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ZOMBIE - 4 Slimes
Not Rated
Copyright 1979 Variety Film
Reviewed by Max Gardner on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Peter - British newspaper reporter, kind of a loser.
  • Anne - Daughter of Dr. Maynard's former research partner, searching for her father.
  • Dr. Maynard - Dr. Butcher M.D. himself, Richard Johnson! A mad scientist researching zombies. Gets his cheek bitten off and dies.
  • Brian - Man going on a cruise with his wife. Gets bitten by her after she turns into a zombie; he dies.
  • Susan - Brian's wife. Gets her throat torn out.
  • Mrs. Maynard - Dr. Maynard's wife, obviously. Impaled on a splinter.
  • Lucas and Anna - Dr. Maynard's assistants. Lucas turns into a zombie and kills Anna.

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The Plot: 

Here we have an unofficial Italian prequel to George Romero's Dawn of the Dead (possibly the greatest zombie movie ever made), and it's damn funny. Anne and Peter hitch a ride with Brian and Susan and make their way to Matul, a remote island on which Dr. Maynard has isolated himself to research the zombies that have been popping up all over the island. Needless to say, the zombie population abruptly explodes and all hell breaks loose. Throats are gnawed, eyes are gouged, heads explode. One of the more amusing scenes in this film is an underwater fight between a zombie and a shark. There are also quite a few gratuitous bare breasts, though none worth writing home about. Unlike Romero, director Lucio Fulci doesn't include a shred of social commentary.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Worms are attracted to pianos.
  • 400-year-old Spanish Conquistadors are fully capable of motor function.
  • Zombies have their own theme music.
  • Cheeks are vital organs.
  • Breasts shrink underwater.
  • Hunting rifles are standard issue on yachts.
  • Rubbing coral on a zombie's face underwater makes a sound like a hacksaw cutting a 2x4.
  • Goats will survive the zombie apocalypse.
  • Watch out for jaywalking zombies, they can mess up your jeep's radiator.
  • All hired help is Hispanic, even on an island in the middle of nowhere.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 1 min - This music is oddly catchy.
  • 8 mins - Make that damn noise stop!
  • 20 mins - An abstract airport?
  • 24 mins - Kick ass, it's Dr. Butcher M.D.!
  • 36 mins - Oh, what I wouldn't give to be that zombie...
  • 40 mins - Argh, the noise is back! Make it go away!
  • 46 mins - OUCH! (splinter through the eye, into the brain)
  • 47 mins - No, the noise!
  • 63 mins - Good thing there were some pinking shears hanging on the wall there.
  • 71 mins - Throat-ripping in slow-motion.
  • 75 mins - That's a damn goofy-looking zombie.
  • 81 mins - Oh my God, they killed Lucas!


  • Susan: "There was a man down there!"
    Peter: "What?!"
    Susan: "There was a man!"
    Peter: "A man?!"
  • Lucas: "It's the ju-ju man!"
  • Lucas: "Who is it? The devil?"
    Anna: "We'll know soon enough. Come on, let's get this over with."
  • Dr. Maynard: "He felt that he could somehow become a guinea pig, so that he could help to discover what was causing these horrors that were destroying our island, turning it into a wasteland of terror!"
  • Lucas: "The father of my father always say, when the earth spit up the dead, they will come back to suck the blood from the living."
  • Radio Newscaster: "The zombies are everywhere, there seems to be no stopping them, the city is at their mercy!"

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note zombie1.wav Coroner1: "Have you, have you already examined him?"
Coroner2: "Yeah, I made one or two notes. In my opinion, death of the poor bastard was caused by massive hemorrhaging."
Green Music Note zombie2.wav Brian: "That's not a cool place to hit, the natives claim it's cursed, avoid it like the plague."
Peter: "We have to go there, all the same."
Green Music Note zombie3.wav Mrs. Maynard: "I'm going to tell everyone that you're the one who's crazy!"
Green Music Note zombie4.wav Susan: "The driveshaft's cracked, it must have been the shark when he hit us!"
Green Music Note zombie5.wav Dr. Maynard: "As a man of science, I don't believe in voodooism."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch...

