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City of the Living Dead (1980)

Paura nella città dei morti viventi (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 6 May 1983 (USA)
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A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from their graves.

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Peter Bell
Catriona MacColl ...
Mary Woodhouse (as Katriona MacColl)
Carlo De Mejo ...
Gerry
Antonella Interlenghi ...
Emily Robbins
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ...
Bob
Daniela Doria ...
Rosie Kelvin
Fabrizio Jovine ...
Father William Thomas
Luca Venantini ...
John-John Robbins (as Luca Paisner)
Michele Soavi ...
Tommy Fisher
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Mr. Ross
Enzo D'Ausilio ...
Sheriff Russell's deputy
Adelaide Aste ...
Theresa
Luciano Rossi ...
Policeman in apartment
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Sheriff Russell
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Sandra
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In the small New England town of Dunwich, a priest commits suicide by hanging himself in the church cemetery which somehow opens the gates of hell allowing the dead to rise. Peter, a New York City reporter, teams up with a young psychic, named Mary, to travel to the town where they team up with another couple, psychiatrist Jerry and patient Sandra, to find a way to close the gates before All Saints Day or the dead all over the world will rise up and kill the living. Written by matt-282

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Lucio Fulci: The pathologist at the crime scene who examines Emily's dead body. See more »

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In Emily's house, she lays the .38 pistol down on her work bench and pours herself a glass of Jack Daniels and sits the glass back down beside the pistol and bottle. When her visitor pours himself a drink a minute later, same spot, the bottle has become a Dewar's bottle. Two minutes later, the Jack Daniels bottle is across the room on a low end table with the glass beside it. See more »

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[examining the dead body of Emily Robbins]
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Dr. Joe Thompson: Some kind of cardiac arrest. Only that expression on her face is like pure fear, like something scared her to death.
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Dr. Joe Thompson: [to Emily's father] Excuse me, Mr. Robbins, do you know if your daughter had a heart condition?
Mr. Robbins: No... no...
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Dr. Joe Thompson: Sit tight. Everything depends on the autopsy.
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Fulci's best and probably my favorite non-slasher horror movie ever
21 May 2008 | by (IN) – See all my reviews

For the record, my favorite horror movie ever is MANIAC, as I've always had a soft spot for all slasher films. But when talking about a "straight" horror film (or about as straight as a Lucio Fulci film is going to get), this is probably the greatest example.

First of all, don't go into this looking for a detailed story. A priest hangs himself, zombies rise, and all sorts of bad things happen. That's about the extent of it.

Also, don't go in just looking for tons of blood and gore -- there are some memorable gore scenes here, but there's not as much as some people on here have suggested. This isn't Dead Alive or anything. I wouldn't say there's a "lot" of gore, but what is here is pretty shocking in the context of the plot...

Anyway, if you do decide to see this movie, just know that you're going to enter a world with the greatest atmosphere I've ever seen in a horror film. The scenery, the look of the film, the music, the sudden jarring transitions between scenes, the extreme close-ups, the death scenes, the completely downbeat tone to the whole thing -- it's just so horrifying that it's ridiculous. I find Fulci pretty hit or miss (usually miss, though New York Ripper and the Beyond are amazing), but this to me stands way above anything he ever did. I think a lot of people expect some kind of American-ized action-packed zombie movie where watching this film and don't understand all the elements at work here.

And this film has probably the greatest and most terrifying ending scene I've ever witnessed. Highly recommended.


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