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City of the Living Dead
And the dead shall rise and walk the earth!
City of the Living Dead (Italian: Paura nella città dei morti viventi, also known as The Gates of Hell) is a 1980 Italian horror film directed by Lucio Fulci. It is the first installment of the unofficial Gates of Hell trilogy which also includes The Beyond and The House by the Cemetery. Fulci makes an uncredited cameo appearance as Dr. Joe Thompson in the film.
This was my introduction to Italian horror films which spiraled out of control into an obsessed frenzy after one watch. I remember renting this (as Gates of Hell) when I was still a teenager. I watched the tape, stopped it after the credits, picked up my jaw, rewound the tape and watched it again. I then walked a couple blocks to my friends house, invited her to my house where we could watch it together. In a single rental day span, I watched this movie three times.
While the notorious regurgitation scene (complete with an appearance by horror director Michele Soavi) in the cemetery BLEW MY MIND, I was hooked at the very beginning. Seeing a priest commit suicide while…
It's her... Mrs. Holden. This morning she was inside a coffin at the funeral home, and now she's here in my kitchen!
Watching City of the Living Dead was like having Lucio Fulci shove his fingers directly into my brain, then proceed to wiggle, grate and squeeze them together until my grey matter turned into mush. Less a cinematic experience and more of an assault on the senses, and yet I couldn't look away because I was in awe of the unimaginable come to life on film.
Fulci uses the half hazard Lovecraft inspired plot as an excuse to string together gore, guts and mayhem. It's everything that made 70s and 80s horror great…
All Night Italian Splatterfest - Film 2/4. Also known as The Gates of Hell.
Another pleasant surprise. Loved this story of a small town where the dead begin to come back to life. The make up is fun and there is so many gross out moments! The thing that is so great about these Italian horror films is that they are equal parts impressive and kind of ridiculous. This movie just worked on so many levels and it really gave me a Carpenter feel. Who is to say if Fulci inspired Carpenter or if it was the other way around - City of the Living Dead specifically reminded me of Prince of Darkness on some artistic levels and that was made 7 years later.
A very Lucio Fulci film. Great gore, great score, eerie atmosphere and a story that is slightly difficult to fully comprehend and very much out there. To be honest, im not 100% sure that this film makes any sense at all, but it has such a great feel that you kind of let it go. I've yet to see all of Fulci's films, but the 4 or 5 that I have seen all have an atmosphere and pacing that really can't be duplicated. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing, I don't know.
Ok, once and for all. What IS that ending all about?
Classic Fulci that has the absolutely supreme level of gore. This guy was the king. That drill to the head looks incredible even now. And the puking of entrails? Come on.
This film begins with an off-camera bloodcurdling scream and there is no let-up in the atmosphere. A priest commits suicide in Dunwich and all manner of apocalyptic stuff occurs. Great music and some bizarre scenes, one or two with unintentional humour combine to make a memorable experience. You might not necessarily like it, but it is hard to shake.
Tirando os Zumbis com poderes do Noturno do X-Men e o final sem sentido algum, o filme é ok.
some really great zombie makeup, deaths, and another swell fabio frizzi song at the end. other than that it's pretty uninteresting.
The first in the unofficial Gates of Hell trilogy; Lucio Fulci's City of the Living Dead is a zombie flick like no other. In this they've been gifted with super powers. Ranging from teleportation to making people cry blood and vomit their eternal organs with just a look.
It begins with the suicide of a small town priest. His death opens up a gate to hell through which the dead can return to walk the earth. If our heroes aren't able to close the gate by All Saints Day the dead will take over the planet.
The pace drops off here and there, but it remains entertaining enough. There's plenty of gore with all the brain ripping and the head drilling. It's a bit of a different take on the zombie thing with having them do more than just shuffle about. This definitely has its flaws, but it's worth a watch.
The first in the unofficial "Gates of Hell" trilogy, City of the Living Dead is classic Fulci; a nonsensical plot, tons of gore, and a slightly surreal, creepy atmosphere that pervades every frame of the film. Fabio Frizzi's score is great and the visuals are among the director's best, with one beautifully shot scene of a woman buried alive in particular standing out for it's gothic horror. It also contains the filmmaker's trademark over-the-top gore in spades (and intestines). It can be painfully slow and utterly confusing, not to mention cheesy, but it's one of Lucio Fulci's most memorable films
trash but still better than most of the modern zombie-movies
Bona atmòsfera, banda sonora carpenteriana i els habituals tocs gore de Fulci...però un guió irregular amb un final WTF.
This movies plot makes no sense, but who cares it has some amazing special FX, especially the woman that pukes her entrails
Probably my least favourite of Fulci's Gates of Hell trilogy, it does have the best throwing-up-the-intestines scene in any film ever.
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- The Woman in Black
- The House of the Laughing Windows
- Who Can Kill a Child?
- The Seventh Victim
- The Devils
- Carnival of Souls
- The Perfume of the Lady in Black
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