Arguably the best film that cult Italian director Lucio Fulci ever made was this low budget zombie pic, which he made to cash in on the success of George Romero's "Dawn of the Dead".
Starting off in New York, two Police officers are boarding an abandoned sail boat drifting in New York's Hudson bay, when they are attacked by a blood stained zombie which bursts out from the decks below. One of the officers is killed by the creature before being shot "dead" by the other policeman.
The boat had belonged to an eminent scientist who went missing in the Caribbean months earlier. His daughter, Anne (Tisa Farrow), upon hearing of the incident fears the worst and decides to try and find out what happened to her father. Aided by newspaper reporter Peter West (played by British Actor Ian McCollough) who believes there's a big story behind this, they head off for the Caribbean in the hopes of finding the remote Island he was heading for.
Teaming up with a couple of American tourists, Bryan (Al Cliver) and Susan (Auretta Gay), who are on a sailing holiday, eventually they do discover the Island of Matuul, which to their horror they find over run by a lot of slow moving, cheesy looking zombies.
After being chased several times around the Island, they are helped by a Dr Menard (played by Shakesperian actor Richard Johnson), who's there on missionary work and is convinced the virulent plague ravaging the island is somehow responsible for the dead coming back to life. But before he can prove his theories, they find themselves under siege by the living dead and a spectacular shoot out ensues.
Displaying all the usual low budget trademarks of Italian cinema, the film makes up for its lack of budget with excessive gore. So much so, that older UK releases were all heavily censored, to varying degress, by the BBFC. Indeed, the version I originally watched on VHS in the 1990s was practically bloodless and it was only after getting an uncut import I was able to fully appreciate how brutally marvelous it was. Fortunately, the film is now available in the UK in all it's uncut glory and comes highly reccomended to all lovers of zombie movies and Italian cinema!