Released as an unofficial (Italian) sequel to Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead, with New York bookends shot for the overseas market, Zombie Flesh Eaters should’ve been DOA.
Instead, Lucio Fulci’s zombie saga is an exploitation classic that shocks with its gore and impresses with its artistry.
True, as the undead overrun the remote community of Matul Island, there’s dreadful dubbing and grotty acting to endure.
But Fulci strikes a delicious balance between bloodthirsty thrills and eccentric flourishes, building to an exhilarating inferno of a climax.
Meaty extras include a doc on Italian zombie cinema.