October 25, 2014

31 Days of Creepy Scenes, #7: Splinter In The Eye

They've given us nightmares, given us chills, made us cringe, made us  laugh, made us gag, and made us stare at the screen in awe: these are  the scenes that pop into our minds when we think of great Horror Films, and we love them all.

*We recommend that if you've never seen these scenes before, that you experience them for the first time unspoiled in the movies that they come from, if you can. With that in mind, we'll try to be as spoiler-free as possible while discussing them; try, being the key word here.

Zombie aka Zombi 2 and Zombie Flesh Eaters, was Italian Horror's attempt to cash in on the worldwide phenomenon of George Romero's Dawn of The Dead. It was Rated-X and added to the "Video Nasties" list in Great Britain; it was banned in several countries; and it was edited for content in many others, all because it was deemed too violent and perverse for audiences... all of which only served to make Horror fans want to see it more.

It's also probably Lucio Fulci's most well-known film.

Zombie is a classic Italian Horror film in many ways, but it's mostly known and loved for two scenes; the one in which a zombie fights a shark underwater, and the one where Olga Karlatos gets a massive splinter of wood jammed into her eye, by a pissed-off zombie.

Did you notice how Lucio Fulci ratcheted up the tension in this scene, little by little, making what should have been a quick gore gag into a study on effective editing? It took forever for her eye to meet that splinter, and every second of it made us squirm. That's what made Italian Horror movies so great back in the 70's and 80's; they took their time and let the creepy atmosphere breathe. Many of them were silly and nonsensical when it came to plot, dialogue, etc... but you cant honestly say that they didn't absolutely nail it with the scares and gore. Every single time.

While not our favorite Fulci film, Zombie is a seminal movie for any fan of all things undead... and splinters going into eyeballs.

*Did we mention that a zombie fights a shark underwater in this one?


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