed as a sequel in Italy, the only similarities to Romero's classic are the title and the fact that the dead rise to eat the flesh of the living. Instead of being a metaphor for consumerism, Zombi 2 is a straight-out adventure story that ends in a horrific, apocalyptic nightmare. The plot is fairly straightforward, and more or less exists simply as a structure to hang scenes of extreme gore and terror on. Dr. Bowles's boat floats into New York Harbor missing its crew and carrying an undead passenger. The doctor's daughter (Tisa Farrow), dead set on finding out what happened to her father, teams up with journalist Peter West (Ian McCulloch) and heads to the cursed island of Matool, where a zombie epidemic is growing and Dr. Bowles's friend, Dr. Menard (Richard Johnson), is desperately trying to find a cure. Will Anne find her father? Will Dr. Menard find a cure? Will our heroes escape? In all honesty, who really cares? Because those in the "know" already know you don't come to a Fulci film looking for Shakespeare.What Zombi 2 lacks in plot development and continuity, it more than makes up for in atmosphere, intensity, and of course the trademark Fulci gore. Some of the unique high points are the never-duplicated zombie-versus-shark vignette, the rising of the Spanish zombie conquistadores, and Fulci's trademark eye shot. Fans of Italian/apocalyptic/cannibal/zombie films should not miss Zombi 2. Along with The Beyond, it defines the genre. --Rob Bracco ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Classic Horror Film; Not So Classic DVD Release Here's Why
Repeated.

First, this movie from an entertainment value from 1 to 10 is a 10 plus.
Second, this movie from a technical visibility and technical audibility release value on DVD from 1 to 10 is a 4.

Reason for the first critique: The PROS
1. Director Lucio Fulci directs a fast paced nail biter from start to finish.
2. Excellent film scoring as the music really accentuates the drama.
3. Excellent casting, the actors are solid for this type of film - no phonies.
4. Excellent locations - from New York City to the exotic Carribean where the two main characters meet up with vacationers who agree to charter their boat and take the main two characters to the island of Matool where the horror begins - you'll know why there going there as you see the film.
5. Excellent makeup effects for zombies and the gruesome and great death scenes.
6. Excellent cinematography to heighten the tension during the film.

Reason for the second critique: The CONS
1. Anchor Bay Entertainment's DVD release of this movie is poor. This critique of poor DVD quality is rare when it comes to Anchor Bay Entertainment releases as their remastered-from-the-good-old-cellar-movie reputation normally puts out excellent quality DVDs with full frame-by-frame color correction, removal of original picture blurriness, and excellent audio track remastering, but this movie somehow slipped through the cracks as perhaps there was a rush to get this movie out on DVD due to its immense popularity among gore hounds and Fangoria Magazine fanatics. The rush job to DVD certainly shows. And below are the main points to look out for on this particular Anchor Bay Entertainment release.

2. Poor picture clarity. The picture from start to finish is viewable, but not at all crisp and without blur. This will be corrected see ALTERNATIVE DVD below.

3. Poor color management. The color from start to finish lacks vibrance and richness. The color frame-by-frame is as dead and bland as the zombies themselves. The opening scenes especially as the abandoned yacht( or so you think ) sails into New York Harbor as it is coralled by the New York police, you will see that the city buildings including the World Trade Center towers look more purple/grey in tone, the harbor looks dark brown-grey in color, the sky looks grey in color, and the facial tones of the characters look more fuscia-pinkinsh-beige. The color on this release is horrible and will be corrected. The most frustrating aspect of the poor color is when the movie shfts to the Carribean as two main characters meet up with two vactioners and the four somehow agree to sail for the Island of Matool, after some hesistancy, you will see that the color really suffers here. The exotic locations - the beautiful water, the green of the palm trees, and the like are painfully lacking the vibrant standout color correction needed to make every film frame standout with crisp clear picture quality and life like color. This will be corrected see ALTERNATIVE DVD below.

3. Muddled audio track. The sound is clear, but not at the level of a remastered audio track with either DTS or THX Sound treatments. The musical score periodically steps on the sound effects This will be corrected see ALTERNATIVE DVD below.

4. From the original uncut full-version, there are some scenes missing on this DVD. This will be corrected see ALTERNATIVE DVD below.

5. Periodic purple outlines on the edges of the widescreen black bars.
This will be corrected see ALTERNATIVE DVD below.

-----> ALTERNATIVE DVD <------

Coming from Media Blasters Entertainment, another respected DVD Production Studio in the same ilk as Anchor Bay Entertainment and Blue Underground Studios a two new releases of this film are on thier way.

The first will be a Special 2-Disc Fully Remastered ( Picture and Sound ) 25th Anniversary Edition Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer due out as Amazon.com states on the web page hosting this title as July 27, 2004.

--This DVD has 2 hours of Extras including Director commentary, Film Trailers, TV-Spots, Cast and Crew interviews and audio options. This version is the one to buy and as of this review is only less than two months away.

The second will be Single Disc Fully Remastered ( Picture and Sound ) Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer due out I would suspect around the same time as the 25th Anniversary 2-Disc Edition in late July 2004.

Final Thoughts:

1. Avoid buying the Anchor Bay Entertainment release if you can wait less than 2 months from todays date June 13th. The wait will definitely be worth it. If you own this version already as I do, then I would recommend donating this release to the local public library for a tax break when the new versions, especially the 2-Disc set, come in.

Expect from the newer versions as a recap.

1. Excellent Frame-to-Frame Picture Quality from start-to-finish and Full Elimination of Film Blur.
2. Excellent Frame-to-Frame Color correction bringing the movie to life.
3. Excellent Sound Treatment for fully enhanced dialog clarity, punchy sound effects, and a robust musical score getting more crisp.

If these do indeed happen as Media Blasters Enterainment Studios are indicating, then this film goes from a 4 to a 5 plus.

3-0 out of 5 stars I have revised my opinion of this movie
The first few times I saw this film ,I hated it. I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about,but I really wanted to see this film as others saw it(only because so many people love it). So,it was a really hot,dark evening with a thunderstorm threatening to knock the power out,and I was really bored and regretting not buying Torso at the mall earlier, so I pulled out my copy of Zombie and set out to watch it. Lo and behold, I was very entertained and managed to scare myself silly(storms and Italian horror movies make a scary combination). The beginning is somewhat slow, but does a good job setting up the story. There's a zombie here, a zombie there,just enough to show you something's up. By the time they get to the island,though,things really start heating up. All of a sudden,there's zombies everywhere, and these aren't the shambling, blue-skinned ghouls of Dawn of the Dead. These are friggin nasty looking suckers. They have worms crawling through their eye sockets,and their flesh is all rotted and hanging from their bodies. Fulci got the throat-rippings right too, with pulsing blood spurting all over the place. The gore is absolutely superb,especially for 1979, and makes Dawn(another film I was never fond of) look like a sunday school picnic. That said, many people will be bound to hate this film. Some will be bored, some will be nauseated, and some will just laugh. But it's still worth checking out, and if you hate it, you can always scare your friends with it(I have a friend who is deathly afraid of zombies;I already showed her Dawn and Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things,now this...hehe...fun...). I also love Italian horror now, I have no clue why I said before that I didn't (bad brain...bad! Lying is bad, you get a spanking now...hehe... :)).

5-0 out of 5 stars THE VERY VERY BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 100.000.000 STARS!!!!!!!!!
THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST ZOMBIE FLICK EVER MADE IN MY OPINION!!!! I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION 2 DISC SET TO BE RELEASED ITS ABOUT TIME THIS FLICK GETS THE RESPECT IT DESERVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THERE IS NOT MUCH ELSE TO SAY EXCEPT THAT FULCI IS GOD!!!!!!!!! later on fellow horror fans!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars ZOMBIE
EVERYTHING A ZOMBIE MOVIE SHOULD BE! VERY GORY AND SCARY. ONE OF THE BEST ZOMBIE FLICKS AROUND.NICE AND MOODY FEELING.DEFINITELY WORTH THE PURCHASE. GET IT!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME ZOMBIE FLICK!!!
When you think of the all time great zombie movies George A Romero's trilogy "Night of the Living Dead" , "Dawn of the Dead" and "Day of the Dead" most likely come to mind. Lucio Fulci's "Zombie", which has been called a sequel to the above mentioned "Dawn of the Dead", doesn't seem to be as popular and not as well known (at least around here) as Romero's trilogy. However, I believe Zombie is almost as good as the above mentioned

Plot is simple; Tisa Farrow plays Ann Bowles, when Ann discovers her father's boat to be abandoned in the New York Harbor her and reporter Peter West(Ian McCulloch) go searching for answers. Their search takes them to the small island of Matool where an unknown virus makes the dead stand up and walk, and of course they do much more than just walk. The plot is so simple yet extremely effective. The movie does move a bit slowly and the acting isn't very impressive but everything that makes a great horror movie is presented, creepy score, spooky elements, extreme gore and the most realistic, best looking zombies of any zombie movie I've ever seen.

This was only the second Fulci film I've seen but from seeing those two movies and reading other reviews it's easy to see a couple of Fulci's trademarks, bad dubbing and extreme gore. The killing scenes were awesome!! A big splinter through an eyeball, zombies feasting on dead woman's guts (that's pretty nasty!) and my favorite, a zombie tearing at the jugular of a woman as blood squirts out and shoots everywhere. If you haven't seen this movie yet and your a fan of horror movies add this one to your collection!! ... Read more


3. Zombie
Director: Lucio Fulci
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Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Classic Horror Film; Not So Classic DVD Release Here's Why
Repeated.

First, this movie from an entertainment value from 1 to 10 is a 10 plus.
Second, this movie from a technical visibility and technical audibility release value on DVD from 1 to 10 is a 4.

Reason for the first critique: The PROS
1. Director Lucio Fulci directs a fast paced nail biter from start to finish.
2. Excellent film scoring as the music really accentuates the drama.
3. Excellent casting, the actors are solid for this type of film - no phonies.
4. Excellent locations - from New York City to the exotic Carribean where the two main characters meet up with vacationers who agree to charter their boat and take the main two characters to the island of Matool where the horror begins - you'll know why there going there as you see the film.
5. Excellent makeup effects for zombies and the gruesome and great death scenes.
6. Excellent cinematography to heighten the tension during the film.

Reason for the second critique: The CONS
1. Anchor Bay Entertainment's DVD release of this movie is poor. This critique of poor DVD quality is rare when it comes to Anchor Bay Entertainment releases as their remastered-from-the-good-old-cellar-movie reputation normally puts out excellent quality DVDs with full frame-by-frame color correction, removal of original picture blurriness, and excellent audio track remastering, but this movie somehow slipped through the cracks as perhaps there was a rush to get this movie out on DVD due to its immense popularity among gore hounds and Fangoria Magazine fanatics. The rush job to DVD certainly shows. And below are the main points to look out for on this particular Anchor Bay Entertainment release.

2. Poor picture clarity. The picture from start to finish is viewable, but not at all crisp and without blur. This will be corrected see ALTERNATIVE DVD below.

3. Poor color management. The color from start to finish lacks vibrance and richness. The color frame-by-frame is as dead and bland as the zombies themselves. The opening scenes especially as the abandoned yacht( or so you think ) sails into New York Harbor as it is coralled by the New York police, you will see that the city buildings including the World Trade Center towers look more purple/grey in tone, the harbor looks dark brown-grey in color, the sky looks grey in color, and the facial tones of the characters look more fuscia-pinkinsh-beige. The color on this release is horrible and will be corrected. The most frustrating aspect of the poor color is when the movie shfts to the Carribean as two main characters meet up with two vactioners and the four somehow agree to sail for the Island of Matool, after some hesistancy, you will see that the color really suffers here. The exotic locations - the beautiful water, the green of the palm trees, and the like are painfully lacking the vibrant standout color correction needed to make every film frame standout with crisp clear picture quality and life like color. This will be corrected see ALTERNATIVE DVD below.

3. Muddled audio track. The sound is clear, but not at the level of a remastered audio track with either DTS or THX Sound treatments. The musical score periodically steps on the sound effects This will be corrected see ALTERNATIVE DVD below.

4. From the original uncut full-version, there are some scenes missing on this DVD. This will be corrected see ALTERNATIVE DVD below.

