Written by Kris Tronerud
“(The Zombies) are alienated creatures who live on the fringes of societyâ€¦ the revenge of those defeated in life.â€
– Lucio Fulci
As the crunching sound of slow, shambling footsteps and ominous musical cues are heard, he (or she) lurches onto the screen, slow, rotting, dangerous and… dead. Itâ€™s that favourite cinematic baddie of eighties film, the only movie monster thatâ€™s easier to get away from than the Mummy: the Zombie! Briefly popular in the 30â€™s in such films as White Zombie and Val Lewtonâ€™s I Walked with a Zombie, the zombie has made a roaring (shuffling?) comeback in such recent hommages and remakes as 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead and zombie pioneer George Romeroâ€™s long awaited sequel Land of the Dead; and while the general filmgoing public probably thinks of Romeroâ€™s Night of the Living Dead as the start of the World-wide Zombie film craze of the 80â€™s, that scurrilous honor actually belongs to another film, the still-notorious Zombie, directed by the late, lamented Lucio Fulci.