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18 November 1983 (USA) See more »
The Nightmare Becomes Reality See more »
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
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)

Edmund Purdom ... Zombie in Elevator Room (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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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:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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)

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 »
Miscellaneous: When the airport workers call the police, the car is marked police. However since the movie was films in Spain it should be policia (or since Italian movie, polizia).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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) (TV)See more »


What are the differences between the British Pre-Cert VHS and the Uncensored Version?
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Gore-Bore, 19 November 2002
Author: Mike E Monster from Canada

While not to be entirely dismissed as drivel, Lenzi's would-be zombiefest known as NIGHTMARE CITY nonetheless comes off as trying to be too different, too "off-the-beaten-zombie-path", and as result, ends up falling flat in an unsatisfying mix of missed opportunities.

Instead of going with "living dead"-style zombies (i.e. lumbering oafs) Lenzi - against producers wishes who wanted basically a Romero-style-clone - instead argued for and got his wish of the 'zombies' simply being victims of a nuclear radiation accident. All the 'creatures' become supermen of sorts - with heightened strength etc. - not to mention retaining their human faculties of running, driving, being able to fight with weapons etc.

As a result though - pretty much all suspense is thrown out the window, as the movie quickly bogs down into a violent and graphic game of hide and seek. The action is intense (and the blood and gore plentiful) but the 'creatures' or victims simply look like poorly-designed Halloween costume party attendees, who - after realizing they are late for their scheduled gathering - grabbed whatever they could out of their fridge and slapped it on their faces. The result is an unconvincing and inconsistent mess of effects that underwhelms the viewer. Some victims have little makeup, others are nearly indistinguishable under piles of green and red facial clay, (yet ALL sneer menacingly at the camera) and ALL are out for the blood of their next human victim (the creatures need blood to regenerate their cells to keep living. As a result, their victims in turn become creatures as well).

While I applaud Lenzi for at least attempting something different (in an interview on the disk, he explains how he wanted the film to be viewed as an environmental warning etc.) it comes down to the simple fact that the movie ends up failing - the zombies move too fast to be truly creepy and come off as poorly-dressed terrorists from a bad Chuck Norris movie - and basically plays out as a b-level gore bore, weaker on the gore, heavier on the B-bore.

While NIGHTMARE CITY may not be totally rank, let's say ya might wanna drink that milk today - know what I mean?? As in, it smells a little funny - not totally spoiled, but nowhere near fresh-enough to serve to guests. Feelin' lucky??

Recommended for genre completists only.

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