6 Shots From 6 Films: Special Lucio Fulci Edition!


6 Shots From 6 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 6 Shots From 6 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

93 years ago today, in Rome, Lucio Fulci was born!

Today is a very special day for fans of Italian horror.  It’s also a special day for those of us here at the Shattered Lens.  Anyone who has been reading this site for a while knows that we’re big Fulci fans at the TSL.  So, in honor of the anniversary of his birth, here are….

6 Shots From 6 Films

Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971, dir by Lucio Fulci)

Zombi 2 (1979, dir by Lucio Fulci)

The Beyond (1981, dir by Lucio Fulci)

The House By The Cemetery (1982, dir by Lucio Fulci)

The New York Ripper (1982, dir by Lucio Fulci)

Murder Rock (1984, dir by Lucio Fulci)

6 Trailers For Halloween


Happy Halloween!

Well, the big day is finally here and that means that it’s time for a special Halloween edition of Lisa Marie’s Favorite Grindhouse Trailers!  Below you’ll find the trailers for some of my favorite horror films!  Let’s take a look!

  1. Suspiria (1977)

That I picked this trailer to start off this special edition should come as a surprise to no one.  While I don’t think the trailer really does the film justice, Suspiria is still one of my favorite movies of all time.  Don’t talk to me about the remake and we’ll get along just fine.

2. Zombi 2 (1979)

Also known as Zombie Flesh Eaters!  This is the Lucio Fulci-directed classic that launched the Italian zombie boom!

3. The Beyond (1981)

And, as long as we’re talking about Fulci, there’s no way that I could possibly leave The Beyond‘s trailer out of this post.

4. Martin (1978)

Some people, undoubtedly, will say, “Martin but no Night of the Living Dead?”  Well, we’ll be featuring Night of the Living Dead later today.  Martin is one of George Romero’s best films and it’s still criminally unknown.  Check out the trailer but definitely be sure to track down the film as well.

5. Halloween (1978)

Naturally.

6. The Shining (1980)

Stephen King might not like it but Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining remains one of the best horror films ever made.  It’s one of the few films that continues to scare me after multiple viewings.  (It’s those two little girls in the hallway.  They freak me out every time!)

Happy Halloween!

4 Shots From 4 Films: Alien, Beyond The Darkness, Fascination, Zombi 2


4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

This October, we’re using 4 Shots From 4 Films to look at some of the best years that horror has to offer!

4 Shots From 4 1979 Horror Films:

Alien (1979, dir by Ridley Scott)

Beyond the Darkness (1979, dir by Joe D’Amato)

Fascination (1979, dir by Jean Rollin)

Zombi 2 (1979, dir. Lucio Fulci)

Horror Scenes that I Love: Checking Out The Boat in Lucio Fulci’s Zombi 2


The scene below comes from the 1979 Lucio Fulci masterpiece, Zombi 2.

In this scene, a mysterious boat is floating towards New York City.  Two cops are sent to check the boat out and, as they eventually discover, the boat isn’t quite as deserted as they thought it was.

Now, there’s a few reasons why this scene is important.  Number one, Zombi 2 is an Italian film that was designed to pass for an American film.  (Technically, it was sold as being a prequel to Dawn of the Dead, which was released under the title Zombi in much of Europe.)  In order to maintain the illusion, Italian filmmakers would often spend a day or two shooting on location in a recognizable American city.  More often than not, that city would turn out to be New York.

Number two, since Zombi 2 was promoted as being a bit of a prequel to Dawn of the Dead, one could argue that this scene shows how the whole zombie apocalypse began in the United States.  It wasn’t radiation from space or Hell running out of room.  No, instead, it was juts a boat floating from an island in the Caribbean all the way to New York.

This scene is also memorable because of the “boat zombie,” who is one of the best-known of the movie zombies.  Even people who have never heard of Lucio Fulci will probably recognize the boat zombie.  He’s an icon of the undead!

Finally, this scene sets up one of the greatest closing shots in the history of zombie cinema.  New York beware!

Horror Scenes That I Love: The Ending of Zombi 2


For our next horror scene that I love, we have one of the greatest horror endings of all time.

As Lucio Fulci’s 1979 masterpiece, Zombi 2, comes to a close, Ian McCulloch and Tisa Farrow are on a boat.  They’ve managed to escape from an island that been overrun by zombies.  However, as they listen to a New York radio station, they discover that the zombie outbreak is not over.  In fact, it’s just begun!

And then you get the final scene, in which hundreds of zombies are seen stumbling into New York!

Enjoy the end of the world!

4 Shots From 4 Films: The Special Lucio Fulci Edition!


4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films is all about letting the visuals do the talking.

This October, I am going to be using our 4 Shots From 4 Films feature to pay tribute to some of my favorite horror directors, in alphabetical order!  That’s right, we’re going from Argento to Zombie in one month!

Today’s director?  The master of Italian horror himself, Lucio Fulci!

4 Shots From 4 Films

Zombi 2 (1979, dir by Lucio Fulci)

The City of the Living Dead (1980, dir by Lucio Fulci)

The Beyond (1981, dir by Lucio Fulci)

The House By The Cemetery (1981, dir Lucio Fulci)

4 Shots From Horror History: Suspiria, Dawn of the Dead, Halloween, Zombi 2


This October, I’m going to be doing something a little bit different with my contribution to 4 Shots From 4 Films.  I’m going to be taking a little chronological tour of the history of horror cinema, moving from decade to decade.

Today, we close out the 70s!

4 Shots From 4 Films

Suspiria (1977, dir by Dario Argento)

Suspiria (1977, dir by Dario Argento)

Dawn of the Dead (1978, dir by George Romero)

Dawn of the Dead (1978, dir by George Romero)

Halloween (1978, dir by John Carpenter)

Halloween (1978, dir by John Carpenter)

Zombi 2 (1979, dir by Lucio Fulci)

Zombi 2 (1979, dir by Lucio Fulci)

4 Shots From 4 Films: Perversion Story, Zombi 2, The Beyond, The New York Ripper


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20 years ago today, the great Italian director Lucio Fulci passed away in Rome.  In the years following his death, Fulci has somehow managed to be both one of the most influential and one of the most underappreciated directors of all time.  This edition of 4 Shots From 4 Films is dedicated to Fulci’s memory and his legacy.

(We’ve dedicated two editions of 4 Shots From 4 Films to Fulci in the past.  Take a look at them here and here.  Fortunately, Fulci was one of the most visually inventive directors of all time.  Even the lesser, low-budget films that he made towards the end of his career can be counted on to offer up at least one memorably surreal shot.)

4 Shots From 4 Films

Perversion Story (1969, dir by Lucio Fulci)

Perversion Story (1969, dir by Lucio Fulci)

Zombi 2 (1969, dir by Lucio Fulci)

Zombi 2 (1969, dir by Lucio Fulci)

The Beyond (1981, dir by Lucio Fulci)

The Beyond (1981, dir by Lucio Fulci)

The New York Ripper (1982, dir by Lucio Fulci)

The New York Ripper (1982, dir by Lucio Fulci)

6 Trailers For Halloween!


Hello there!  Welcome to a special Halloween edition of Lisa Marie’s Favorite Grindhouse and Exploitation Film trailers!  The trailer kitties went out this morning (despite the fact that it’s been raining nonstop down here since yesterday) and they came back with these 6 horrific trailers for Halloween!

Let’s see what they’ve brought us!

(By the way, some of these trailers may be NSFW and some may contain excessive gore or even nudity so use your best judgment when it comes to watching.  The TSL accepts no responsibility for the occasionally over-the-top choices of the trailer kitties.)

Zombi 2 (1979)

Axe (1974)

Welcome to Arrow Beach (1974)

Dracula (1979)

Andy Warhol’s Dracula (1974)

Halloween (1978)

What do you think, Trailer Kitty?

"Happy Halloween!"

“Happy Halloween!”

Awwwwwww!

The Daily Horror Grindhouse: Zombi 2 (dir by Lucio Fulci)


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(After reading my review, please be sure to check out Arleigh’s thoughts on Zombi 2!)

Two questions:

1) Do you love Zombie movies?

2) Have you seen Lucio Fulci’s 1979 film Zombi 2?

If your answer to the first question was yes, then you should definitely have had the same answer for the second.  Along with launching the long and extremely influential genre of the Italian zombie film and being one of the best zombie films ever made, Zombi 2 is also one of the best horror films ever made.