5. Periodic purple outlines on the edges of the widescreen black bars.
This will be corrected see ALTERNATIVE DVD below.

-----> ALTERNATIVE DVD <------

Coming from Media Blasters Entertainment, another respected DVD Production Studio in the same ilk as Anchor Bay Entertainment and Blue Underground Studios a two new releases of this film are on thier way.

The first will be a Special 2-Disc Fully Remastered ( Picture and Sound ) 25th Anniversary Edition Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer due out as Amazon.com states on the web page hosting this title as July 27, 2004.

--This DVD has 2 hours of Extras including Director commentary, Film Trailers, TV-Spots, Cast and Crew interviews and audio options. This version is the one to buy and as of this review is only less than two months away.

The second will be Single Disc Fully Remastered ( Picture and Sound ) Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer due out I would suspect around the same time as the 25th Anniversary 2-Disc Edition in late July 2004.

Final Thoughts:

1. Avoid buying the Anchor Bay Entertainment release if you can wait less than 2 months from todays date June 13th. The wait will definitely be worth it. If you own this version already as I do, then I would recommend donating this release to the local public library for a tax break when the new versions, especially the 2-Disc set, come in.

Expect from the newer versions as a recap.

1. Excellent Frame-to-Frame Picture Quality from start-to-finish and Full Elimination of Film Blur.
2. Excellent Frame-to-Frame Color correction bringing the movie to life.
3. Excellent Sound Treatment for fully enhanced dialog clarity, punchy sound effects, and a robust musical score getting more crisp.

If these do indeed happen as Media Blasters Enterainment Studios are indicating, then this film goes from a 4 to a 5 plus.

3-0 out of 5 stars I have revised my opinion of this movie
The first few times I saw this film ,I hated it. I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about,but I really wanted to see this film as others saw it(only because so many people love it). So,it was a really hot,dark evening with a thunderstorm threatening to knock the power out,and I was really bored and regretting not buying Torso at the mall earlier, so I pulled out my copy of Zombie and set out to watch it. Lo and behold, I was very entertained and managed to scare myself silly(storms and Italian horror movies make a scary combination). The beginning is somewhat slow, but does a good job setting up the story. There's a zombie here, a zombie there,just enough to show you something's up. By the time they get to the island,though,things really start heating up. All of a sudden,there's zombies everywhere, and these aren't the shambling, blue-skinned ghouls of Dawn of the Dead. These are friggin nasty looking suckers. They have worms crawling through their eye sockets,and their flesh is all rotted and hanging from their bodies. Fulci got the throat-rippings right too, with pulsing blood spurting all over the place. The gore is absolutely superb,especially for 1979, and makes Dawn(another film I was never fond of) look like a sunday school picnic. That said, many people will be bound to hate this film. Some will be bored, some will be nauseated, and some will just laugh. But it's still worth checking out, and if you hate it, you can always scare your friends with it(I have a friend who is deathly afraid of zombies;I already showed her Dawn and Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things,now this...hehe...fun...). I also love Italian horror now, I have no clue why I said before that I didn't (bad brain...bad! Lying is bad, you get a spanking now...hehe... :)).

5-0 out of 5 stars THE VERY VERY BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 100.000.000 STARS!!!!!!!!!
THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST ZOMBIE FLICK EVER MADE IN MY OPINION!!!! I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION 2 DISC SET TO BE RELEASED ITS ABOUT TIME THIS FLICK GETS THE RESPECT IT DESERVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THERE IS NOT MUCH ELSE TO SAY EXCEPT THAT FULCI IS GOD!!!!!!!!! later on fellow horror fans!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars ZOMBIE
EVERYTHING A ZOMBIE MOVIE SHOULD BE! VERY GORY AND SCARY. ONE OF THE BEST ZOMBIE FLICKS AROUND.NICE AND MOODY FEELING.DEFINITELY WORTH THE PURCHASE. GET IT!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME ZOMBIE FLICK!!!
When you think of the all time great zombie movies George A Romero's trilogy "Night of the Living Dead" , "Dawn of the Dead" and "Day of the Dead" most likely come to mind. Lucio Fulci's "Zombie", which has been called a sequel to the above mentioned "Dawn of the Dead", doesn't seem to be as popular and not as well known (at least around here) as Romero's trilogy. However, I believe Zombie is almost as good as the above mentioned

Plot is simple; Tisa Farrow plays Ann Bowles, when Ann discovers her father's boat to be abandoned in the New York Harbor her and reporter Peter West(Ian McCulloch) go searching for answers. Their search takes them to the small island of Matool where an unknown virus makes the dead stand up and walk, and of course they do much more than just walk. The plot is so simple yet extremely effective. The movie does move a bit slowly and the acting isn't very impressive but everything that makes a great horror movie is presented, creepy score, spooky elements, extreme gore and the most realistic, best looking zombies of any zombie movie I've ever seen.

This was only the second Fulci film I've seen but from seeing those two movies and reading other reviews it's easy to see a couple of Fulci's trademarks, bad dubbing and extreme gore. The killing scenes were awesome!! A big splinter through an eyeball, zombies feasting on dead woman's guts (that's pretty nasty!) and my favorite, a zombie tearing at the jugular of a woman as blood squirts out and shoots everywhere. If you haven't seen this movie yet and your a fan of horror movies add this one to your collection!! ... Read more


4. Lizard in a Woman's Skin
Director: Lucio Fulci
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Asin: B00008QSB4
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Sales Rank: 22253
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Description

This 1971 classic is key for any Fulchi collection.A woman's nightmarish fantasies of murder and sadism come to life.Contains the legendary disemboweled dogs scene, courtesy of Carlo Rambaldi's special effects.Stars Florinda Bolkan, Jean Sorel, Silvia Monti, Stanley Baker and Anita Strindberg. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Oh,Media Blasters where is it?
We (the Eurohorror fans) are already waiting more than a year for this release.Where is it??
I haven't seen the film yet,but according to many this is better than Don't Torture A Duckling.
All we can do is wait I suppose :-(
Only one star for the waiting...will be more when/if it arrives....
Cheers,
"Crystal Plumage" ... Read more


5. The Beyond
Director: Lucio Fulci
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Asin: 6305972052
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Average Customer Review: 3.87 out of 5 stars
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Lucio "King of the Eyeball Gag" Fulci made his namewith a series of gory, gooey horror epics, and The Beyond stands aboveall as his outr&eacute; masterpiece. The largely incoherent plot has something to dowith a turn-of-the-century curse and a doorway to hell in the cellar of an old New Orleans hotel. Fulci shows his usual sensitivity with wooden acting, clumsydialogue, and buckets of oozing blood and pus, but don't let that get inthe way of enjoying this mad tale of zombies from hellinvading Earth and eating their way through a cast of humans: crucified martyrs, blindvisionaries, creepy hotel handymen, befuddled cops, and a plucky pair ofheroes desperately fleeing a horde of hungry undead. The blood-red artdirection is eerily beautiful, and Fulci's relentless long takes, punctuated by jolting shock cuts and eruptions of grotesque violence, create a moodof sheer paranoid horror right down to the final, mind-bending image. Anddon't forget the Fulci claim to fame: eyes are gouged out, eaten away,melted with acid, and (shudder) popped out by a spike through the back ofthe skull. Yech! If you dare ignore such piddling details as narrativelogic and let yourself get carried away on the creepy visuals, it's adeliciously stylish treat, an edgy bit of gothic gore pitched in all itsbone-crunching, flesh-ripping, organ-splatting glory. This sadistic,sanguinary hell-spawn tale is for gore-hounds only.

The DVD features chatty but largely jokey commentary by David Warbeck andCatriona MacColl and an alternate German credits sequence featuring Fulci's preferred sepia-tinged prologue (but no alternate footage). --SeanAxmaker ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond, The... (1981) d: Fulci, Lucio
A great selling Laser Disc, and one of the most anticipated films in the Anchor Bay catalogue, Lucio Fulci's The Beyond is finally here. Despite being pieced together with ideas from other film sources - such as The Sentinel (1977), Suspiria (1976), and Inferno (1980) this picture is possibly Lucio Fulci's finest movie. A contemporary horror film about a Louisiana hotel haunted by the living dead, and it is found to be built over top one of the seven gateways to Hell. ...Regular Lucio Fulci heroine Catriona MacColl inherits the haunted hotel along with her helpmate, David Warbeck [both on the commentary track], and she has to endure a number of frightening supernatural manifestations before the climax. The plot could be a little thicker, but the film has many controversial gory moments that make it worth while. A plumber has his eyes gouged out, a maid gets an acid to her melting face, a dog rips a woman's throat out, and venomous spiders strip a man's flesh from his bones. Extras on this disc include the color German version of the Roger Corman inspired [Haunted Palace (1963)] pre credit sequence, instead of the more familiar sepia-tinted US and UK versions. The DVD also contains a blood splattered video by Ohio based Death Metal band Necrophagia directed by Jim [Deadbeat At Dawn / My Sweet Satan] Van Bebber.

4-0 out of 5 stars Its all about the visuals in The Beyond
And the visuals are astounding. The camera and the director breathe in and revel in every shot, their attention is totally unwavering and they have an eye for the beauty in the scenes, actors, and in the horror as well. Frankly, I couldnt take my eyes off it if I tried, it demands your attention.
Find me any film let alone a horror film from 1983 that looks so crystal clear, so well framed, and so well filmed, its impossible. This film is timeless in that respect, if you told someone this was a 1980's period piece that was filmed in the late 1990's they'd believe you.

Like all Italian horror of the time, the emphasis wasnt put on the script, which is being generous to some of the scenes.

The visuals rule the day though and win out, the quality of all these elements puts you in a forgiving mood for the lesser qualities of the film.

Haunting in a good way.

3-0 out of 5 stars If this is the best of Italian Horror then shoot me.
Ok, it is obvious that the majority of Italian horror fans feel that character developement, good story, and most importantly, good acting are not iportant factors when creating a horror movie. This film is considered by many Italian Horror films to be one of the best, if not the best Italian horror movie ever shot. Though the story isn't to bad, the acting and the character developement are NO WHERE to be found! There are TONS of scenes where you the victum had seconds if not minutes to escape some slowly approaching zombies or what ever, but rather decided to screw around until they were killed, transformed or what ever. It's almost as if Lucio did this on purpose so that he could squeeze an extra long gore sceen into the picture. Like where the young girl walks in to see her mom collapsed on the floor, with her face being slowly eaten away by acid...

...you would think she'd run away, but rather, she decides to make her self at home. I can NOT stand idiotic moments in horror films like that.

On a good note, the gore in this movie is AWSOME for the most part. There are a few sceens that could use some serious work, but for the most part, most scenes turn out great!

It is too bad for Lucio, his films were definatly visually disturbing, and at times almost creepy, if it were not for the comlpletely un-creepy sound tracks, horrible acting, and over abundance of moments where the victum could have escaped, but chose not to apparently.

Your better off with Zombie, or Zombie Hell House, two of his other films that are still imperfect, are MUCH better than this over rated piece of crap...

...that happens to have kool death scenes! :)

Buy it for the gore, but don't expect to enjoy everything in between.

