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If there’s a lesson to be learned in Lucio Fulci’s 1979 Italian cult-horror film Zombie, it’s this: Don’t ever turn your back on the undead. Not if you’re a half-crazed doctor whose close friend and colleague has fallen victim to a mysterious disease that revives the deceased, turning them into decomposing, flesh-hungry hellspawn. Not if you’re a neglected, alcoholic housewife who wants to take a shower in her empty house—which, incidentally, is next door to both a Spanish conquistador graveyard and a scary, drum-beating voodoo tribe’s HQ. And especially not if you’re a doe-eyed, perky-breasted scuba diver out for a topless deep-sea swim off the coast of an uncharted Caribbean island. Because—as slow as they may seem during their initial approach—zombies are apparently capable of suddenly shifting gears, closing short distances with blinding speed, and ripping their victims’ throats out before they even get a chance to scream. It’s little known bits of zombie trivia such as this that make Fulci’s “graphically depraved shocker” (known as Zombi 2 overseas and originally intended as a knockoff/semi-sequel to George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead) a valuable resource in these Romero-revival times. Did you know that, even after their eyes have rotted out, the recently re-animated still enjoy a little voyeurism every now and then? And that, in their spare time, some members of the undead community enjoy wrestling sharks? And why shouldn’t they? Live life to the fullest, and then some—that’s the zombie way. Know who’s sitting behind you when the Washington Psychotronic Film Society, Trash Palace, and Blue Underground present Zombie at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Dr. Dremo’s Taphouse, 2001 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. $2 (suggested donation). (Matthew Borlik)