The Duke is something of a connoisseur of the old horror and so on. If, for example, one were to ask me, "Hey, Duke, what continent would you say produces the best Horrors these days?", I would have to say, "Well, to the best of The Duke's damn well informed mind, it's gotta be those Asians."
A couple centuries ago, though, back in the 1970 or so, it wasn't the Asians at all, although they did give us such delights as Onibaba and Kwaidan. No, it was in fact a bunch by the name of The Italians.
Crazy as it may seem, and I'll be the first to admit it's crazy as a motherfucker, there a lot of similarities between these Asian horror-types and their earlier Italian brethren. Asian horror, for example, is also keen on throwing together misogynist piss with the promise of inventive slaughter, i.e, Evil Dead Trap.
Also, at their best, those Asian cats throw plot and all that right out the window, focussing instead on mood and effect. And finally, when something is a success in Asia, you can pretty sure it'll have a million sequels and spin-offs before the nights out. Just like those Italians.
Because if nothing else, The Italian Cinema is a motherfucking genius when it comes to jumping on a bandwagon. It's just a damn embarrassment that their efforts turn out to be better than the stuff they were imitating. Bit like when Johnny Cash did Hurt by Marilyn Manson.
Anyway, after doing the religious epic for a time, when Sergio Leone turned in a few of the Samson flicks, and then doing the western thing for a further time, when Sergio Leone gave us those Good Bad And Ugly films with John Wayne, came a period devoted to the zombies, when Sergio Leone got all respectable and fucked off to make films with Robert De Niro doing the gangster thing.
This zombie craze was down to an American flick by the name of Dawn Of The Dead, directed by a feisty young fella with a beard by the name of George A Romero, and co-produced by Dario Argento, the man who gave us Women Die On Account Of Barbed Wire, and Women Die On Account Of Being Put Through Windows.