2-0 out of 5 stars Uncut? yeah right
This is not uncut, at least the version I received was not. The only place you'll see the uncut footage is in the Necrophagia video in the extras. I am so angry right now that they butchered this great movie. The movie itself I give a 5, I had to rate it as a 2 though for the version I received. Still angry.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best DVD commentary EVER!
No matter what your feelings may be regarding the quality of "The Beyond" as a movie, this DVD is worth the price of purchase for the commentary by the film's hapless stars David Warbeck and Catriona MacColl. If you're sick to death of narcoleptic commentaries by tedious filmmakers describing camera set-ups or Hollywood stars blowing smoke up each other's arses, this is the commentary for you. Fresh from a boozy lunch, Mr Warbeck and Ms MacColl affectionately recall the horrors of working in the Italian film industry, (...) about their co-stars and create an extraordinary portrait of director Lucio Fulci all the while name-dropping furiously and trying to outdo each other in admiring their own performances. Warbeck is especially endearing as he reels off a string of off-colour jokes at the film's expense and MacColl is very entertaining particularly when her ladylike reserve is upset during the gore scenes which she obviously has trouble watching. All of this is delivered by two chums clearly delighted to be sitting down together having a good old chat after all this time. It's DVD commentary as it should be: entertaining. Highly recommended. ... Read more


6. The Lucio Fulci Collection Volume 2 (Manhattan Baby/The New York Ripper)
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4-0 out of 5 stars ONE GOOD FILM IN THIS SET....
I went for this 2 disc set because it did not work out much more than buying 1 film on it's own, but only liked one of the films,that being The new york Ripper.The case boasts that both films are razor sharp transfers,this is not a lie.ok so they do not look brand new but have been cleaned up pretty well for the age of the films.I knew that Fulci's films were supposed to be fairly shocking,but the ripper does not dissapoint for sleazy nudity ,sex and violence at all.it is not as hardcore as say,baise moi,but sex/horror fans should be pleased with this,even if the effects have dated badly now.The 'quacking' killer taunting the cops as many others have commented does also seem a bit ludicrous.The film is also a passable thriller in it's own right.
unfortunatelay, I cannot find much good stuff to say about Manhattan baby.The story,effects acting etc do not make up much of a movie for me,maybe one for real Fulci fanatics.Let's face it,the producer admits on the making of feature on the dvd'the budget was slashed and we basically ended up with a poor movie' That summed it up,and I watched it sadly as well(before viewing the extras!)Anyway,I will definetly be checking out some more of Lucio Fulci's movies when I get a chance,it was very interesting to see what all the fuss was about,and not being completeley dissapointed for a change.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice Package
Here are a couple of diverse goodies. Manhattan Baby is my favorite of the two. Not as much gore as most of Fulci's stuff but a very good story about a girl possesed by evil. New York Ripper on the other hand is a more typical slasher flic with a high body count and perhaps one of the most brutal murder scenes i have seen in the movies. Anchor Bay has done great things with these movies as the picture and sound quality is very good.

4-0 out of 5 stars Like A Controversial Value Meal
Anchor Bays collections of newly released, more importantly UNCUT, Italian horror movies are impressive, and these two are no exception to that rule. The movies themselves, two highly disputed - each in their own rights - films, are worth a watch, one for mood and one for its bloody wholesomeness, and this set works as well. The picture quality, especially compared to earlier takes on both movies, is good considering the alternatives, the interviews are worthwhile in explaining exactly why Lucio chose to do the films, and the price is a good deal when you factor in separate costs.
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Manhattan Baby
Manhattan Baby, considered a failure by many critics that wanted Fulci to conform to the formula of horror that made him successful, was actually one of his more entertaining movies. This was because it did break from the proverbial mould, building more on a storyline and an ever-present, overwhelming scene of doom. Unlike many of his earlier movies (Zombie, The Beyond) that brought this bleak overview with them as well, Lucio decided to try a new avenue in this presentation, one that only briefly sprinkled gore into the cinematic formula, causing much of the fallout experienced. He said that he wanted to present a more metaphysical terror, using a small array of special effects in the process, that would give his film a more Catholicist, "evil can be beaten but not truly destroyed," mentality. Well, mission accomplished.
The storyline, with its Egyptian focal point, deals with the manifestation of an ancient evil that is awaken (and overused) by a little girl after her foolishly curious archeologist father prods at things best left alone. It has some nice scenes with pieces of dark humor mixed together with catchy "manifesations/proofs of the dark forces present," plus some humorously cheap scenes that keep the movie from taking itself too serious. All in all, its fun and a bit dark at the same time, and is a good film for horror lovers/Lucio fans that remember his Sci-fi trials/Westerners and not simply his gore films.

NewYork Ripper
Sometimes it seems that Lucio, one of the better gore/horror directors to have ever graced the screen, and his releases, ranging from Zombie, The Beyond, Demonia, The New Gladiators, Four of the Apocalypse, can't get a break. Well, The New York Ripper, overly wrought with commentary about unpleasantry that "shocks" and an "overriding unpleasantness (that) makes it an acquired taste at best," is no exception to the bias rule. Railroaded by critics for a sadistic approach to serial killing (and leaving me to wonder when serial killing became a flower picking contest in the process) and then banned by most international venues except in the most butchered formats, this exceptionally brutal film mingles many facets together to paint a bleak rendition of what drives men to murder.
We are given the oddities of a serial killer that chooses a Donald Ducklike voice (which is later explained in the movie) as he vents his anger on the unsuspecting female population of New York and plays mind games with the detective supposedly hot on his trail. Filled with razor blades slicing through varied body parts, throats meeting unfortunate demises, people acquiring unfortunate limps, and an almost sad ending, this movies meets the criteria of something pleasantly contrived.

If you adhere to the opinions of the general public, then perhaps the horror of Field of Dreams would be more to your liking. On the other hand, if you enjoy a fully uncut presentation of gore and serial killing, you'll love this. ... Read more


7. The New York Ripper
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3-0 out of 5 stars Not Fulci's best, but well worth the time and money
This graphic little thriller may as well be one of the sickest serial killer flicks around, but its very satisfying. Not that anyone would watch this movie for its social value. Its a Fulci film. Gore is what you come for, and i tell you gore is what you get. Women are gutted, torn open with a broken bottle, slashed with razor blades (in one of filmdome's most sleazy scenes), and sucumb to overdone throat slashings. Gore fans, don't miss this, its a classic. Women, wimps, and old people: Just stay away.

1-0 out of 5 stars Donald Duck on a killing spree!
I simply cannot understand why Lucio Fulci has many devoted fans. So far I've seen The house by the cemetary, Manhattan baby, Zombie, City of the living dead and this one. What's good about this director? Seriously?
Commenting on this film only; It's horribly acted, plain disgusting, cheap looking, badly photographed. In fact everything about this film spells: AMATEUR.
And all of the above mentioned films by Fulci are about as good as this one.
Best of all; the scary killer makes noises like a duck when he's slaying. PLEASE!
Some of my friends keep telling me to view "Don't torture a duckling" before I brand Fulci perminantly, so I will. I hope it's better than these films.

4-0 out of 5 stars Classic Fulci
I dont know why this movie is bashed and made fun of. In my opinion, its classic italian horror. Its contraversial subject matter, and not to mention, overall violence make it something great. I wouldn't call it a basic slasher. It goes beyond that. Its psychological elements also show that it has something of a storyline (unlike most other italian gore epics). So what if the killer talks like a duck. It amused me, anyway...

4-0 out of 5 stars A Surprise
This was a surprising Fulci movie to watch. Of course the dubbing is something not worthwhile, but the acting is surprisingly good. It lacks much gore that his previous films contained, which is the reason why I gave this four stars, and the violence is unpleasant to watch, but it was a well-plotted movie.

4-0 out of 5 stars Start Spreading The News.......
As you'll read numerous times over, this is Fulci's most unpleasant , sleazy and ugly film. I think there's two reasons for this: 1) It's all centered in the real world as opposed to the supernatural world Fulci is known for, thus losing the fantasy element. 2) Alot of sex. If someone's not having sex or prancing around naked, there's always some sexual undercurrent going on, making this quite sleazy. In my opinion, the most disgusting scene being, not one of violence, but a game of "footsie" that seems to go on for ten minutes. This part is really bizarre, surreal, and just plain yucky. Yeah, we all know the plot: A sadistic serial killer(is there any other kind?) slices women up into olive loaf, taunts hard boiled detective, tra-la, tra-la. The plot's nothing new, but this is Fulci, people! Which means you get all the trademark gore from his supernatural horrors transplanted to a slasher flick. You also get all the bad dubbing, acting and funky tunes translated too. Basically, if you like his other stuff, you'll like this coz it's still a gory Fulci horror flick-it's certainly not gonna appeal to anyone else! There's a pretty crazy scene when our "duck" killer is slicing up a woman tied to a bed. This is pretty whack! Does Fulci shy away from the carnage and let your mind fill in the gaps? Nosiree, Bob! He just lets you sit back and watch the killer drag a razor blade across the poor girl's eye! Yikes! Sure it looks fake as hell, but it's what it represents that counts. I'm willing to bet by the feel of this film that Fulci's girlfriend must have left him around this time or something, coz he doesn't seem to like women too much here. This film comes across as a way of lashing out or something. Sure it's very juvenile and Type O Negative-ish, but it does make for an entertaining movie. ... Read more


8. Zombi 3
Director: Lucio Fulci, Bruno Mattei
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3-0 out of 5 stars aka Zombie Flesh Eaters 2: A Missed Opportunity
If you get to see the trailer for this film, it is likely that your first reaction will be 'Wow ! It looks really pacy and exciting if a little silly'. See the whole film and you'll doubtless soon realise that 'Zombi 3' was a real wasted opportunity.
Overall, it is a poor film and derivative even by 'Living dead' movie standards (and that's saying something), but has some excellent moments which frustrate the viewer by indicating how good the film could have been. So what is good ?
1) The lush tropical setting, reminiscent of 'Contamination' and 'Day of the Dead'.
2) The guys in the white decontamination suits, reminiscent of 'The Crazies' (and 'Contamination').
3) The first machette-wielding zombie who attacks Beatrice Ring with real vigour (now that's what I call action and aggression).
4) The flying head (yes, it's stupid but a moment of gonzoid genius)
5) The moment when the blond soldier pulls the girl out of the pond (you'll have to see it yourself)
6) The soundtrack -which Amazon.com don't sell even though it is available, but be warned the soundtrack CD does not contain the most exciting bit of uptempo music from the film.
7) Beatrice Ring, who plays an annoying insipid character, but is cute.

What's bad ? The dialogue (is it badly translated or just very badly written), the dubbing (remember now that this is an Italian horror movie, so you should be prepared for this), the influence of 'Return of the Living Dead' and 'Day of the Dead' on the script and the fact that it was written by the guy who wrote 'hell of the Living Dead' (aka 'Zombie Creeping Flesh'). In fact, you could argue that 'Zombi 3' is a superior remake of the latter film. Finally, the silly DJ reminiscent of the DJ in 'Vanishing Point' whose dialogue belongs in a very poor seventies exploitation flick.
Now you're thinking 'he doesn't like it'. Wrong. This is a fun movie that all horror fans should enjoy: if you don't then you'll never understand what a missed opportunity is or how to have a good laugh at the more absurd moments in horror history...
Finally, the DVD quality. This 'Shriek Show' edition is very good, including as it does a 5 minute pre-credit introduction previously only available on Japanese versions. This extra material is taken from a 1" video master (the only surving source|) so is low quality compared to the rest of the film, which looks great, much better than the UK edition. BUT several of the gore scenes seem to be lifted from a similarly poor video master, which is unforgivable - the UK edition is better in this repsect. This is bizarre, as the Trailer (which included, and is as I've said one of the most exciting trailers I've ever seen) contains some of these scenes in a pristine transfer) , but overall the film looks miles better than other versions, despite the white haloes around many of the characters in bright scenes, presumably the result of poor lighting/shading control due to the low budget. Also included are trailers for other nasty Italian horrors like 'Beyond the Darkness'(which looks as perverse as you's expect) 'Spasmo' (which looks like a typically silly low quality giallo) and 'House of Clocks' (which just looks like garbage). The package is rounded off with 40 minutes of interviews with some of the stars, second unit director Bruno Mattei and screenwriter Claudio Fragrasso, all basically about Lucio Fulci, clearing up the issue of which bits of the film he directed (sadly no interview with Beatrice Ring) - basically, the 'Contamination' suited guys, the crap scientists and even stupider military men were pretty much all shot by Mattei, Fragrasso using elements of his own 'Zombie Creeping Flesh'/'Hell of the Living Dead' and 'Return of the Living Dead'. Perhaps a true Fulci cut, minus this stuff will emerge one day - it will only be about 50 minutes long, will need the gore scenes restored from a pristine source and contain a Beatrice Ring interview (plus new, more effectively written dialogue would be something) all in DTS sound. Any Fulci purist labels out there willing to take this on ?

