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Incubo sulla città contaminata
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Release Date:
18 November 1983 (USA) See more »
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The Nightmare Becomes Reality See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cheap gore...Great fun! See more (116 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Hugo Stiglitz ... Dean
Laura Trotter ... Anna
Maria Rosaria Omaggio ... Sheila
Francisco Rabal ... Holmes
Sonia Viviani ... Cindy
Eduardo Fajardo ... Kramer
Stefania D'Amario ... Jessica
Ugo Bologna ... Desmond
Sara Franchetti ... Liz
Manuel Zarzo ... Donahue
Tom Felleghy ... Reedman
Pierangelo Civera ... Bob
Achille Belletti ... Tech

Mel Ferrer ... Murchison
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Alexander ... Davidson (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Agustín Bescos ... Elevator (uncredited)
Frank Clement ... Aide (uncredited)
Geoffrey Copleston ... Desmond (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua ... Zombie (uncredited)
Roberto Dell'Acqua ... Zombie (uncredited)
Larry Dolgin ... Dean (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Marvin Drake ... Pilot / Reedman (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Alejandro de Enciso ... Captain (uncredited)
Umberto Lenzi ... Reporter (uncredited)
Steven Luotto ... Director (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Fiamma Maglione ... Secretary (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Holmes (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Carmen Martínez Sierra ... Elevator (uncredited)

Antonio Mayans ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Benito Pacifico ... Zombie (uncredited)

Ted Rusoff ... Reporter (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Silvana Scandariato ... Station (uncredited)
Gregory Snegoff ... Cameraman / Elevator (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Robert Sommer ... Controller (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Pat Starke ... Anna (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Sergio Testori ... Soldier (uncredited)
José Yepes ... Controller (uncredited)
Rinaldo Zamperla ... Zombie (uncredited)

Directed by
Umberto Lenzi 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Antonio Cesare Corti 
Luis María Delgado 
Piero Regnoli 

Produced by
Diego Alchimede .... producer
Luis Méndez .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stelvio Cipriani 
 
Cinematography by
Hans Burmann 
 
Film Editing by
Daniele Alabiso 
 
Art Direction by
Mario Molli 
 
Costume Design by
Silvana Scandariato 
 
Makeup Department
Maria Teresa Carrera .... hair stylist (as Maria Teresa Garrera)
Franco Di Girolamo .... makeup artist (as Franco de Girolami)
Giuseppe Ferranti .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Rodolfo Martello .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Riccardo Petrazzi .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Wolfgang Burmann .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Nick Alexander .... dubbing editor
Raul Montesanti .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Franco Di Girolamo .... special effects
Giuseppe Ferranti .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Giulio Battiferri .... camera operator
Renato Palmieri .... assistant camera
Alfio Quattrini .... still photographer: action stills
Mario Sbrenna .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Antonella Maziotti .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Brigida Mastrolillo .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Antonio Corridori .... set technician
Christian Hansen .... assistant to director
Tonino Pinto .... unit publicist
María Isabel Pérez .... continuity
Martín Sacristán .... assistant to director
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Incubo sulla città contaminata" - Italy (original title)
"City of the Walking Dead" - USA (dubbed version)
"Invasion by the Atomic Zombies" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
92 min | USA:88 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | France:16 | Germany:(Banned) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:(Banned) | Italy:VM18 | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 (uncut) (2008) | Spain:18 | Sweden:18 (video rating) | UK:18 (video re-rating) (2003) (uncut) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) (cut) | USA:R (cut) | USA:Not Rated (uncut)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: During TV station attack, when the vampire stabs its victim in the breast in the close up shot, behind the woman is a piece of polished metal reflecting various pieces of equipment.See more »
Quotes:
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:[Dean slaps his wife and then kisses her] Stop it...
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Movie Connections:
References Hell of the Living Dead (1980)See more »

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What are the differences between the British Pre-Cert VHS and the Uncensored Version?
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13 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Cheap gore...Great fun!, 27 June 2004
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Thank you George A. Romero!! If it wasn't for your zombiefilms like `Night of the Living Dead' and `Dawn of the Dead', we never would have received all these fun Italian rip-offs. Umberto Lenzi was the man responsible for this `Nightmare City'. Lenzi is an enthusiast schlock-director with an unhealthy obsession for blood and guts. Within a period of only two years, he made 3 Italian gore classics including this one, `Eaten Alive' and – top of the bill – the notorious `Cannibal Ferox'. The latter is shocking…this film is just fun! An apocalyptic horror film with non-stop action and an constantly growing army of superzombies! Zombies according to Lenzi are a bit more energetic than usual…They drive cars and use guns! Technically, they're aren't even zombies but radioactively contaminated victims of a nuclear accident. They arrive in an airplane and soon, the whole city is infested.

The make-up effects are so cheap and nasty it almost becomes hilarious. It seems like the zombies' heads are covered in mud and you can almost smell their rotting flesh. Lots of heads are being shot off and multiple throats are being slit…perfect entertainment if you're a horror lover in other words. Don't bother if you're an opinionated horror-hater or an amateur-critic, though. I'll spare you the effort: the script of `Nightmare City' is as weak as they come (with a very disappointing ending) and the acting is atrocious. If you're a diehard horror-freak with a soft spot for Italian cult, however, this will be one of the most pleasing films you'll ever see.

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