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Nightmare City (1980)

Incubo sulla città contaminata (original title)
An airplane exposed to radiation lands, and blood drinking zombies emerge armed with knives, guns and teeth! They go on a rampage slicing, dicing, and biting their way across the Italian countryside.


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Cast overview:
Hugo Stiglitz ...
Dean Miller
Laura Trotter ...
Dr. Anna Miller
Maria Rosaria Omaggio ...
Sheila Holmes
Major Warren Holmes
Sonia Viviani ...
Eduardo Fajardo ...
Dr. Kramer
Stefania D'Amario ...
Jessica Murchison
Ugo Bologna ...
Mr. Desmond
Sara Franchetti ...
Liz the Maid
Manuel Zarzo ...
Colonel Donahue (as Manolo Zarzo)
Tom Felleghy ...
Lieutenant Reedman (as Tom Felleghi)
Pierangelo Civera ...
Achille Belletti ...
TV Station Technician
General Murchison


In a nameless European city, a local reporter and his doctor wife try to escape from hordes of blood thirsty zombies, undead people exposed to nuclear radioactivity, while the military leaders fight a losing war of attrition against the relentless atomic zombies. Written by Anonymous

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18 November 1983 (USA)  »

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City of the Walking Dead  »

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Did You Know?


According to director Umberto Lenzi, both Franco Nero and Fabio Testi were considered for the lead in the film, but the producer insisted on a Mexican leading man to appeal to Mexican audiences. Hence, the role went to Hugo Stiglitz. See more »


When the woman at the TV station has her face scratched by a zombie, her face visibly has blood and scratch marks on it before the zombie touches her. See more »


Dr. Anna Miller: I'm tired. Really tired. And I'm frightened. We'll never get away from these... these monsters. What are we going to do?
Dean Miller: Alright. Nothing is going to happen as long as we stay together I promise you. What we've got to do now is get away from here as fast as we can.
Dr. Anna Miller: Let go of me. Why don't you face it. There's no place for us to go. They're we too will be killed. I don't want us to die I don't want us to but there's nothing we can do. They're everywhere...
Dean Miller: [...]
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The message "THE NIGHTMARE BECOMES REALITY..." just before the end credits See more »


References Dead of Night (1945) See more »

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Enjoyable gorefest has its "heart" in the right place.
26 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

Despite the atrocious dubbing and the poor makeup effects, this is an extremely enjoyable zombie flick, with a unique "mood" that perhaps only an Italian production like this one could have captured. The mass attack sequences (which must have been great fun to shoot for the people involved, especially the "zombies") are all standouts. (***)

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