* CoolVersusAwesome: Zombie vs Shark!!!!!
* CrazyAwesome: The tagline "WE ARE GOING TO EAT YOU!"
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: As Susan gets ready to go scuba diving, [[MaleGaze Peter can't help but stare as she gets undressed.]] When Anne, Peter's ImpliedLoveInterest, notices him ogling Susan, he quickly looks away and tries to act casual. [[NotDistractedByTheSexy Meanwhile Brian, Susan's actual boyfriend, is nonchalantly munching on a snack with a look that says 'Eh, seen it.']]
* EnsembleDarkhorse: "Ol' Worm Eye," one of the most famous zombies in movie history.
* FanService: Right before the famous 'Zombie vs Shark' scene, we are treated to several shots of Susan as she goes scuba diving...topless.
* MagnumOpus: Some either regard this or ''Film/TheBeyond'' as Fulci's greatest film. Fulci personally thought ''Film/DontTortureADuckling'' is his best.
* StrangledByTheRedString: Anne and Peter, after going the entire movie with hardly any romantic tension, suddenly pick a time where they're lost on an island crawling with undead, having just narrowly avoided being killed, to start making out on the ground. Though it was probably justified by the filmmakers as it creates an excuse for [[NightmareFuel a zombie's hand to come out of the ground and grab Anne's hair.]]
* TearJerker: Dr. Manard [[spoiler: having to [[MercyKill shoot the corpse of Anne's father.]]]] It's clear the two men were good friends from the way Manard agonizes over the action. At one point he even seems to break down and almost start to cry before he finally works up the nerve to pull the trigger.
** Brian [[spoiler: [[PietaPlagiarism cradling Susan's dead body after she's killed by a zombie.]]]]
* TheWoobie: Poor Paola. She's scared out of her wits being on an island full of zombies and isn't allowed to leave just because her husband wants to study them further. She ends up getting the most brutal death in the film.
** Anne as well. She unexpectedly loses contact with her father while he's on a trip, her only clue to his whereabouts being his boat turning up with a single zombie on-board. She goes to Matul looking for answers, only to find out [[spoiler: that her father became infected with the zombie plague and had to be [[MercyKill mercy killed]] by his friend.]] And that's before she has to spend the rest of the movie running from zombies!