1-0 out of 5 stars What happens when morons take over for a Master
Lucio fulci left the set of Zombi 3 for 2 reasons, he was working with complete idiots and he was still suffering from Hepetitis. Very sick and upset at the way the film was turning out he left and the production was taken over by a former house painter. No wonder Fulci called this film "Complete #@%@!" Fulci himself is only responsible for about 20 minutes of screen time and boy can you tell the difference. The film begins good enough with an exploding Zombie, a gunfight and a man escaping after being "infected" with some sort of ooze that turns him into a crazy murderer who enjoys pushing poor hotel maids faces into mirror's. From then on the movie takes a silly turn for the worst. The acting is horrid, the effects get worse and the cinematography is mind blowingly bad. At one point a Zombi attacks our "actors?" at a garage and for some odd reason the film is speeded up and gives the whole shot a comical, kung fu movie on speed look. Put it this way, I havent even finshed it yet it was that bad. I have about 30 minutes to go and if it all of a sudden redeems itself I will come back and beg forgiveness. I have a strong feeling no begging will be in order. I am anxiously awaiting the New Release of Fulci's Zombi, being released as Zombi 2 in a special uncut collectors DVD. I cant wait!

4-0 out of 5 stars FUNNY AS HELL AND A BIT SCARY
sweet this movie is funny as hell and for the price wow a must buy for zombie fans oh and heres a tip this movie is zombie 2 name just changed and zombi 2 is zombie.

3-0 out of 5 stars Zombi 3 : Something to hvae fun with
Many people enjoy ripping on this film... and hell, I dont blame them at all. It definetly is one of the worst zombie films ever made. It is something to laugh at and have fun with, though. I like this movie solely for entertainment value and how laughable and silly it really is. Dawn of The Dead is my all time favorite film... I love fulci's Zombie and I currently own about 20 zombie films. Im a gigantic fan of the sub-genre... and I still find this to be sub-par. I dont think anyone should really take it seriously. I dont blame Fulci for walking out on it. I still reccomend this film and Zombie 4 if you want an entertaining, low-budget zombie film that you can laugh at.

1-0 out of 5 stars Glad I rented it first!
I remember seeing this movie in a video store. So, I decided to rent it. All I can say is, I'm so glad I rented it, first. This movie was such a waste. Nothing at all what I expected. After I saw this movie, I kicked myself for even wasting the money to rent it. But, had I bought it. I would have been really mad. It's not even worth renting! Everything is bad in this movie. You name it. It was bad. ... Read more


9. Four of the Apocalypse
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3-0 out of 5 stars weird and bloody
This isn't your typical spaghetti western - you know the sort - lot's of glowering faces, silly dialogue and violent action that crops up every five minutes or so. This operates on a slower, more pretentious level. The dialogue is still silly, the glowering faces are still there, but instead of numerous action sequences, Fulci gives us a slow, pretentious - almost dreamlike - affair. It's supposed to be one of his personal favourites, and it does have that air of "the director doing his thing" about it. Lots of "meaningful" but somehow unrelated sequences strung together to give an incoherant whole. The violence, when it comes, is pretty strong stuff: there's an opening massacre that has no bearing on the plot whatsoever, a scene where a sherrif gets skinned alive (while the heroes stand by doing nothing, for some strange reason), a rape, cannabalism and torture. But it's not the stuff of westerns - it belongs more in the realm of horror films or thrillers (in fact, compare this film with Fulci's earlier western, Massacre Time, and you can see that Apocalypse is really a precursor to his ultra-bloody and silly horror flicks of the 80s, where long bouts of inactivity and inane dialogue are punctuated by extreme gore). Apparently, in order to woo audiences back to a dying genre, the spaghetti westerns became increasingly explicit in their depiction of violence (it didn't work - this was one of the last westerns made). For a better example, check out Majanna. So why 3 stars? Well, it is a strangely haunting film. Maybe it;'s the cinemaphotography, or Tomas Milian's over-the-top performance as Chaco (the DVD features a great interview with him and Fabio Testi), or even the out-of-place 70s style soundtrack. Or maybe it's a combination of all the above (and the gore, of course). But be warned. If you like your spaghettis fast and furious, stay away.

4-0 out of 5 stars A unique Western
It's unusual to see a Western in which an extended sequence is devoted to giving birth. And when you combine that with other scenes that include torture and rape, it's definitely unique. Even so, the torture scene is cheesy (the fake skin and blood are ridiculously obvious), and the rape scene is really not that graphic (the juicy parts are not shown). BUT--now add to this peculiar mixture a serious alcoholic and a total nutjob who cavorts in cemeteries and winds up being a cannibal and you could honestly say there is truly no other Western like this one.

Fulci here includes elements much more characteristic of his horror films that were just around the corner, but with the birthing scene--in which all the townsfolk (all men) are genuinely sympathetic and warm--he shows a side of him that no one familiar with his work ever would have suspected.

While it's true that the three or four songs in the soundtrack come close to ruining the film--these songs are way beyond cheesy; they're putrid--the presence of Tomas Milian as the evil Chaco does much to counteract the effect of the songs. This character is not one-dimensionally evil. At first he helps the four stragglers (the gambler, the prostitute, the drunk and the nutjob) by shooting oodles of wild game. When he turns bad it's a pleasure to watch, because he does so much more subtly than is usually portrayed in Euro-Westerns.

This is a truly curious blending of various elements that set it apart, without question, from any other Western around, Euro or American. If you can get past the terrible songs (at least they don't take up the majority of the soundtrack), this is a film worth seeing.

2-0 out of 5 stars This is an apocolpyse??
I think Fulci put that in the title (or however it translates to in Italian) to capitalize on his yet as unrealized desire to create superb horror. Westerns were not his forte' There is some violence, but it goes out of it's way to be gratuitous. There is an annoying song that is used throughout half of the movie. There is a kickass villian who sould've gotten more screen time. And there is loads of Fulcian nilhism that both the story and this view could've done without.

2-0 out of 5 stars HORROR AND WESTERN : AN IMPROBABLE COUPLE
FOUR OF THE APOCALYPSE, a movie directed by Lucio Fulci in 1975, has been released by Anchor Bay in its superb Spaghetti Western collection. Lucio Fulci is best known for his horror movies directed in the 70's and in the beginning of the 80's, movies that are appreciated by a certain number of aficionados.

If I'm very fond of the movies of Mario Bava and Dario Argento, I've always been reluctant in front of Fulci's filmography. In my opinion, this director has crossed the frontier between the horror movie and the pure filming of disgusting images that can only please special effects fans or would-be butchers and surgeons.

When these horror elements are found in a western, their gratuitousness is patent, these scenes don't bring anything to the action and are simply disgusting. Why do Tomas Milian suddenly feel the urge to skin alive the sheriff who was chasing him ? For no good reason at all except for the pleasure of the director and of a few fans.

Furthermore, FOUR OF THE APOCALYPSE is a subpar western with a lot of ridiculous scenes such as the delivery of Bonny in a small town lost in the Utah mountains and the encounter of a group of fundamentalists in the middle of the desert. The characters are shallow and even the last shootout is failed.

A DVD zone they like it but I don't.

3-0 out of 5 stars Uneven, nihilistic, sentimental, riveting
This is a strange film. It's a dreamy, hypnotic Western, and Fulci was evidently developing the weird dream aesthetics that permeated THE BEYOND and HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY. There are some brilliant sequences: the opening massacre; Chaco's torturing of a lawman; the travelling through the desert sequences, and others are a marvel. But the film can't sustain this. Sentimentality ruins the film. There are too many extended death bed scenes and too much gushing warmth. The sequences of dread are far more convincing. The film takes a massive detour into sentimentality and takes ages to get back. But the final showdown between Stubby and Chaco is brilliant: the penultimate image of Stubby's shattered narcissism is unforgettable.

The dvd is fine. Picture is excellent, and an interesting interview with the film's stars: the brilliant actors Tomas Milian and Fabio Testi.

Overall, an interesting film, one that I wish was the masterpiece that it could have been. You'll like it, but you'll wish you could like it better. ... Read more


10. The Beyond (Limited Edition)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond, The... (1981) d: Fulci, Lucio
A great selling Laser Disc, and one of the most anticipated films in the Anchor Bay catalogue, Lucio Fulci's The Beyond is finally here. Despite being pieced together with ideas from other film sources - such as The Sentinel (1977), Suspiria (1976), and Inferno (1980) this picture is possibly Lucio Fulci's finest movie. A contemporary horror film about a Louisiana hotel haunted by the living dead, and it is found to be built over top one of the seven gateways to Hell. ...Regular Lucio Fulci heroine Catriona MacColl inherits the haunted hotel along with her helpmate, David Warbeck [both on the commentary track], and she has to endure a number of frightening supernatural manifestations before the climax. The plot could be a little thicker, but the film has many controversial gory moments that make it worth while. A plumber has his eyes gouged out, a maid gets an acid to her melting face, a dog rips a woman's throat out, and venomous spiders strip a man's flesh from his bones. Extras on this disc include the color German version of the Roger Corman inspired [Haunted Palace (1963)] pre credit sequence, instead of the more familiar sepia-tinted US and UK versions. The DVD also contains a blood splattered video by Ohio based Death Metal band Necrophagia directed by Jim [Deadbeat At Dawn / My Sweet Satan] Van Bebber.

4-0 out of 5 stars Its all about the visuals in The Beyond
And the visuals are astounding. The camera and the director breathe in and revel in every shot, their attention is totally unwavering and they have an eye for the beauty in the scenes, actors, and in the horror as well. Frankly, I couldnt take my eyes off it if I tried, it demands your attention.
Find me any film let alone a horror film from 1983 that looks so crystal clear, so well framed, and so well filmed, its impossible. This film is timeless in that respect, if you told someone this was a 1980's period piece that was filmed in the late 1990's they'd believe you.

Like all Italian horror of the time, the emphasis wasnt put on the script, which is being generous to some of the scenes.

The visuals rule the day though and win out, the quality of all these elements puts you in a forgiving mood for the lesser qualities of the film.

Haunting in a good way.

3-0 out of 5 stars If this is the best of Italian Horror then shoot me.
Ok, it is obvious that the majority of Italian horror fans feel that character developement, good story, and most importantly, good acting are not iportant factors when creating a horror movie. This film is considered by many Italian Horror films to be one of the best, if not the best Italian horror movie ever shot. Though the story isn't to bad, the acting and the character developement are NO WHERE to be found! There are TONS of scenes where you the victum had seconds if not minutes to escape some slowly approaching zombies or what ever, but rather decided to screw around until they were killed, transformed or what ever. It's almost as if Lucio did this on purpose so that he could squeeze an extra long gore sceen into the picture. Like where the young girl walks in to see her mom collapsed on the floor, with her face being slowly eaten away by acid...

...you would think she'd run away, but rather, she decides to make her self at home. I can NOT stand idiotic moments in horror films like that.

On a good note, the gore in this movie is AWSOME for the most part. There are a few sceens that could use some serious work, but for the most part, most scenes turn out great!

It is too bad for Lucio, his films were definatly visually disturbing, and at times almost creepy, if it were not for the comlpletely un-creepy sound tracks, horrible acting, and over abundance of moments where the victum could have escaped, but chose not to apparently.

Your better off with Zombie, or Zombie Hell House, two of his other films that are still imperfect, are MUCH better than this over rated piece of crap...

...that happens to have kool death scenes! :)

Buy it for the gore, but don't expect to enjoy everything in between.

