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18 November 1983 (USA) See more »
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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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  (in credits order)
Hugo Stiglitz ... Dean Miller
Laura Trotter ... Dr. Anna Miller
Maria Rosaria Omaggio ... Sheila Holmes
Francisco Rabal ... Maj. Warren Holmes
Sonia Viviani ... Cindy
Eduardo Fajardo ... Dr. Kramer
Stefania D'Amario ... Jessica Murchison
Ugo Bologna ... Mr. Desmond
Sara Franchetti ... Liz
Manuel Zarzo ... Col. Donahue
Tom Felleghy ... Lt. Reedman
Pierangelo Civera ... Bob - Jessica's husband
Achille Belletti ... TV Station Technician

Mel Ferrer ... Gen. Murchison
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Alexander ... Cmdr. Davidson (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Agustín Bescos ... Man in elevator (uncredited)
Frank Clement ... Dr. Kramer's Assistant (uncredited)
Geoffrey Copleston ... Dr. Desmond (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua ... Zombie outside TV station (uncredited)
Roberto Dell'Acqua ... Zombie Outside TV Station (uncredited)
Larry Dolgin ... Dean Miller (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Marvin Drake ... Pilot (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Alejandro de Enciso ... Captain (uncredited)
Umberto Lenzi ... News Reporter (uncredited)
Steven Luotto ... TV Station Director (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Fiamma Maglione ... Mr. Desmond's Secretary (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Maj. Warren Holmes (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Carmen Martínez Sierra ... Woman in Elevator (uncredited)

Antonio Mayans ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Benito Pacifico ... Zombie at TV Station (uncredited)

Ted Rusoff ... Radio Reporter (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Silvana Scandariato ... Woman at TV station (uncredited)
Robert Sommer ... Air Traffic Controller (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Pat Starke ... Anna Miller (voice: English version) (uncredited)
José Yepes ... Air Traffic Controller (uncredited)
Rinaldo Zamperla ... Zombie at TV Station (uncredited)
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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
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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92 min | USA:88 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
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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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 »
Revealing mistakes: During the airport attack, a soldier runs up to one of the vampires who hits him in the head and takes his machine gun to use on other soldiers. Just before the soldier gets hit, you can see the fake blood already applied to his forehead before the blow strikes.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:[Dean slaps his wife and then kisses her] Stop it...
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Consistently amusing., 31 March 2012
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

A fun horror movie from director Umberto Lenzi ("Eaten Alive!", "Cannibal Ferox"), "Nightmare City", a.k.a. "City of the Walking Dead", doesn't have a lot of story, it just has a lot of lively, gory mayhem for those Italian horror fans looking for some undemanding thrills. The set up is simple enough: sadistic fiends, contaminated due to atomic radiation, run amok in a city, brutally slaughtering some victims and contaminating others. Even if not technically zombies, they do exhibit a certain tenacity (and CAN be killed by shots or blows to the head) and also are vampire like in that they enjoy drinking the blood of victims. They don't just use their bare hands, either, still being able to employ various lethal weapons. The army is content not to let too many details get out, while the body count rises, and a reporter (Hugo Stiglitz) and his doctor wife (Laura Trotter) try to make a trek to safety. A nice amount of cheese (for one thing, one major set piece has the fiends cause havoc during the taping of a TV dance show) adds to the entertainment value, as does the music score by Stelvio Cipriani and the kind of gore we as fans come to expect from this sort of thing, and pleasurable doses of female skin. Now, some viewers can take issue with the way the movie ends, but personally I don't feel it really hurts the movie at all, even if it has the air of familiarity. Lenzi keeps the action flowing for much of the running time, only slowing down somewhat for an interlude with our two main characters as they attempt to take a breather at a remote location. Now, the acting may not be exactly Oscar calibre stuff, but it gets the job done, with Mexican star Stiglitz definitely creating a real take-charge kind of guy, and entertaining performances by Francisco Rabal and special guest star Mel Ferrer as two of the Army guys. Other cast members include Eduardo Fajardo ("Django", "Lisa and the Devil") and Stefania D'Amario ("Zombi 2"). The ladies here sure provide fine eye candy. Mostly, this movie is enjoyable for seeing our antagonists on the attack, no matter what they're doing, and "Nightmare City" amounts to 92 solid minutes of action, gore and sexiness that's never ever boring. It's highly recommended to lovers of Italian genre cinema. Seven out of 10.

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