Gotta love Lucio Fulci going classically, crazily gory. This is an Italian gorefest classic released in 1979 and getting a limited theatrical re-release (digitally restored and remastered) by Blue Underground. And on the Roxie screen on Halloween night, it looked beautiful and the fans were cheering at all the right (i.e., goriest moments). Makes you even forgive the cheesy plot and the bad dubbing (like many Italian productions of the time, it had half a cast that spoke English and half only spoke Italian--all dialogue was dubbed in after the fact). There are other cheesy/exploitative elements that I don't even need gore to forgive--like why does the hot chick need to scuba dive topless? I don't care if it makes no sense, it's one of those "best movie ever!" surprise moments. And a topless scuba diving chick being attacked by a shark and an underwater zombie--that's a good candidate for the definition of cinematic perfection.
Running Time: 91 minutes
My Total Minutes: 254,011