2-0 out of 5 stars Uncut? yeah right
This is not uncut, at least the version I received was not. The only place you'll see the uncut footage is in the Necrophagia video in the extras. I am so angry right now that they butchered this great movie. The movie itself I give a 5, I had to rate it as a 2 though for the version I received. Still angry.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best DVD commentary EVER!
No matter what your feelings may be regarding the quality of "The Beyond" as a movie, this DVD is worth the price of purchase for the commentary by the film's hapless stars David Warbeck and Catriona MacColl. If you're sick to death of narcoleptic commentaries by tedious filmmakers describing camera set-ups or Hollywood stars blowing smoke up each other's arses, this is the commentary for you. Fresh from a boozy lunch, Mr Warbeck and Ms MacColl affectionately recall the horrors of working in the Italian film industry, (...) about their co-stars and create an extraordinary portrait of director Lucio Fulci all the while name-dropping furiously and trying to outdo each other in admiring their own performances. Warbeck is especially endearing as he reels off a string of off-colour jokes at the film's expense and MacColl is very entertaining particularly when her ladylike reserve is upset during the gore scenes which she obviously has trouble watching. All of this is delivered by two chums clearly delighted to be sitting down together having a good old chat after all this time. It's DVD commentary as it should be: entertaining. Highly recommended. ... Read more


11. Don't Torture a Duckling
Director: Lucio Fulci
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The oddly titled Don't Torture a Duckling (taken from a minorplot point) is one of director Lucio Fulci's most linear and conventional narratives, relying more on story and mystery than on gore and atmospherics. In a rural Italian village, young boys turn up dead, and the authorities are stumped as to who the murderer is. A reporter lends his efforts to the hunt for the killer, many red herrings turn up, and more kids are murdered while the police search for the culprit. A sexually liberated young woman from Milan, a local witch, and the village idiot all fall under suspicion until the killer is uncovered. Gone is much of the director's trademark visual style, replaced with the blinding sunlight of an Italian summer for a hyperrealistic feel (though Fulci's affinity for the zoom shot and deep focus comes through). More tellingly, though, Fulci points toward the superstition and ignorance of the villagers as being as dangerous and destructive as the murderer himself. Also, the film's vehemently anti-Catholic sentiment had to have been controversial at the time of its release. Fans of the giallo and Italian horror in general would do well to seek out this film for an example of Lucio Fulci at his most grim and serious. --Jerry Renshaw ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Wot, no Zombies?
Why does this film have such an odd title? Does it include zombie ducks? Or exessive scenes of bird torture? No. Sorry, Fulci horror buffs may be disappointed with this one, but it's actually a pretty good film. It's more of a "giallo" mystery, concerning the murders of young boys in a small rural village, and does provide an entertaining story, but with hardly any gore, and a tiny bit of completely gratuitous nudity from Barbera Bouchet in a completely wasted role. Well, some scenes showing the corpses of small children may upset viewers, but there isn't really much to upset the stomach, as no child murders are graphically shown. What is most memorable, however is the sickening death that accompanies the climactic unmasking in the final few minutes, a seriously unpleasant scene involving a cliff edge, but capped with a surprisingly poetic denouement...worth holding out for. This film has certain similarities with Argento shockers, but it wasn't until later, with the mind-boggling "Aenigma" that Fulci really tried to copy Argento ("Aenigma" is "Phenomena" with snails!!) Try that one for size, it's hilarious, but watch "Don't Torture a Duckling" in a more serious mood, and you will enjoy it as a surprisingly effective film.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Psychosocial Giallo
DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING is a rare bird in Lucio Fulci's very gilded cage of horror. Made a good seven years before his gorefests, starting with the excellent ZOMBIE, that defined his reputation here in America and the rest of the world, DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING is just as intense and brutal, if a bit less gruesome, than the typical Fulci fan is used to. Yet still in all, the story alone (co-written by Fulci) is as much a testament to Fulci's uncompromising and gutsy approach to horror and suspense as any gore scene in his later films (two scenes ended up starting off two later Fulci films). Hell, even the great Dario Argento says that this is one of Fulci's best films (it says so on the cover), and after my first viewing of DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING on New Year's Eve, I can see why; I also saw a lot of George Romeroesque social commentary in this film.
Child murders and disappearances are very galvanizing experiences for any society, especially in a town like in this movie. Everybody is desperate for answers as to who would do such a horrible thing. There have even been a few cases where some townspeople resort to vigilante behavior towards a suspect to satisfy their need for justice. Fulci handles this story in a surprisingly tasteful matter, with only two instances of violence against children; the fact that little boys are being murdered is shocking enough!
There are no likeable characters in the village, which makes the story more immediate and brutal. Even the little boys that are the targets of murder are portrayed as nasty (e.g., spying on naked people, killing animals with slingshots). The recent scandal with Michael Jackson gives more importance to the story arc involving Patrizia, whom one of the boys sees naked. The only character with any appeal is the reporter Andrea Martelli, who is covering the murders. That character is like the outsider that Argento gets you to identify with in his movies, and that plot device works wonders in this story.
The chain-whipping of a local Wiccan by three men as pop music plays from a car radio is the most psychosocially relevant scene in horror history. It speaks volumes about how far some people will go to achieve a degree of justice in the wake of horrible crimes. In this case, these men are driven by superstition since the woman claimed to have placed a spell on the boys because they were messing around her property. That entire sequence, appropiately hard to watch and grisly, tells you all about the moral decay of the entire village. Fulci also used a chain-whipping scene to kick off THE BEYOND, my favorite Fulci film, and it holds the same meaning.
*SPOILER ALERT* We all know how terrifying killers are in slasher movies, but imagine the killer being somebody who should protect you-such as a Clergyman. Just as Romero has always taken potshots at the military (e.g., THE CRAZIES, DAY OF THE DEAD), so Fulci knocks organized religion front and center here. The ultimate motivation behind the killings is a shocking one because it is so misguided. In fact, the eventual demise of the killer (reused for SEVEN NOTES IN BLACK/THE PSYCHIC) is all the more shocking when juxtaposed with some other footage. This plot point has more shock value in the wake of the scandal with the Catholic church of last year! I have never been stunned by a horror film since childhood until this one!
If DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING were to be released in theaters today, it would generate a major firestorm of controversy, especially in light of the aforementioned events in the media. Yes, this movie was definitely too strong for Europeans to stomach back in 1972 (it didn't get released elsewhere at that time) and it remains potent today. A gritty and ground-breaking giallo, Lucio Fulci's DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING is a definite must-watch!

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Disturbing & Effective Film From Lucio Fulci
DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING is a very well-made, atmospheric, creepy, disturbing, & effective horror film. What makes this movie very unlike what Lucio Fulci makes is that it relies more on suspense, characterization, & disturbing realism other than blood & gore that which he is noted for.

In a small Italian village, young boys are being murdered. Who is responsible for these horrific crimes?

Probably one of the first of its kind of films that deal with the grim reality of serial murder (along with Fritz Lang's M & Ulli Lommell's THE TENDERNESS OF THE WOLVES). And when the revelation of the murderer is is truly astonishing & shocking for its time when it was released.

The Anchor Bay video transfer is crisp & bright. They did a marvellous job of bringing this well-made giallo on video the quality is just marvellous.

Barbara Bouchet is mesmerizing as the town tease. Nuff said!

If you're a horror film fan, you won't be disappointed with this classic, yet almost forgotten outing from one of the masters of Italian horror, Lucio Fulci.

4-0 out of 5 stars Effective giallo thriller from Fulce--but what a title!
The idyllic Italian countryside, with a highway snaking along concrete supports, with church bells, houses clustered like barnacles on mountains, seems an unlikely place for murders to occur. Well, guess what happens in the village of Accendura?

Three boys, roughly 11 or 12 years of age, are strangled by an unknown killer. As the police point out, the killer's a maniac, "but his minds works in certain logical patterns which has a reasonable meaning to him."

At first, Giuseppe Barra, the village idiot, is accused, as he is caught picking up ransom money. Then suspicion falls on Maciara, an outcast and local witch who claims she did kill them for disturbing the grave where she buried her dead and deformed child, but only by making wax effigies and stabbing them with a pin thirteen times so that anyone can kill them.

A further suspect is Patrizia, a hottie who is lying low in Accendura following a drug scandal in Milan. She is so bored with nothing to do, that when one of the boys, Michaele, brings her orange juice, she, lying stark naked on a sofa, walks up to him, and asks him if he'd like to sleep with her. That is something that would never if not rarely be touched on in mainstream American cinema. She drives a cool red dune buggy and carries an expensive golden lighter. Oh yes, and she really steams things up when she appears.

A reporter, Andrea Martelli, is trying to solve the case and enlists the help of Patrizia. He also befriends the local priest, Don Alberto, who is worried about the effect material things have upon contemporary society. While speaking to Martelli about the boys in his flock, he says, "people aren't worried much about their immortal souls. They watch TV, go to the movies, they read the paper with all these scandalous photographs..." He tries to keep the boys occupied by having them play soccer, which is better than them playing in the streets and getting into trouble. After all, at their age, they're most liable to temptation. Indeed, there's a scene of Michaele is drawing dirty pictures, probably after seeing Patrizia in the altogether.

The most famous performer here is Irene Papas, and she has a relatively small role in the movie.

The music, with its intense, staccato strings, really helps work the tension up, especially in the opening, when Maciara's dirty hands dig the ground to produce the skeleton of her baby. And the wailing song that is sometimes heard in the background provides that provincial small village touch.

Originally titled Don't Torture Donald Duck, or in Italian, Non Si Sevizia un Paperino, this giallo thriller ranks alongside Dario Argento's Deep Red. Small question: if Lucio Fulce was to make a sequel, would he have called it Don't Kick Mickey Mouse In The (...)? Just wondering.

5-0 out of 5 stars A DIFFERENT KIND OF FULCI
This is Lucio Fulci in rare form.If you think his movies only consisted of flesh eating zombies and disgusting throat rippings and harsh gore,then you must be a zombie.Buy this DVD and witness Fulci's giallo,this is brilliance!!!!! ... Read more


12. Demonia
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Malcom Evans leads his archaeological expedition into the Valley of Temples. His former student, Liza Harris, is drawn to the remains of a 16th Century convent and its grisly legend of crucifixion. The local villagers rise to protect the secrets of their ancestors, as Liza's obsession with the truth takes her deeper into the forbidden ruins and further from sanity! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars perfect example of FULCI'S ARTWORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
this movie is a perfect example of LUCIO FULCI'S unsettleing ARTWORK!!!!most mainstream conditioned critics & adience's shun & insult FULCI'S work because it doesn't make perfect sense to them,they pick it apart & have to many questions when the movie ends & they miss the whole point!!!!!!the point to fulci's work IS!! to unsettle & confuse you that then sets you up to be scared of anything & everything & in "DEMONIA" like most his other efforts he sucseeds at doing just that!!! THATS WHAT ART IS!!! like a painting or a special song,these things have different meanings for everyone!!!!! confusion & loose ends makes great OPEN MINDED ART!!!! like a puzzle thats almost finished but only you have the special pieces within you & your imagination to complete it.if none of this is making any sense to you then DON'T!!! bother watching this movie or any of LUCIO FULCI'S movies!?!?!?! if your a true fan of the ARTISTC HORROR/GORE genre but not to familiar with LUCIO FULCI'S movies or euro/horror in genral then "DEMONIA" is a great place to start as well as "BEYOND" "HOUSE BY THE CEMETARY" "CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD" "ZOMBIE" & so on!!!!!here are some other directors to check out as well "DARIO ARGENTO" "MARIO & LAMBERTO BAVA" "JOE D'AMATO" "UMBERTO LENZI" anyway i love this movie & if you understood anything i said above, then you will love this movie to!!!the dvd came out decent a few bad picture quality spots but nothing to ruin the flick. so hurry up & get this GEM of a movie & TURN OUT ALL THE LIGHTS O--P--E--N UP YOUR MIND & ALL YOUR SCARED SENSES & E----N----J----O----Y!!!!!!!!!@#$%^&*(

2-0 out of 5 stars Minor Fulci Effort
Sicily, 1486: A group of angry men convey several nuns to an underground chamber. Here they tie the nuns to crosses, then proceed to crucify them. . . .

Canada, 1990: Professor Paul Evans is preparing an archaeological expedition to visit Sicily in search of Greek remains. (The Classical Greeks established several city-states as colonies in Sicily.) One of his graduate students, Liza Harris, who is part of the professor's team, attends a séance and has a strange vision of nuns being crucified. . . .

The expedition arrives in Sicily and begins work at a dig site near the coastal village of Santa Rosalaria. Liza wanders off to investigate the ruins of a medieval nunnery overlooking the site. Something in the atmosphere of the ruins seems to disturb her. She eventually finds a passage leading into a series of crypts beneath the nunnery. At the lowest level, she finds'a group of rotting female corpses, affixed by nails to wooden crosses.

Deeply puzzled by finding physical remains that match her earlier vision, Liza goes into town and attempts to consult the town records. But she finds that several key passages dating to the late Middle Ages have been removed from the records. A strange woman appears and promises to give Liza the answers she seeks if Liza will visit the woman the next day.

