An abandoned yacht is drifting into New York bay, & all 2 cops find
aboard is an overweight zombie below deck, who immediately kills one of the
cops before he can be shot dead ... well, deader. Of course the dead cop turns
into a zombie himself before long & starts killing other people ...
as if allt hat wasn' t bad enough, both nosey newspaperman Peter (Ian McCulloch)
& Anne (Tisa Farrow) the daughter of the owner of the Yacht decide to snoop
around in all of these goings-on a bit, & soon they decide they have to go
to the island Matul in the Antilles, where Anne's father - the boat-owner - was
last seen alive & from where he sent Anne a message, claiming he has
contracted a terrible disease ...
Soon, Peter & Anne hitch a ride to
Matul with the yachting tourist couple Brian (Al Cliver) & Susan (Auretta
Gay), who promise to take them to Matul even if nobody knows exactly where
Matul is ...
The way to Matul is of course easily found when Susan, on a
diving expedition in all her topless beauty, meets a zombie (underwater !), who
as a matter of fact saves her from a shark when the 2 start to devour each
On Matul itself, our quartet soon meets up with doctor Menard, who runs
the local hospital but has eventually found the island overrun by zombies
- & Anne's father was one of them - & even though he tries to study the
zombies' symptoms now, he finds himself at a losing post ... but at least the
zombies are only on the other side of the island - or so he thinks. When he
sends our quartet off to make a social call to Menard's wife (Olga Karlatos),
they find her already being devoured by zombies, & soon find the zombies
going after them too. Eventually though they can shake the zombies, only to
take a rest on an old Conquistadores' graveyard, & considering the
Conquistadores have been stiffs for about 450 years, their corpses are still
pretty lively & promptly take out Susan.
Peter, Anne & Brian make it
back to the hospital, only to find it attacked by zombies as well, &/
pretty much the whole staff including Doc Menard are taken out soon ... &
even Brian is injured when his girlfriend Susan - naturally a zombie by then -
takes a bite out of his arm.
With their last reserves, Peter, Anne &
Brian make it to their boat anyhow, & embark on the journey back home, when
Brian too dies. Peter & anne want to keep his corpse to find some kind of
cure on the next island ... but what they hear on the radio is not all that promising:
New York is overrun by zombies ... I have just received message that
they are in the building ... ohmigod they are coming into htis room ... aaargh !
the title suggests, Zombi 2 was produced as a quick cash-in on the
success of George Romero's Dawn of the
Dead (called simply Zombi in Italy), & some sources have it
that it did even outgross that film in pure revenues. That said, the film is
certainly not among director Fulci's better pictures on a pure quality level -
& Fulci's films, even the horror shockers he is now most renowned for, do
differ significantly in quality from just great (his Gothic
trilogy) to the ridiculous (Black
But in the case of Zombi 2, Fulci's blunt approach to
the genre works for once, & the simplistic storyline, the one-dimensional
characters & the total lack of irony for the rather ridiculous matter work
for once in the film's favour instead of against it ... even the monotonous
music makes sense in a zombie-film. & of course the gore effects didn't
hurt the film's success either.
And after all, the film has at least 3
memorable, if silly, scenes: a zombie fighting a shark (possibly to cash in on
the animal horror trashfilm Jaws, too), Olga Karlatos' splinter in the
eye scene (ouch !), & the ending, where a radio announcer announces the
zombies are entering the room ... aaargh.