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Reply #1. Posted on October 04, 1999, 10:31:27 AM by
Oh man this brings back fond fond memorys.....awwwwwyes i rememeber it well one summer day! I went to my local DRIVE-IN and seen this wonderful movie. I love a really bad MOVIE, and this was classic!
Just the whole thing of the zombies SLOWLY shambling up to a person, and the idiot letting them get that damn close, then having the SLOW zombie LUNGE at a throat.......well it was just GREAT!
You know, the best part was at the beginning as I was driving in they handed out BARF-BAGS, my gawd, how much more can ya take!!
thanks so much for reviewing this movie, I had no idea how much i had missed it!
Reply #2. Posted on October 05, 1999, 01:04:53 PM by
I remember this film YEAH!
Christ I can't belive I took it so seriously that first time. AND s**t I WAS 15 (probably a liitle soft in the head or gullable, just plain gullable.)
I remember the fact there were no pictures on the back and it kept saying THIS FILM IS CENSORED FOR THE MORE CASUAL VIEWER! I should have laughed at it then and put it back, but I thought why not. At the beginning I was taken back by it being a b-movie (I really though it was a serious zombie flick!)
I got into it after 10 minutes though and I remember crying laughing at THAT AWFUL MUSIC and the end scene in the barn HAHAHAHA the wooden planks being thrown on by people that were meant to be from the ceiling (You could see there hands)
In the end they keep repeating the same piece of film and more and MORE wood piles up! HAHAH
I really liked this movie it had me in STICHES!
Reply #3. Posted on October 09, 1999, 09:49:13 AM by Davvs
this movie is a real gem!!!Lucio Fulci´s masterpiece!this is a must see!!!!!!don´t miss it!
Reply #4. Posted on March 03, 2000, 08:44:10 AM by Chris K.
To the critic and (wahat the hell kind of internet address is that!), this film is totally NOT FUNNY! Very gory! Gorier than THE EVIL DEAD (1979), but not gorier than NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968). Great music too (Daniel-lion says it was bad on his review, but he is a fag so what does he know!) and a nice setting. When Lucio Fluci made this it was called ZOMBIE 2 as a sequel to DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) that was titled in Italy as ZOMBIE. Okay dubbing but saved by great photography (even the exagerated zooming in and zooming out effects are impressive. So watch tis film and forget these poor saps reviews.
Reply #5. Posted on July 18, 2000, 02:56:47 AM by Tony
I consider this one of the better zombie movies, right after the Dead trilogy of George A. Romero. I think this was definitely one of Lucio Fulci's best, and still stands the test of time after all these years. The acting is not very realistic but the special make-up effects are what make this movie. Thats really the best thing about this flick, all the blood, gore and of those flesh-crunching zombies! The wood splinter thru the eye is classic, as well as that brutal throat-ripping scene! I still have an old issue of Fangoria magazine that covered this movie and even had that maggot-infested flesh eater on the cover! Even the music by Goblin has a bizarre appeal in a strange sort of way. All in all, this is a very good addition to any zombie fans video collection, right along with Dawn of the Dead and Gates of Hell.
Reply #6. Posted on May 19, 2000, 07:27:50 AM by Chris K.
I must appologize about my hateful comments to and, but how is ZOMBIE a bad film. If it was it would not be out on video from Anchor Bay Entertainment in it's original 2.35:1 widescreen with trailers and radio spots.
Reply #7. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Chadzilla
Zombie rocks!  It may have its laugh enducing over the top moments (i.e. zombie v shark), but nonetheless the movie bends over backwards to please and that makes it even more endearing.  Great score to.

About those short burning molotovs, you don't think that Lucio was saving a buck by showing the same fire gag over and over again do you?  Naw, couldn't be, could it??????
Reply #8. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Steve
Re. "Zombie" This film was released in UK as "Zombie Flesh Eaters". It has been on and off the "Video nasty" list for years. It was broadcast recently by the ever reliable UK's Channel 4 - uncut - so I now have it in its original form. ZFE is one of Fulci's "better" bad movies, he crams as much gore and breasts in as possible. I think Richard Johnson (DR. Menard) must have seen his last overdraft statement. The music score is suitably sleazy, and the head-shots lesson seems to have been taken on board. Look out for Fulci's other badmovies eg - "House By The Cemetery" - not nice! The characters make the mistake of ignoring advice not to explore the cellar. Will these people never learn? Don't they watch Italian zombie-flix? Try to beg, steal, borrow, or tape Ruggero Deodato's "Cannibal Apocalypse" - it contains an all-time classic line of dialogue. The movie is set in Vietnam (You knew that anyway, didn't you?) and an officer finds one of his men about to chomp on a breast - "Oh my god! Put it down son!" Happy viewing - Steve.
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