When Liza goes to meet the woman, the woman tells here about the old nunnery. The sisters there were really devil worshippers. They lured young men to the nunnery, then killed them during the course of wild orgies. The villagers of Santa Rosalaria finally decided to eradicate the blasphemous evil of the nuns, in the fashion Liza has already seen in her visions'through crucifixion.

Meanwhile, several murders linked to a phantom female figure have occurred in and around Santa Rosalaria. The locals are convinced that the archaeologists somehow have released the spirits of the evil nuns. A mob gathers, and sets out for the ruins. Inside, they set fire to the corpses of the nuns. This seems to end the menace'but Liza dies also. Apparently the spirit of the head nun had been possessing her and using her body to commit the murders.

Demonia is a slow-paced and unrewarding effort from 'wizard of gore' director Lucio Fulci. The murders are simply an excuse for Fulci's customary gruesome exercises, and the general rationale for the supernatural menace is poorly defined. I was disappointed by this film.

2-0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
I love Fulci's zombie flicks, but this is something very different. Evil nuns coming back to take revenge sounds like a cool idea but trust me, the execution of the story is really bad. The last 20 minutes are so confusing and stupid I just wish I hadn't even bothered with it. House By The Cemetery, Gates Of Hell and the Beyond blow this away. There is some decent gore here but it doesn't save the film. Fulci had just lost his touch at this point, so I'd say see this only if you are a completist.

2-0 out of 5 stars A Film About Nothing
Demonia sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun, what with an ancient evil, crucified nuns, and horrific murders, but it turns out to be a pretty dud film. The film steals shamelessly from it's predecessors "The Beyond" and "City of The Living Dead", in fact, there is hardly any originality in the whole film. The story centres on a young woman on an archeological dig who unwittingly uncovers the secret of an ancient ruined nunnery, and revives a bunch of long-dead nuns who were put to death for satanic and evil crimes.
The script and acting are pedestrian at best, and while lead actress Meg Register looks gorgeous and does her best, she really isn't given anything intelligent to do or say. What truly lets the film down is that the actual return of the nuns is scarcely even seen on screen, and the various deaths that befall the cast seem to happen by themselves! The murders themselves are of course pretty gruesome, although not in the same league as Fulci's earlier horror epics, and the special effects range from lame (the spike pit) to unconvincing ( an attack by cats), as though Fulci can't be bothered to put the effort into these scenes that he used to. The standout effect, however involves a man split in two by being tied to tree branches, and although it begins unconvincingly, the overall effect is actually pretty disgusting, so be prepared for that one!
So, all in all, a far from essential purchase. At least the film looks good in places, and the ruined nunnery is a beautiful looking real location, but apart from that, I would lose no sleep about not having seen this film.

4-0 out of 5 stars Another Great Fulci Film
Im fast becoming a Fulci fan. Here is one that is close to "The Beyond" in surreal horror. Sadistic, satanic nuns being crucified with the nastiest one to make a return centuries later. You have all the Fulci gore (yes an eyeball or two included) and Lucio himself as the inspector. A+++ ... Read more


13. The Lucio Fulci Collection Volume 1 (The House By the Cemetery/The Beyond)
Director: Lucio Fulci
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4-0 out of 5 stars above average offerings
Farming the zombie genre is a daunting task. There are just too many bad films out there made by folks who think zombies equate to reddish liquid splashed liberally on bodies and the surfaces of walls. Not so! Suspense and atmosphere are the very foundation of eerie, something only the true auteur can accomplish.

Lucio Fulci manages to squeak through with these well above average offerings. The Beyond truly deserves a spot as one of the best zombie movies of all time spot, falling closely behind the Living Dead trilogy. Its bold attempt at portraying hell and the realization of an apocalyptic zombie holocaust is this movie's real worth. While Fulci is popular for his gore, one seeking to find realism ought to look elsewhere. Evil Dead (pt. 1) is often more realistic. Lastly, The Beyond, like most horror movies, suffers from little (not no) plot. My advice is to go with it. There's enough visual appeal to make the unexplained forgiveable. Grade: B+

The House By The Cemetery suffers from an obnoxious little boy and a secret plot. I say secret because either something was lost in the translation (was this dubbed?), or Fulci just didn't want to share. The basic message I got was that children were evil. Granted. As for the zombie himself (yes, only one) the question of "why" is never answered. Again I say, accept it all or don't bother with the film. As for the obnoxious little boy (spoiler alert), his voice is so grating you actually wish he was the only character that died. We, the viewer, are not so lucky. I had to fast forward a lot of this film because it failed to keep me interested. Regardless, a hardcore fan would still like this one. Grade: C+

If you're only interested in getting good zombie films, go with the Beyond. If you're interested in getting a complete zombie collection, save some cash and buy this set.

5-0 out of 5 stars 2 Fulci Classics For The Price Of 1!
1981 was a terrific year for Lucio Fulci. In that year, between the releases of Argento's INFERNO in 1980 (the same year Fulci made CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD/THE GATES OF HELL) and TENEBRE in 1982 (the same year Fulci made THE NEW YORK RIPPER and MANHATTAN BABY), Fulci ruled Italian horror with back-to-back masterpieces. Of course, I'm talking about THE BEYOND and THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, two of Fulci's most popular horror films that only get better with age!
THE BEYOND, in my humble opinion, is an extremely close second to SUSPIRIA as the greatest Italian horror movie of all time! In it, Catriona/Katherine MacColl renovates a Louisiana hotel she inherited only to discover that it rests on one of the seven gateways to Hell! Throughout the ensuing hour-and-a-half, pun intended, all Hell breaks loose, with the most gruesome imagery Fulci has ever committed to celluloid (e.g., crucifixion, acid bath, tarantulas, a head explosion, and Fulci's trademark eyeball violence), and it all looks totally realistic and awesome, right up there with any of Tom Savini's work! I really loved MacColl's prescence in THE BEYOND, as she's just so lovely to look at; John Saxon-lookalike David Warbeck is also really cool here as well (he was in Fulci's previous Edgar Allen Poe offshoot THE BLACK CAT, also in 1981), especially when dropping bullets through the barrel of his gun. I got the totally awesome soundtrack at my first horror convention a few months ago.
THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY also has MacColl, this time as a mother who, along with her doctor husband and son, move into the titular residence in Boston. The doctor is continuing the research conducted by a colleague who offed himself; the research is on one Dr. Freudstein, whose unorthodox methods involved killing people to keep himself alive. More Fulci mayhem such as a knife through the head (with the blade sticking out of the mouth), decapitation, and a neck-ripping. I got a HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY t-shirt featuring the 1984 poster artwork (on the Diamond release) at my first horror convention a few months ago, the safest representation of Fulci that you can get!
You must get this 2-pack if you want definitive Fulci. THE BEYOND has a terrific audio commentary by MacColl and Warbeck (a few weeks before Warbeck died) which is amusing and informative, among a slew of awesome extras. THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY has a photo and still gallery set to one of the creepy compositions in the score. This is a double-dose of Fulci mayhem at its greatest, most Argento-like; a definite must-watch!

5-0 out of 5 stars Two top-notch horror movie masterpieces!
When it comes to Fulci, it's very very hard to find a movie that's not 100% brutal horror mayhem. With this very excellent package, we get two of these very gnarly films. Both of which are a gorehound's best dream, or nightmare in this case.

The Beyond - This is probably one of the greatest examples of the horror genre. It embodies so many different elements of horror in one very twisted way. It's got loads of gore, eye gouges, exploding heads, zombies, hell, evil house, and a beautiful female hero. There's nothing to not like about this movie (double negative). This movie is probably one of the goriest movies ever made. From the first 3 minutes it grabs you and doesn't let go until the rather ambiguous ending. It's a great piece of splatter cinema that every self-respecting horror fan should see.

House By The Cemetery - Classic haunted house movie with a lot of gore. I wouldn't say it had as much gore as Zombi 2 or The Beyond, but it had more than the average haunted house story. I saw some similarities with Amityville Horror, but there aren't many. It's very original and the whole plot kind of confused me. I'm probably gonna try to watch it again soon. It's a very good movie, though.

4-0 out of 5 stars Two Different films directed by Lucio Fulci.
The House by the Cemetery:An unsuspecting family (Katherine Mac Coll, Paolo Malco & Giovanni Frezza), who move into a new house but something lurks under thier house from the basement holds a horrifoc secert that could destroy team.

The Beyond:In the early 1920's, a man-who is a Warlock (Antoine-Saint-John) has been tortued and murder by the Clan from the Townspeople of New Orleans. Then 60 years later-a woman (Katherine Mac Coll) recieve a Hotel from her deceased Uncle and then strange things starts to happen to the very depths of Hell Itself.

T.H.B.T.C.-Directed by Lucio Fulci (The Black Cat, Gates of Hell, Zombie) made a clever but uneven bizarre horror film, which is well directed. The Screenplay by Fulci, Giorgio Mariuzzo & Dardano Sacchetti, from a Story by Elisa Briganti. The film has some genuine suspense and thrills but it's hurted by a far-fecthed ending that makes the film a unsatisfying factory. DVD's has an clean anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer and an fine Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround Sound. DVD Etxras are:Theatrical Trailers, T.V. Spot, Still Gallery & Talent Bios. It's definitely worth seeing (Lulci's fans will love this). Techniscope. Grade:B+.

T.B.-Directed by Lucio Fulci (Manhatten Baby, The Psychic, Lizard in a Woman's skin) made a clever, horrific, supernatural horror story with a Knockout Ending. Many Critics & Fans considered to be Fulci's Masterpiece. There's good performances by Mac Coll, David Warbeck and Cinzia Monreale. Excellent Make-Up Effects by Gianetto De Rossi, Creppy Score by Fabio Frizzi and Terrific Cinematography by Sergio Salvati highlights this flick. From a Screenplay by Fulci, Dardano Sacchetti & Giorgio Mariuzzo, from a Story by Sacchetti. DVD's has an good anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer & an strong Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD's extras are:An good entertaining and funny commentary track by Actors:Warbeck & Mac Coll, Trailers, Music Video and More. Do not miss this one. Not for the Squeamish. Techniscope. Grade:A-.

2-0 out of 5 stars Great movies but beware defective disc
At least some of the discs containing The Beyond are defective. I have returned one set and recieved another and it also has its problems. It doesnt like to load or read once loaded. If you monkey with it enough it will play. As for the movies themselves i cannot seem to get enough of them. The music as well as visual is very captivating. Hopefully Anchor Bay will do a recall on the defective product. Perhaps buying the movies seperatly would be a better option. ... Read more


14. A Bullet for Sandoval
Director: Lucio Fulci, Julio Buchs
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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent Sppaghetti Western!!
In this film,a rancher Don Pedro Sandoval(Earnest Borgnine) is set in the cruelest period of the American Civil War in the summer of 1862 denies permission for his daughter Rosa her hand in marriage to ranch foreman John Warner(George Hilton).Warner forceably resigns from his job to join the Confederate Army...Angered and distraught,motivates Warner to lead a band of cold heartless thugs that starts a reign of terror throughout the territory,but their main objective is to murder Sandoval.This is an excellent Spaghetti Western Adventure Drama that's well worth watching!! ... Read more


15. The House By The Cemetery
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3-0 out of 5 stars The Last of Fulci's Fun Four
Italian maestro/hack director Lucio Fulci made four fun and gory, over-the-top B-horror films during the late seventies/early-eighties heydays of the genre. The House by the Cemetery follows Zombies 2, City of the Living Dead, and The Beyond as the final film of this outrageous quartet.Catriona (Katherine) MacColl and Paolo Malco play a New York Couple who move to a haunted house in Boston with their young son who is warned by the ghost of a little girl to stay away. They don't, of course, and suffer the formulaic consequences. Basically, it's just a rip-off of The Shining and The Amityville Horror with the usual bad dialogue and gory make-up effects Fulci fans have come to expect and relish. The story structure seems to repeat that of The Beyond which was released the same year.Fulci's films like all the others of this genre, are an acquired taste. It's not Oscar material so if you don't take it seriously and watch it with some friends in the dark, you might have some fun with it. For Fulci fans (like myself) this is a must-see and a must-have addition to your DVD collection. All others with fragile, little minds and weak stomachs may want to reconsider.

