Zombi (film series)

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The Zombi series refers to a set of various horror film series that have been marketed, in various territories, as sequels to either George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978) or Lucio Fulci's Zombi 2 (1979). It has a confusing history of release, with numerous entries in different series varying by different regions in the world. The British releases of the same movies are known as the Zombie Flesh Eaters series and the American releases, while not having a consistent name, could be known as simply the Zombie series.

The Zombi series started with George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead. The European release of that movie was re-edited and re-scored by Italians Dario Argento and Goblin, and released as Zombi. Because of its success, a zombie film by Lucio Fulci (already in production) was retitled Zombi 2 to appear as if it were a sequel. This was the first in a run of increasingly tenuous attempts by different producers to capitalize on the Zombi name.[1]

Series by region[edit]

Official (Italian) Series[edit]

The Italian series starts with Dawn of the Dead and is followed by Zombi 2 and its officially released sequel.

British Series[edit]

In the UK the series is known as Zombie Flesh Eaters. While it follows the Italian series in proper order, it ignores Dawn of the Dead as the first entry, and instead starts with Zombi 2, adding the unrelated film Oltre la morte as a third installment.

German Series[edit]

The German series, like the Italian series, starts off with Dawn of the Dead, but ignores Fulci's Zombi 2 (which was released separately as Woodoo), and instead properly follows up with Day of the Dead, but then follows after that with the Italian Zombi 3.

Thai Series[edit]

The Thai Zombi films have the least confusion of the bunch, as each film is simply numbered, in correct order.[2]

American Series[edit]

The American series is the most confusing. Although it includes the original Italian series starting with Zombi 2 in order, the titles did not directly follow each other. Zombi II was renamed Zombie, but Zombi 3 kept its appropriate title. Then, Zombi 4 was released with the American title Zombie 4: After Death. To further confusion, two films were released on home video with titles that would imply they were sequels, but they had nothing to do with the Italian series.

Even further confusion exists in the American series as in the 1990s several unrelated titles were released as Zombie sequels by T-Z Video (aka Edde Entertainment) TZ titles were as follows:

Other Films[edit]

Danish Series[edit]

The Danish distributor company Another World Entertainment, formed in 2006, has issued a numbered "Zombie series" with Italian zombie movies on DVD, which so far includes:

  1. Lucio Fulci's The Beyond (L'aldilà) (1981)
  2. Lucio Fulci's City of the Living Dead (Paura nella città dei morti viventi) (1980)
  3. Lucio Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters (Zombi 2) (1979)
  4. Marino Girolami's Zombie Holocaust (Zombi holocaust) (1980)
  5. Lucio Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters 2 (Zombi 3) (1988)
  6. Umberto Lenzi's Nightmare City (Incubo sulla città contaminata) (1980)
  7. Bruno Mattei's Hell of the Living Dead (Virus) (1980)
  8. Andrea Bianchi's Burial Ground (aka Night of Terror) (Le notti del terrore) (1981)