by: DK
by Dan Greene

We love our zombies here at FTTW... Doesn't matter if they're in black and white, living bloody color or Italian... Italian ? Yeah, Italian... And not just any Italian zombies, either... Shark fighting Italian zombies.... Here's DK with all the gory details....

Okay folks, I’m not one of them hifalutin’ foreign movie afficianados. I don’t know much but I know what I like. And I like them foreign horror movies…Zombie movies in particular. italian 1.bmpThey seem to have made a bit of a comeback in the last few years – Dawn Of The Dead remake, Land Of The Dead, Shaun Of, that crappy one based on a video game that I won’t even mention by name and so on.

Part of me wants to complain about the dearth of good horror movies in recent years, but there are a few reasons why I won’t…first of all I am so optimistic and positive that you could slap me in the face and I would thank you for not booting me in the nuts. I take what I can get and make the best of it; most horror movie fans do this in the same way that you root for the sports team you love even though they suck ass. Second, you have the Horror Movie Paradox – bad is often good. A horror movie has to suck really badly before I can understand why you would seriously complain. A strong plot is about as common in horror as it is in porn, and you watch porn, don’t you? Yeah, whatever... Liar. As long as porn, not horror, is the genre that gives you a hardon then we’re cool. Some would also argue that if you were to make a list of all the elements that make a good horror movie, you could find most of the same elements in a horrible one. It’s all in the application, not in the budget.

I used to work in a store that sold a lot of videos, and I used to keep an eye out for the good stuff. italian 2.bmp Every now and then a horror movie that I hadn’t seen or heard of would show up. Before the days of IMDB it would always be a gamble, but that was always part of the fun. One day a movie with a simple and attractive title showed up – Zombie. On the cover was a simple and attractive picture of a zombie. Sold. What the hell, it’s nine bucks and it’s Saturday. Let’s make fun of a shitty horror movie tonight.

Well it had zombies and tits and bad jokes and a chick getting a stick in the eye and an underwater fight between a zombie and a shark and more. As if an underwater zombie/shark mix-up isn’t enough. There’s a cop murdered by a zombie and a zombie murdered by a cop, an intrepid reporter, a scientist who is grossly misunderstood if not mad, ethnic superstitions surrounding an island that none of the locals go to, and oh yeah, the zombies do not fucking run. A running zombie is just…illogical. So I decided that this warranted a comprehensive investigation and I read the back of the box. Some guy named Lucio Fulci was the man to thank. He’d done his share of great movies that I had never seen; even his garbage movies have some pretty good scenes. The best feeling in the world comes from discoveries like that (unless the horror movies actually turn you on, but I’ve evaded that topic once already).

That discovery started me down a gory path that I’m still walking almost ten years later, and the best part is that there are still so many out there that I still haven’t seen. We North Americans have no idea of the high culture we are missing out on across the pond. Sick of shitty horror movies that are rated PG-13 and don’t deliver anything except sudden loud noises and CGI? Leave the country and go back a few years. If you like what I’m talking about then I can give you a few more titles (not a list though, just a couple that I’ve seen and like). If you have seen any of these then jump into the comments and let us all know, because you know how it is here. We need you in on this. And I need to hear about some more before this weekend.

The Beyond – Considered to be one of his best. Good and gory.
The House By The Cemetery – Bad acting with rotten dubbing but who gives a shit. People die well.
City Of The Living Dead
– One chick pukes up her innards. She vomits her own intestines, okay? If you check IMDB it tells you that they achieved this shot by having the fine lady eat fresh warm sheep entrails and then regurgitate them on camera. That is one of the sickest things I’ve ever heard, and if it’s true then I think I’m in love.

Again, this isn’t a list and I’ve only touched on a couple of movies by one of many Italian horror directors. I’m sure a lot of you are aware and can add to this, and if you aren’t aware then methinks you might want to start digging around. Thanks for reading.



Howsabout zombie movies that are so bad that they go beyond so bad they're good, beyond just plain bad and become a parody of they're own badness?

Here's my entry in that category.


Dude I saw that post of yours a couple of weeks ago and have been on the hunt since. That many levels of badness in one movie is irresistible.


1. Vampiros Lesbos
2. Dead Alive
3. Bad Taste

All non American,all classics


"that crappy one based on a video game that I won’t even mention by name and so on."

Good job. The director of that movie is a He Who Shall Not Be Named on this site as well. Or we can call him He Who Should Be Shot.

As far as non american zombie movies go, Dead Alive (Australian) is the best one out there. Goriest, bloodiest zombie movie you will ever see, but with a dark, dark humor about it. Directed by Peter Jackson.


"that crappy one based on a video game that I won’t even mention by name and so on."

I hope you're talking about the one directed by the German dude. 'Cause Resident Evil was okay and Resident Evil 2 rocked socks.


That's right, the shitty one by the German dude. I haven't seen either Resident Evil movie but I'll have to look into them.


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