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic (with a reservation for newbies)
Another one of the vaguely Lovecraftian italian horrors from Lucio Fulci (see also Gates of Hell and The Beyond). The format has evolved from his previous outings of hordes of zombies to a spookier, phsychic-ghost story instead. In fact, it's kind of a cheap-skate version of The Shining.

To really appreciate this film (or any of Fulci's horror films) you have to be prepared to forgive a lot of cinematic badness. Dubbing, dialogue, plot coherence, the occasional dodgy special effect (not so bad in this film - no one can forgive the toy spiders in The Beyond) ... as a matter of fact, you may wonder what's so great about this film at all. Well, I'll tell you ... Fulci is a master cinematographic "painter". Scenes look gorgeous, and they really suit the feel of this gothic film. Also, Fulci has a habit of pulling something really shocking out of the hat at a moment's notice (you'll know it when you see it - let's just say in this film it involved a child's head, a door and an axe). But what really turns on the legion of Fulci fans out there is the gore. Set piece, outrageous gore scenes pop up ever fifteen to twenty minutes as minor characters walk on only to get bumped off in various splattery ways. House isn't as gory as his earlier zombie films but it's still pretty hard. (BTW - although the case says Rated: R, this is the uncut version of the film.)

Oh yeah, and Catriona MacColl is in it.

You either "get" Fulci films or you don't. If you're prepared to willfully ignore the technically bad aspects of the film, you'll be rewarded with a rich, bloody, gothic horror classic. Films like this will never be made again.

4-0 out of 5 stars House By The Cemetery Delivers!!
This was the first Lucio Fulci film I've had the pleasure of viewing! I look forward to seeing his other works! The House by the Cemetery hits on all points of a horror movie! It's creepy, eerie and has some awesome killing scenes and GORE!! They don't call Lucio "The godfather of gore" for nothing! The acting? Well, sub-par at best. Plot? Interesting, but not deep. The dubbing well it's pretty bad but who cares it's a great horror film.

The Boyle family move from their cramped New York apartment into an old mansion near Boston so that the father can do some needed research. The new tenants, unbeknownst to them, have a god awful secret living in their basement. A certain Dr. Freudstein has been housed below since 1879 and has kept himself alive by murdering inhabitants of the mansion and using their cells to keep his body going. Gore, horror, and great special effects makes a visit to the House by the Cemetery a killer stay! A knife through the skull, nice throat ripping and slashing, decapatation, and some maggot spewing make for a "pleasurable" movie for the avid horror fan.

We all know horror movies aren't supposed to be deep with Academy Award winning acting. If we wanted that we wouldn't be watching this type of film. I can't compare this film to Fulci's other works because I haven't seen any others, but to me this was impressive and one I would recommend to fans of the genre!!

4-0 out of 5 stars It's Dr Freudstein!
I picked up this little gem for about 5 bucks from a local used DVD shop. I would recommend this to fans of older horror movies. True, the dubbing does suck and the acting is questionable, but the last 15 minutes of this movie almost make up for it. Dr. Freudstein is truly one of the most twisted and interesting villians I've yet seen in a horror movie and its easy to see Rob Zombie's inspiration for his Dr. Death character in House of 1000 Corpses. Not to mention, there's a few scenes near the end that push the gore envelope to the max! Love the maggot-stew gushing out of Freudsteins wounds... Truly twisted!! They don't make gore effects like this anymore, i hate CGI gore!!

4-0 out of 5 stars A Four for Gore says this Fulci Fanatic
The great thing about Lucio Fulci movies on DVD is that you can skip right to the gore without the annoying need to fast forward or rewind those worn out ol' vhs tapes found at your local video store. I assume that if you're searching this movie on amazon, you know about Fulci or you've heard about him from one of your horror-movie buddies and you want to know what all the fuss is about.

Let me fill you in. House by the Cemetary is not Fulci's goriest movie, but it is his most atmospherically directed. Don't get me wrong, there is some good gore, but if you haven't ever seen a Fulci movie before and want to know what all the goreheads are raving about, start with Zombie, The Beyond, or even City of the Living Dead. House by the Cemetary is a good second or third Fulci movie to check out if you dig him.

The plot (as if you care) is this: a family moves into a house by a cemetary (who'd a thunk it!) though the cemetary really never comes into play in the movie. Go figure. The son of the family keeps seeing a red-haired little girl who warns him of imminent danger. The house is full of giant bats and weird noises, and a killer lurks in the basement. Blah. Blah. Blah.

Here's the rundown on the gore (yep, I knew this was what you were really interested in): first scene of the movie, a young woman is stabbed in the head. Later on, another woman is impaled by some kind of metal pole. Cue the capitation. A throat gets ripped out. A bat gets knived in gooey fashion. This, more or less, is the extent of it. For a Fulci film, this is pretty conservative.

Despite his penchant for gore, Fulci has a nice creepy vibe flowing through HBTC, starting early on with the image of the girl standing by a window in an old picture. The woods and tombstones around the house add a nice air of eerie atmosphere. The performances are ok, but the dubbing for the blonde kid is ridiculously annoying.

Some of you may wonder what the deal is with Fulci. For instance, ine one scene Fulci implies that something is going on between the father of the family and the new nanny by cutting between their two eyes peering at one another; however, nothing SEEMS to be going on between them. These sort of weird "what's this all about" camera tricks and moments pop up through the film, but remember this is a Fulci flick. Weirdness is the order of the day, and forget about it.

Despite himself, Fulci has a nice nightmarish quality to his work that, no matter how silly it seems, can seep into your dreams. ... Read more


16. House of Clocks
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5-0 out of 5 stars a Masterpiece!!!! from the Maestro of Mastro's!!!! 10 stars!
FULCI IS GOD!!!!!!!there is really not much else to say!! i mean this movie is absolutely perfect.i haven't made up my mind yet but this very well may be FULCI'S "CREAM OF THE CROP" im not going give away anything about the story(LUCIO FULCI made the flick & that should interest you enough to get it!!!)if you don't know who LUCIO FULCI is then this is a perfect film to start with!!!!!!FULCI'S movies are way above the rest when it comes to atmosphere his art form puts you in a dream like state of mind where things are confuseing & unsetteling wich then sets you up to be scared of anything & everything just like YOUR OWN DREAMS!!!!!!his movies are like a special song that means something different to everybody like a puzzle thats almost finished but only you & your imagination can complete it. the bottom line is a horror movie is supposed to bring you right back to when you were 7-8-9 years old & if your not conditioned like most of the world is!?!?!? then you will see that FULCI can bring you back to your childhood horror days better than the rest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the dvd comes out GREAT & there's a couple of neat little extra's interviews/trailers so on. SO FANS HURRY UP & GET THIS GEM BEFORE YOU CAN'T FIND IT ANYMORE!!!! a Masterpiece from the Maestro of Maestro's P.S. FULCI IS GOD!!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars House of Snores
I'm still trying to figure this movie out. I got it mostly because I loved Lucio Fulci's great "Zombie." House of Clocks was made for Italian TV and looks it. Bad photography, lighting, terrible performances and a script that makes zero sense. The story involves a large Italian villa filled with clocks and clock hands that turn endlessly backwards. An old couple murders a maid. Then three jerks--a gal and two guys--break in and mayhem ensues. The clock hands turn even more furiously backwards. I think it means that the past keeps coming back to this one villa but then you're confronted with a dead married couple whose bodies lay in coffins in the attic. They suddenly come alive. Then...oh, I can't go on. It gets so confusing that I may have to go back and watch it again. God forbid. For Fulci addicts only.

4-0 out of 5 stars The first legitimate Fulci success
Don't get me wrong, I'm a big Fulci fan and have several of his movies. However, his movies fall into two categories: "So bad it's good" (Don't Torture a Duckling, Zombie, City of Living Dead, Beyond) and "so bad it's awful" ("Cat in the Brain, Manhattan Baby"). This originally made-for-TV film is the cornerstone of a third Fulci tier: a sincerely creepy, effective success of a horror movie.

Instead of utilizing the common concept of shoddy acting, implausible plotlines and buckets o'gore, Fulci makes House of Clocks an atmospheric and tense affair, relying more on narrative and disturbing ambiance- with surprising success. He still gives into the temptation for a bit of gore sprinkled throughout but nothing to the puke factor extent seen in Zombie or City of Living Dead.

A well crafted horror yarn in the mode of Avati's "House with Windows that Laugh". Had he continued along the same vein of restricting the gross-out factor while still incorporating plenty of shock as he did with Clocks, Fulci may have found more success than his Herschell Gordon Lewis-esque icon status amongst gorehounds.

4-0 out of 5 stars UTTERLY STRANGE.....
This is a very weird film by Italian goremeister Lucio Fulci that was originally made for an Italian TV horror series called "House Of Doom" but was deemed too violent to be shown on TV. It concerns a wealthy elderly couple in a large estate which the husband has filled with all manner of ticking clocks and timepieces he has collected over the years. They seem benign at first but are revealed to be insane. They have murdered their niece and nephew-in-law and entombed their rotting corpses in the estate's chapel dressed in wedding attire. The wife, Sara, also murders the maid in the greenhouse when she discovers the corpses and threatens to leave. Meanwile, three fresh faced pot-smoking thieves (two guys and a girl) decide to rob the estate. Things go awry and the elderly couple is killed along with their one-eyed gardener. When the old man dies, his grandfather clock stops ticking and all the other clocks follow suit. The young thieves panic and try to get out but the couples' three big black Dobermans stand guard trapping them inside. Then all the clocks start spinning backwards and time begins reversing. The dead gardener, maid and elderly couple come back and begin killing the thieves leaving only the girl watching helplessly while the dead niece and nephew-in-law also return to life and kill the elderly couple! Whew! As if this wasn't enough, the whole thing turns out to be a nightmare experienced by the thieves simultaneously before they broke into the house! After discussing the "dream" and laughing it off, they decide NOT to rob the house and drive off only to die in a bloody car accident when the black cat they had found and put in a bag leaps out and mauls the driver's face causing him to run off an embankment. Well. As for complicated plot twists, this takes the cake. Fulci's reputation for gore is evident here as there is plenty of it in the deaths of the characters. The dubbing is ludicrous at times but not too bad and the film moves along rather nicely with the twists sustaining interest throughout. The performances are good and the photography is excellent. It's creepy, spooky and even scary at times. The DVD presentation is fine and the transfer is crisp and clear. I've read that this is tame for Fulci but I find it handled rather well. It's very watchable and I recommend it as a really strange Italian horror film for buffs. Check it out.

4-0 out of 5 stars House of Clocks
Fulci's sucess is a teeter-totter of unravelled contents and zombie-head explosions, but House of Clocks isn't a gore epic. I enjoyed this movie because of the inventive plot-concept Fulci uses to engage, not confuse--as in some of his flicks such as City of the Walking Dead. The characters, a trio of cleptos, find themselves caught up in a time warp started when they accidentally kill an old couple in their clock-ridden mansion. Don't give up until the end, the twist is deadly and I admit, it put a twisted smile on my face. There are a few gory moments--a lot of bullet wounds--in this movie, but if that's all you care about, then look somewhere else. Fulci fans need this as much as I need a damn good zombie movie. ... Read more


17. Manhattan Baby
Director: Lucio Fulci
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2-0 out of 5 stars Worst Lucio Fulci movie I've seen yet!
I admit, the last four years, I've been buying a lot Euro-horror titles and I enjoy most of them. But this movie I cannot recommend to anybody! I liked ZOMBIE, DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING, THE BEYOND, and even NEW YORK RIPPER, but this movie just plain stinks! The movie is slow moving and the kid they had portray the son is really annoying! If you watch the extras on the DVD, the director even admits they had a hard time completing the film and that it didn't turn out like they had planned. Also he states that the EXORCIST-type scene was added in at the last minute! This movie is just bad all around and the problem starts with the script! Lucio Fulci shouldn't have made this film! If he were alive, I think he would agree!

