Movies that are slightly off.
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…
Extract from HAMLET by William Shakespeare:
Is she to be buried in Christian burial that
wilfully seeks her own salvation?
I tell thee she is: and therefore make her grave
straight: the crowner hath sat on her, and finds it
How can that be, unless she drowned herself in her
It must be "se offendendo"; it cannot be else. For
here lies the point: if I drown myself wittingly,
it argues an act: and an act hath three branches: it
is, to act, to do, to perform: argal, she drowned
Extract from CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD by Lucio Fulci:
I saw a porno flick once, where this guy got so
carried away, he humped himself to death.
Too much of a good thing.
Yeah, but what a way to go.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, City of the Living Dead may not be Lucio Fulci's finest horror film, but it can probably be considered one of the single most important horror films of my life. Everything changed after the first time I watched it and the rest is history.
*Watched on Arrow blu, which has a few different commentary tracks worth checking out.
Sixty in September: 1/60.
Holy god. My skin has crawled off me and into another dimension. I've seen The Beyond and House by the Cemetery and Zombi 2, and, lord, if nothing could have prepared me for this one.
Unease with The Cat o' Nine Tails, but I'm somewhere else entirely now. I've shuddered and grimaced with it and caught myself mumbling revulsions to myself out loud and rolling around. The face of zombie Emily! The crying blood and intestinal vomit!
Fabio Frizzi. My brain is reeling. Fulci. He gains more and more power over my imagination. It's tremendous. I scarcely know what to say.
Words will come. But this is the thing I'm looking for. It's startling to know something so bizarre and wonderful can possibly have existed -- can exist. I'm in some kind of sick and terrible love.
My first time seeing this horror classic. As I occasionally do on films that have a lot to dissect on a first viewing I will just list a few thoughts.
-There is so much great style on display here right off the bat. That opening with the wind ripping smoke and leaves though the graveyard intercut with the seance is terrific. The shots of the priest hanging himself and the closeup on Catronia MacColl's eye--fantastic!
-Bob* was a creepy weirdo but he didn't deserve to go out like that. Industrial drill to the temple. Harsh.
-The score by Fabio Frizzi is one of the all time great horror scores. The driving pulse and ultimate crescendo in the climactic scene is…
A priest hangs himself and sets in motion a plague of undead murderousness in a tiny upstate town. A young woman is rescued from live burial by the rumpled man's George Segal. A creep in a shanty romances a blow-up doll. Mouths run over with entrails. Brains bubble out of shattered skulls. Airborne maggots swirl around a study. Drill bits sink into heads, children are traumatized and grave diggers reminisce about porn. Some of these things cohere. Some of them don't. None of it matters. Fulci gonna Fulci.
I saw my first Lucio Fulci while eating. I shouldn't have done that.
Some great effects, and a very strange story.
First Movie of my cinematic trip to Italy. Not my first Fulci though. I've seen "The Beyond" many years before, but watching "The Gates of Hell" or "Ein Zombie hing am Glockenseil" reminded me of my first encounter with the italian Horror Maestro.
The Plot is all over the place, same goes for the acting but atmosphere is King. The music is really the icing on the cake, just beautiful and haunting, just like you would expect from an italian movie from the 80s.
And isn't' Gerry the coolest MoFo in this picture. People dying left and right, a little boy nearly gets killed by his Zombie Sister and scarred for life, but Gerry just keeps his cool. Don't expect any sudden movements from this guy. He has everything under control. So in case of Zombie Apocalypse, be like Gerry.
And that one dude murdered Bob. Poor Bob.
Re-watched as part of the Grindhouse Film Festival at The Music Box.
Poor Bob, All he wanted to do was crash in peace, and maybe smoke a joint with Anna. Like most mid-period Fulci flicks you just gotta sit back and roll with the overarching lack of plot. Watching this on 35mm with a decent sized crowd was a joy as there are many funny moments that you probably wouldn't snicker at in the privacy of your own home.
Fulci does some of the wettest, goopiest zombie stuff ever. This one builds its zombie violence at a nice pace, at then finally reaches critical zombie mass during its climax, which is nice. Sometimes these Italian horrors can have big slow spots.
The girl literally puking her guts out and poor Bob taking a drill to the head are standout kills. Probably Fulci had zombies bear-paw off the back of people's skull caps one too many times though. You gotta mix up which parts of the body are getting mutilated throughout the movie, you know?
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