Posts Tagged ‘Bruno Mattei’

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Directed By: Bruno Mattei

Starring: Jose Gras, Margit Evelyn Newton, Franco Garafalo, Selan Karay, Joseph Lluis Fonoll

Synopsis: Government experiments lead to a zombie outbreak.

Thoughts: The success of 1978’s Dawn of the Dead led to many, many zombie movies flooding the market in the 80s. It just so happens that many of those zombie movies came from Italy. Bruno Mattei, already well on his way to becoming a master of Italian genre cinema, set out to make a film similar to Dawn, but lighter in tone. What was delivered was a bit of a mash-up of Italian action movie, cannibal movie and zombies.

The story, although basic in premise, is drawn out for a bit too long. The runtime, at just over an hour and forty minutes would have benefited from some tighter editing. The effects were also all over the place. In some scenes, the zombies and attacks were very well done and realistic. In others, it looks like some amateurs first attempts at creating zombie make-up.

The acting is also laughable, especially that of the team of commandos that are dispatched to deal with the outbreak. Unlike a lot of movies from this era of Italian horror, there aren’t any recognizable names here.

Even with Zombie Creeping Flesh being a bit too long and sloppy at times, and the acting being subpar at best, I had a good time watching this. It embodies the term “so bad it’s good.” If you want to watch the best of zombie cinema, stick with Romero and Fulci. If you want a movie that you can sit back and crack jokes about the acting and camera work, this is a great candidate.

How Nasty Is It?

This has some pretty gory scenes of gut munching nastiness, especially during the portion of the movie where the group encounters the cannibal tribe. It’s something that is seen throughout the zombie and cannibal genres, but you can see how it caught the eye of the BBFC.

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Zombi 3 (1988)

Posted: December 22, 2011 in Movie Review
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Zombi 3 (1988)

Directed By: Lucio Fulci, Bruno Mattei

Starring: Deran Sarafian, Beatrice Ring, Ottaviano Dell’Acqua, Mike Monty, Uli Reinthaler, Deborah Bergamini

Subgenre: Zombies

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Synopsis: When a biological weapon is stolen from a tropical military base, it’s unintentional release causes people to turn into flesh eating zombies.

Thoughts: When Dario Argento re-edited Dawn of the Dead as Zombi to be released in Italy, the producers of Lucio Fulci’s film (Zombie, Zombi 2, Zombie Flesh Eaters) wanted him to make a few script changes to connect it to Romero’s film. Zombi 3 or Zombie Flesh Eaters 2 as it is also known is the sequel to that film.  Fulci was brought on to direct it, but served to film only parts of the movie. It is believed that an illness was the reason that Fulci pulled out. Bruno Mattei was brought in to finish the film. Mattei made some changes that resulted in a zombie film that really did not resemble Fulci’s work. In an interview on the Shriek Show DVD, Mattei said that Fulci’s work comprised about 50 minutes of screen time.

Like Fulci’s Zombi 2, Zombi 3 takes place on a tropical island, which is a fantastic place for a zombie movie, but this time, the chaos involves the military, both as the protagonists and the antagonists.  The Military scientists are desperately trying to contain the outbreak while a group of soldiers on leave are trying to escape the island.

Zombi 3 was not nearly as bad as I was expecting. The zombie makeup was very well done, which is to be expected when Fulci is involved.  The plot and acting were beyond bad, but we are talking about an Italian B Zombie movie here.  Not all of them can be as good as City of the Living Dead or The Beyond. It is a worthy addition to the zombie genre, but probably best to be viewed by zombie fanatics.