2-0 out of 5 stars Fulci Misses The Mark
Italian horror will never be seen as art to the masses. Even the hardcore fans admit to the cheesiness as being part of the attraction to them, but even though it's a trashy kind of genre, you can screw up! Lucio Fulci screwed up here. To people now taking an interest in Fulci, I'm sure this dvd cover has stared out at you from the shelf at the store and beckoned you to take it home . Don't listen to it! Yeah, it's Fulci, and yeah, it's from Anchor Bay, but don't let that fool you. Manhattan Baby is BAD, even for a Fulci film. With most of his horror films you could always guarantee to have a fun viewing experience, but this is actually quite painful. Everything you love about his previous works is nowhere to be found here. Fulci was actually trying to make a real horror film with suspense and stuff. Many directors accomplish this, but Fulci never has, and he certainly doesn't here. Fulci's films excel in atmosphere, music, gore, cheesiness and just downright strangeness. This film has none of that. It's basically a reworking of the Charleton Heston mummy flick, The Awakening-which was no masterpiece, but better than this. The only purpose this dvd will serve is to make your Italian horror dvd collection look bigger, coz it will get only one or maybe two viewings-mark my words! You just may be better off investing in a Kiss Koffin. That will at least get more use.

4-0 out of 5 stars Why I Never Wanted a Sandbox
Manhattan Baby, considered a failure by many critics that wanted Fulci to conform to the formula of horror that made him successful, was actually one of his more entertaining movies. This was because it did break from the proverbial mould, building more on a storyline and an ever-present, overwhelming scene of doom. Unlike many of his earlier movies (Zombie, The Beyond) that brought this bleak overview with them as well, Lucio decided to try a new avenue in this presentation, one that only briefly sprinkled gore into the cinematic formula, causing much of the fallout experienced. He said that he wanted to present a more metaphysical terror, using a small array of special effects in the process, that would give his film a more Catholicist, "evil can be beaten but not truly destroyed," mentality. Well, mission accomplished.
The storyline, with its Egyptian focal point, deals with the manifestation of an ancient evil that is awaken (and overused) by a little girl after her foolishly curious archeologist father prods at things best left alone. It has some nice scenes with pieces of dark humor mixed together with catchy "manifesations/proofs of the dark forces present," plus some humorously cheap scenes that keep the movie from taking itself too serious. All in all, its fun and a bit dark at the same time, and is a good film for horror lovers/Lucio fans that remember his Sci-fi trials/Westerners and not simply his gore films.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lucio fulci did it again the master in terror#1
this is another of his best movie ever done .i love it because
it started in a egypt pyramid were they frist meet a supernatural
evil the shock the archeolest.this movie cautains blood an some
gut scenes but is a very scary film.i love tomb films the will surprise you its uncut you must see it.recomened Zombie,domonia,
house by the sementary.the black cat.by henry. May23,2002 thurday

4-0 out of 5 stars an excellent example of fulcis imagination and craftmanship!
This film is magical right from the begining to the blood curdling end. Worth every penny! Fulci has got ideas from raiders of the lost ark in here but still manages to keep the film soley his own great vision.One of fulcis most stylistic films and great fun. ... Read more


18. Zombie
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4-0 out of 5 stars Classic Horror Film; Not So Classic DVD Release Here's Why
Repeated.

First, this movie from an entertainment value from 1 to 10 is a 10 plus.
Second, this movie from a technical visibility and technical audibility release value on DVD from 1 to 10 is a 4.

Reason for the first critique: The PROS
1. Director Lucio Fulci directs a fast paced nail biter from start to finish.
2. Excellent film scoring as the music really accentuates the drama.
3. Excellent casting, the actors are solid for this type of film - no phonies.
4. Excellent locations - from New York City to the exotic Carribean where the two main characters meet up with vacationers who agree to charter their boat and take the main two characters to the island of Matool where the horror begins - you'll know why there going there as you see the film.
5. Excellent makeup effects for zombies and the gruesome and great death scenes.
6. Excellent cinematography to heighten the tension during the film.

Reason for the second critique: The CONS
1. Anchor Bay Entertainment's DVD release of this movie is poor. This critique of poor DVD quality is rare when it comes to Anchor Bay Entertainment releases as their remastered-from-the-good-old-cellar-movie reputation normally puts out excellent quality DVDs with full frame-by-frame color correction, removal of original picture blurriness, and excellent audio track remastering, but this movie somehow slipped through the cracks as perhaps there was a rush to get this movie out on DVD due to its immense popularity among gore hounds and Fangoria Magazine fanatics. The rush job to DVD certainly shows. And below are the main points to look out for on this particular Anchor Bay Entertainment release.

2. Poor picture clarity. The picture from start to finish is viewable, but not at all crisp and without blur. This will be corrected see ALTERNATIVE DVD below.

3. Poor color management. The color from start to finish lacks vibrance and richness. The color frame-by-frame is as dead and bland as the zombies themselves. The opening scenes especially as the abandoned yacht( or so you think ) sails into New York Harbor as it is coralled by the New York police, you will see that the city buildings including the World Trade Center towers look more purple/grey in tone, the harbor looks dark brown-grey in color, the sky looks grey in color, and the facial tones of the characters look more fuscia-pinkinsh-beige. The color on this release is horrible and will be corrected. The most frustrating aspect of the poor color is when the movie shfts to the Carribean as two main characters meet up with two vactioners and the four somehow agree to sail for the Island of Matool, after some hesistancy, you will see that the color really suffers here. The exotic locations - the beautiful water, the green of the palm trees, and the like are painfully lacking the vibrant standout color correction needed to make every film frame standout with crisp clear picture quality and life like color. This will be corrected see ALTERNATIVE DVD below.

3. Muddled audio track. The sound is clear, but not at the level of a remastered audio track with either DTS or THX Sound treatments. The musical score periodically steps on the sound effects This will be corrected see ALTERNATIVE DVD below.

4. From the original uncut full-version, there are some scenes missing on this DVD. This will be corrected see ALTERNATIVE DVD below.

5. Periodic purple outlines on the edges of the widescreen black bars.
This will be corrected see ALTERNATIVE DVD below.

-----> ALTERNATIVE DVD <------

Coming from Media Blasters Entertainment, another respected DVD Production Studio in the same ilk as Anchor Bay Entertainment and Blue Underground Studios a two new releases of this film are on thier way.

The first will be a Special 2-Disc Fully Remastered ( Picture and Sound ) 25th Anniversary Edition Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer due out as Amazon.com states on the web page hosting this title as July 27, 2004.

--This DVD has 2 hours of Extras including Director commentary, Film Trailers, TV-Spots, Cast and Crew interviews and audio options. This version is the one to buy and as of this review is only less than two months away.

The second will be Single Disc Fully Remastered ( Picture and Sound ) Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer due out I would suspect around the same time as the 25th Anniversary 2-Disc Edition in late July 2004.

Final Thoughts:

1. Avoid buying the Anchor Bay Entertainment release if you can wait less than 2 months from todays date June 13th. The wait will definitely be worth it. If you own this version already as I do, then I would recommend donating this release to the local public library for a tax break when the new versions, especially the 2-Disc set, come in.

Expect from the newer versions as a recap.

1. Excellent Frame-to-Frame Picture Quality from start-to-finish and Full Elimination of Film Blur.
2. Excellent Frame-to-Frame Color correction bringing the movie to life.
3. Excellent Sound Treatment for fully enhanced dialog clarity, punchy sound effects, and a robust musical score getting more crisp.

If these do indeed happen as Media Blasters Enterainment Studios are indicating, then this film goes from a 4 to a 5 plus.

3-0 out of 5 stars I have revised my opinion of this movie
The first few times I saw this film ,I hated it. I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about,but I really wanted to see this film as others saw it(only because so many people love it). So,it was a really hot,dark evening with a thunderstorm threatening to knock the power out,and I was really bored and regretting not buying Torso at the mall earlier, so I pulled out my copy of Zombie and set out to watch it. Lo and behold, I was very entertained and managed to scare myself silly(storms and Italian horror movies make a scary combination). The beginning is somewhat slow, but does a good job setting up the story. There's a zombie here, a zombie there,just enough to show you something's up. By the time they get to the island,though,things really start heating up. All of a sudden,there's zombies everywhere, and these aren't the shambling, blue-skinned ghouls of Dawn of the Dead. These are friggin nasty looking suckers. They have worms crawling through their eye sockets,and their flesh is all rotted and hanging from their bodies. Fulci got the throat-rippings right too, with pulsing blood spurting all over the place. The gore is absolutely superb,especially for 1979, and makes Dawn(another film I was never fond of) look like a sunday school picnic. That said, many people will be bound to hate this film. Some will be bored, some will be nauseated, and some will just laugh. But it's still worth checking out, and if you hate it, you can always scare your friends with it(I have a friend who is deathly afraid of zombies;I already showed her Dawn and Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things,now this...hehe...fun...). I also love Italian horror now, I have no clue why I said before that I didn't (bad brain...bad! Lying is bad, you get a spanking now...hehe... :)).

5-0 out of 5 stars THE VERY VERY BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 100.000.000 STARS!!!!!!!!!
THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST ZOMBIE FLICK EVER MADE IN MY OPINION!!!! I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION 2 DISC SET TO BE RELEASED ITS ABOUT TIME THIS FLICK GETS THE RESPECT IT DESERVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THERE IS NOT MUCH ELSE TO SAY EXCEPT THAT FULCI IS GOD!!!!!!!!! later on fellow horror fans!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars ZOMBIE
EVERYTHING A ZOMBIE MOVIE SHOULD BE! VERY GORY AND SCARY. ONE OF THE BEST ZOMBIE FLICKS AROUND.NICE AND MOODY FEELING.DEFINITELY WORTH THE PURCHASE. GET IT!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME ZOMBIE FLICK!!!
When you think of the all time great zombie movies George A Romero's trilogy "Night of the Living Dead" , "Dawn of the Dead" and "Day of the Dead" most likely come to mind. Lucio Fulci's "Zombie", which has been called a sequel to the above mentioned "Dawn of the Dead", doesn't seem to be as popular and not as well known (at least around here) as Romero's trilogy. However, I believe Zombie is almost as good as the above mentioned

Plot is simple; Tisa Farrow plays Ann Bowles, when Ann discovers her father's boat to be abandoned in the New York Harbor her and reporter Peter West(Ian McCulloch) go searching for answers. Their search takes them to the small island of Matool where an unknown virus makes the dead stand up and walk, and of course they do much more than just walk. The plot is so simple yet extremely effective. The movie does move a bit slowly and the acting isn't very impressive but everything that makes a great horror movie is presented, creepy score, spooky elements, extreme gore and the most realistic, best looking zombies of any zombie movie I've ever seen.

This was only the second Fulci film I've seen but from seeing those two movies and reading other reviews it's easy to see a couple of Fulci's trademarks, bad dubbing and extreme gore. The killing scenes were awesome!! A big splinter through an eyeball, zombies feasting on dead woman's guts (that's pretty nasty!) and my favorite, a zombie tearing at the jugular of a woman as blood squirts out and shoots everywhere. If you haven't seen this movie yet and your a fan of horror movies add this one to your collection!! ... Read more


19. Conquest
Director: Lucio Fulci
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4-0 out of 5 stars conquest
great movie from godfather of gore
i realy love this movie this was the
first movie i saw from fulci.
and a very god havey soundtrack from claodio simonetti
if you dig conan barbarian you wont be disepointed
and there are som gory effects to. ... Read more


20. The Sweet House of Horrors
Director: Lucio Fulci
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fulci is the Godfather of Gore
A family is brutally murdered by a masked man with the kids watching. The kids get new parents and remain in the house. the house gets haunted. Can the family escape, or will the ghosts of the past catch up with them? Who is the killer? This my favorite of Fulci's lesser known films. I have almost every Fulci horror (not into his other stuff) ever made. I reckon this is mocking the wholesomeness of families. Why is it my favorite? One of my favorite genre actors appear, I won't spoil who. The gore is excellent and realistic because it's not abused. I love when the killer bashes the parent's brains in. If I would recommend just one of Fulci's later day efforts, it would be sweet house of horrors.

1-0 out of 5 stars bad idea
being a huge fan of lucio fulci,bought this to add to collection of his other dvds that i owned,bad mistake.The storyline is poor,and frankly is the worst he has ever made,no gore really apart from beginning,just a stupid idea.avoid it at all costs. ... Read more


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