You may not remember through the haze of booze, pills, and indiscriminate hobo sex, but back in 2008, I posted a clip of a zombie fighting a shark. This was not done through special effects, unless you consider sticking an actor inside a shark tank a special effect. The clip came from Lucio Fulci’s 1980 film Zombie — why wouldn’t you call it “Zombie Shark Fight?” Sell the sizzle, man! — and thanks to a recent re-release, you’ll be able to see it in theaters this weekend at special midnight showings in advance of its DVD and Blu-Ray release next week (October 25th, to be precise). I’ve got the list of theaters and more pictures and video after the jump.
“Fulci put a stuntman dressed as a zombie in a tank with a live shark and made them fight – it’s one of the craziest, most insane and irresponsible scenes ever put on film. This was 1980, years before CG. And the zombie wins! To this day, nobody knows how in the hell he did it, it’s simply jaw-dropping. There’s nothing you will see in any modern zombie movie that comes close to what Fulci did in 1980.” – Eli Roth. [from the press release]
Based on my extensive knowledge of racial stereotypes from the 30s, I think I can imagine it went down. (EXCLUSIVE!):
STUNTMAN: But-a mister-a Fulci, how-a Guiseppe guana fight-a di shark? My mama, she barely-a teach-a me to swim! Please, Guiseppe got-a keeds to-a feed!
LUCIO FULCI: Guiseppe! Testaduro! How many-a time Lucio guana tell-a you? You dona a-gotta FIGHT-a di shark, you-a just-a gotta SWEEM with-a di shark. The shark, she wont-a even-a be-a hungry. We fill-em uppa good, with-a my mama’s a-meataballs!
STUNTMAN: …With-a… you mama‘s a-meataballs? Mamma mia! Everyone-a know, Mama Fulci’s a-meatballs, they’re-a di best eena Italy!
LUCIO FULCI: Oh, so-a now a-you no-a scared-a no more, skifozo? You just-a make sure-a the shark-a belly, she no burst-a from a-too many meataball. Now go, get inna di tank. You film-em uppa good, I give-a you some-a di leftover a-shark a-ball. ACCIONE!
STUNTMAN: Mama Fulci’s a-meataball, here I a-come! (*kisses fingers, jumps in tank*)
After the jump: the trailer, more stills, and a list of theaters where you can see Zombie this weekend.
Guild Cinema (Oct. 28 & 29)
Plaza Theatre (9:30pm, Oct. 21 only)
Alamo The Ritz (9:30pm, Oct. 24 & 7:00pm, Oct. 31)
Alamo S. Lamar (7:00pm, Oct. 30)
Coolidge Corner Theatre
Music Box Theatre
Capitol Theatre (Oct. 15)
Landmark Inwood Theatre
Landmark Main Art
Landmark River Oaks
5 Points Theatre (11:30pm, Oct. 21 only)
Tivoli Cinemas (9:00pm)
Theatre 7 (7:00pm, Oct. 31)
Liberty Hall (10:00pm, Oct. 21 only)
New Beverly Cinema
The Royale (10:00pm, Oct. 21 & 9:00pm, Oct. 22)
Landmark Uptown (Nov. 4 & 5)
NEW YORK CITY
Mayfair Theatre (11:30pm, Oct. 21 only)
Landmark Ritz Bourse (10:00pm)
The Oaks Theater (11:59pm, Oct. 21 & 7:00pm, Oct. 22)
Hollywood Theatre (9:30pm)
Alamo Westlakes (10:00pm)
Landmark Ken Cinema
Roxie Theater (Various Times, Oct. 29 – 31)
(Ian McCulloch in person on Oct. 21!)
ST. PETE BEACH, FL
The Beach Theatre
The Revue Cinema (Oct. 22 & 31)
The Loft Cinema
Landmark E Street Cinema
Warren Old Town Theater (7:00 & 9:00pm, Oct. 24 & 25)
Alamo Drafthouse Winchester
Park Theatre Cafe (8:00pm, Oct. 13)
YELLOW SPRINGS, OH
Little Art Theatre (9:00pm, Oct. 22 only)
Here’s the trailer: