Zombi (film series)

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Zombi (film series)
Directed byGeorge A. Romero
Dario Argento
Lucio Fulci
Release date
CountryItaly
United States
United Kingdom
Thailand
LanguageEnglish
Italian

The Zombi series refers collectively to various European horror films that have been falsely marketed as sequels to either George A. Romero's Italian-American film Dawn of the Dead (1978) or Lucio Fulci's Italian film Zombi 2 (1979); the latter was itself falsely marketed by the Italian distributor as a sequel to the former, against the wishes of both Romero and Fulci. A confusing history has emerged from the practise of retitling films for release in different countries, in which a given film may have a different title in each country in which it is released. In Britain, these films were released as the Zombie Flesh Eaters series. In North America, these same films became known as the Zombie series.

For the European release of Romero's Dawn of the Dead, the film was re-edited by Dario Argento and re-scored by Goblin, and retitled Zombi. Following its success, a zombie film by Lucio Fulci that was already in production was retitled Zombi 2 to appear as an ersatz sequel. A series of increasingly tenuous efforts by various producers to capitalize on the Zombi name ensued.[1]

Series by region[edit]

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.

  • Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979) (Italian title: Zombi 2)
  • Zombie Flesh Eaters 2 (1988) (Italian title: Zombi 3)
  • Zombie Flesh Eaters 3 (1988) (Italian title: Oltre la morte, a.k.a. After Death)

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 continues with Day of the Dead and the Italian Zombi 3.

  • Zombie (1979) (original title: Dawn of the Dead)
  • Zombie 2: Das Letzte Kapitel (1985) (original title: Day of the Dead)
  • Zombie III (1988) (Italian title: Zombi 3)

Thai series[edit]

The Thai Zombi series follows the titling and numbering of the British series, but adds the unrelated film Killing Birds with the new title, Zombie Flesh Eaters 4.[2]

  • Zombie Flesh Eaters (Italian title: Zombi 2)
  • Zombie Flesh Eaters 2 (Italian title: Zombi 3)
  • Zombie Flesh Eaters 3 (Italian title: Oltre la morte, a.k.a. After Death)
  • Zombie Flesh Eaters 4 (Italian title: Uccelli assassini, a.k.a. Killing Birds)

American series[edit]

Although the American series begins with Zombi 2 and continues in the established sequence, some of the films were retitled again and the titles do not follow in numerical order. Zombi 2 was renamed Zombie, but Zombi 3 was still renamed Zombie 3 rather than Zombie 2. Two additional films were released on home video with titles that would imply that they were sequels, but which had nothing to do with the Italian series.

  • Zombie (1979) (Italian title: Zombi 2)
  • Zombie 3 (1988) (Italian title: Zombi 3)
  • Zombie 4: After Death (1988) (Italian title: Oltre la morte, a.k.a. After Death)
  • Zombie 5: Killing Birds (1987) (Italian title: Uccelli assassini, a.k.a. Killing Birds)
  • Zombie 6: Monster Hunter (1981) a.k.a. Absurd (which is itself a pseudo-sequel to Joe D'Amato's Antropophagus)
  • Zombie 7 (1991) a.k.a Zombie 90: Extreme Pestilence a German made squeal that was made so incompetently that the people who made it didn't rename it Zombie 91: Extreme Pestilence and change the script to reflect that, in fact people cared so little about this movie, when it was dubbed in English, the dubbing house used voices and lines that barely had anything to with the actual movie
  • Zombie 8 a.k.a Night of the seagulls, the fourth and final entry into the blind dead series of movies, but not the last in the zombie series
  • Zombie 9 a.k.a Kung Fu Zombie, as Zombie 9 was the title used in Turkmenistan when it was released on TV
  • Zombi 10 a.k.a Beyond the Darkness this was the title used for the release in Mexico, this entry is also notable for changing the titles from zombie back to zombi as that was the original name of the series until zombie 4 changed the spelling, it would keep this way of spelling it going forward
  • zombi 11:Bruce's Fingers a.k.a Bruce's Fingers it wasn't until it was released in Kyrgyzstan fans would realize that this movie was a zombi movie the whole time
  • Zombi 12: The Insane Oily Freak a.k.a The Oily Maniac, thankfully with the Uzbekistan video CD release the connection was finally revealed just as fans predicted
  • Zombi 13: The Bionic Zombie a.k.a Infra-man, not even the most hardcore of fans could have predicted this, but when it was shown on Azerbaijan cable TV, everything became clear, it was so obvious looking back
  • Zombi 14: Mushroom Zombies a.k.a Matango, it might seem like madness to think a movie released 5 years before Zombi 0 a.k.a Night of the living dead would be the final film in the franchise (for now) but you would be wrong, you see what happened is that just before George Romero died, he used his telepathic powers to send his script for Zombi 14: Mushroom Zombies to the mind director Ishirô Honda, he immediately say the brilliance of the masterpiece, so in secret he made the movie George Romero instructed him to create, and when it was released as a Turkmenistan video catalog title, everything made sense

In the 1990s several unrelated titles were released as Zombie sequels by T-Z Video (aka Edde Entertainment) These titles were as follows:

  • Zombie (1979)
  • Zombie 2 (the same film as Zombie)
  • Zombie 3: Return of the Zombies (1973) (original Spanish title: La orgía de los muertos, aka The Hanging Woman) (starring Paul Naschy, directed by José Luis Merino)
  • Zombie 4: A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1973) (original French title: Christina, princesse de l'érotisme, directed by Jess Franco, with additional scenes, directed by Jean Rollin, added for re-release in 1981.)
  • Revenge in the House of Usher: Zombie 5 (1982) (correct title: Revenge in the House of Usher, directed by Jesus Franco) The words "Zombie 5" were added to the video box only (in very small letters in error), not on the film print itself
  • Zombie 6: Monster Hunter (1981) a.k.a. Absurd (which is itself a pseudo-sequel to Joe D'Amato's Antropophagus)
  • Zombie 7 (Joe D'Amato's Antropophagus (1980) aka The Grim Reaper)

Other films[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Russell, Jamie. Book of the Dead. FAB Press, 2005 ISBN 1-903254-33-7.
  2. ^ http://www.ethaicd.com/show.php?pid=54149
  3. ^ "Pulgasari (1985) Release Info". IMDb. Retrieved July 17, 2018.