First off, a few words about that title.  Zombi was the Italian title for George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.  Zombi was a huge hit on Italy and, in that shameless way that is beloved by all Italian horror fans, producers Fabrizio De Angelis and Ugo Tucci decided to take advantage of Zombi‘s success by naming their upcoming zombie film Zombi 2.  And, while I have always liked to think of Zombi 2 as being a prequel to Romero’s Dead trilogy, Zombi 2 is actually in no way related to Dawn of the Dead.

It has often been assumed that Zombi 2 was directly inspired by Dawn of the Dead.  While Romero’s film certainly provided more of an influence than just providing a title, Zombi 2 was actually in production before Dawn of the Dead opened in Italy.  And, ultimately, Zombi 2 is a far different film from Romero’s film.  Eschewing the social commentary and satire that ran through Dawn of the Dead, Zombi 2 is instead a work of pure horror.  They’re both excellent films but Dawn of the Dead ultimately inspires debate while Zombi 2 inspires nightmares.

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Opening with a previously dead body being shot in the head as it slowly sits up on a stretcher and ending with a haunting vision of apocalypse, Zombi 2 is coated in a palpable atmosphere of doom.  A boat floats into a New York harbor and the two cops who investigate are greeted by a lumbering and hungry corpse.  Tisa Farrow plays the daughter of the boat’s owner.  When she and a reporter (Ian McCulloch, giving a likable and bemused performance that often finds him playing straight man to a bunch of decaying corpses and which provides a nice run up for his openly subversive performance in Zombie Holocaust) team up to find her father, their investigation leads them to an isolated island where the haunted and alcoholic Dr. Menard (Richard Johnson, bringing so much gravity and self-loathing to his role that he literally elevates the entire film) is struggling to deal with an outbreak of zombies.  Along with a boat captain (Al Cliver) and his girlfriend (Auretta Gay), McCulloch and Farrow try to escape the island before they end up joining the ranks of the undead…

As a director, Lucio Fulci was known for bringing his own unique visual flair to the horror genre.  Fulci, perhaps more than any of the other great Italian horror directors working during the Italian horror boom of the 80s and 90s, literally brought nightmares to cinematic life.  As a result, Zombi 2 is probably one of the most visually memorable zombie films ever made.  From the minute that McCulloch, Farrow, Cliver, and Gay arrive on the island, you can literally feel the oppressively hot wind and dusty wind that blows through every scene.  When the dead walk across the desolate landscape, Fulci emphasizes the decayed state of these zombies, forcing the audience to consider just how fragile the human body truly is.  The fact that the undead manage to be so pathetic and so dangerous at the same time only serves to make them all the more frightening.  When a group of conquistadors come back to life, Fulci films it from their point of view and, for a few minutes, we literally are one of the undead, clawing our way out of a grave.  Needless to say, Fulci doesn’t shy away from the gore of a zombie apocalypse either.  His zombies are ravenous and destructive.  The Walking Dead may be bloody but it’s got nothing on Zombi 2.

Along with the conquistador scene, Zombi 2 is especially remembered for two scenes, both of which showcase the best of both Fulci and Italian horror.

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One is the scene where Dr. Menard’s wife (Olga Karlatos) is menaced by zombies after taking a shower.  Even after she slams the bathroom door, a zombies hand breaks through the door and grabs her by the hair and starts to pull her through the jagged hole in the door.  As she is slowly pulled to her doom, her eyeball is pierced by a splinter of wood.  It’s definitely an over-the-top moment, the type of thing that we expect from an Italian horror film.  But, as over-the-top as it may be, it’s also incredibly effective and terrifying.  It’s a scene that lets us know that there is no escape from our fate.  It’s a scene that reminds us that the zombies will always win because there is no way to lock out death.

(In fact, it’s such an iconic scene that almost all of Fulci’s subsequent films would feature a character losing an eye.  Adding a certain poignancy to his trademark scenes of ocular destruction was the fact that Fulci, himself, was diabetic and reportedly often feared that he would lose his eyesight.)

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The other is a scene that always seems to bring a smile to the face of anyone who see it.  That’s the scene where a zombie gets into a fight with a shark while Auretta Gay swims nearby.  Again, it’s a bit ludicrous but it’s also incredibly effective.  If nothing else, it invites us to wonder how — if a shark can’t beat a zombie — can there be any hope for humanity?

The answer, of course, is that there isn’t.  Ultimately, in the world of Fulci’s film, whether by causes natural or unnatural, we’re all destined to become one of the zombies.

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(This review is cross-posted over at Fourth-Day Universe where all of October has been Zombie Month!)