* CoolVersusAwesome: Zombie vs Shark!!!!!
* CrazyAwesome: The tagline "WE ARE GOING TO EAT YOU!"
* EnsembleDarkhorse: "Ol' Worm Eye," one of the most famous zombies in movie history.
* 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.]]
* TheWoobie: Poor Poala. 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.