We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
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…
The creepy atmosphere and menacing track are stupendously terrifying! The plot is incoherent and considering this is suppose to be a zombie film they are not the focal point! The real star of the show is the Haunting Atmosphere Fulci unleashed upon the world!
As a zombie connoisseur I preferred the zombies from his earlier film Zombie! They were by far more realistic looking! And they were more abundant and provided some pretty gory scenes and weren't as camera shy as the ones in this film! In fact I found the disappearing reappearing zombies in this film pretty silly! But the scene where the zombies are on fire and it became blatantly obvious that they were Zombie dummies! And when…
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.
Part 13 of Hoop-Tober
"The soul that pines for eternity shall outspan death."
The first Italian horror movie I ever watched was Lucio Fulci’s Zombie (nearly two years ago). The version I watched was completely dubbed over in Italian with no English subtitles but I still enjoyed what was going on on-screen and everything was brutal and sickening but completely awesome. I wasn't entirely used to this type of hardcore horror (that eye-gouging scene still makes me squirm every time I see it) and it sent me into this state of mind similar to the state of mind I sometimes experience while trying out a delicious piece of food for the very first time (I’m…
There isn't much of a logical plot, there aren't any particularly good performances, but there is a scene where a woman vomits up all of her internal organs. Watch this movie.
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…
I have always been adamant that gore movies do not bother me as, in my mind, I have seen it all. Then I watched 'City of the Living Dead' and had to reevaluate myself. In a nutshell, this movie is pretty fucking horrible and at times I found myself shocked by what I was seeing. At the worst I was expecting something similar to 'Zombie Flesh Eaters' but this film made it look tame by comparison.
The story is fairly straight forward and is set up nicely from the beginning. A priest hangs himself in a cemetery located in what was formally known as Salem. In doing so he opens a gate to Hell and the dead begin to rise.…
Mmm I think this is my favourite of the trilogy. A surprisingly coherent story, Katherine MacColl is super slinky and the effects are utterly suburb. The editing and sound design can annoy and there are several scenes when its things are just starting to get juicy and it disjointedly cuts away. But still Fulci does not jip us in any way, shape or form and there are a plethora of excellent scenes of suspense, terror and gory mayhem. I love the supernatural elements combined with a general feeling of dread, and as before, the quality of the effects really raises this one for me. Impressively disgusted.
Nice one Fulci.
A priest's suicide opens the gates of hell and the dead start to rise.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'm already running out of adjectives to use when I refer to Fulci and his work.
This is another genius output from Fulci's twisted mind, just the atmosphere of the movie is enough to scare you sleepless. Through the entire movie we are nothing but spectators of the incoming evil that will take over Earth, and he manages to hold our attention at every minute of runtime, with tension that just grows and grows.
As it couldn't be different, it features of the goriest zombie make-ups I have ever seen, and even more gross death scenes (like a girl spitting out her guts by her mouth and a guy having his skull drilled). A must-see for any true horror film…
I love The Beyond, probably Fulci's best...but City of the Living Dead has always been my favorite Fulci film...The story, the atmosphere, its dream-like qualities, the music, and the gore...not to mention the ambiguous ending...It is really just an entertaining watch...This one has it all folks...
While repetitive in most of the gorier death scenes CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD succeeds at being the goopy, trippy zombie movie you expect from Lucio Fulci.
Lucio Fulci's City of the Living Dead is a stylish, quirky, atmospheric and brutal piece of horror cinema that is relentlessly entertaining as it is fascinating.
Everything fits, the somewhat detached yet entertaining acting, the funny moments, the camera work is particularly immersive and extremely well done.
The music is also very fitting with a simple yet ominous tone and it works so well with the characters and editing it's honestly enchanting at times.
This is just a damn fun time people. And a perfect start for me to watch more older/classic horror films. Can't wait to see The Beyond, House by the Cemetery, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1&2 and so on.
Fuck yeah, I think I'm finally getting what this whole horror craze is about. Can't wait to be a seasoned viewer of it.
Oh and the gore? Is wonderfully grotesque.
City Of The Living Dead (1980) film thoughts... I finally was able to find this Lucio Fulci film for a decent price and watched it again (and the documentary on the Blue Underground DVD) right away. It's been a few years since I have seen it, maybe since the Laserdisc days, so with fresh eyes, here is what I thought...
Most horror film fiends know this story well... a priest hangs himself in a cemetery, unlocking the Gates of Hell. On All Saint's Day, the dead will walk the Earth and humanity is over if this happens. A quartet of people are trying to solve the mystery on how to stop it, will they succeed? You need to see for…
Lovely, vile fun. Looks lovely on Blu and has some genuinely gruesome moments. I will admit that I can't watch the intestine spewing unless it's on fast forward, but then I do have a vomit phobia!!
The other notorious sequence which includes a drill, does look rather real considering what appears to be a tight budget and considering it's 1980. That said, it sorta comes out of nowhere, and seems a bit out of place.
Not the best of the three, but miles above some of the other zombie turds out there.
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