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City of the Living Dead (1980)
"Paura nella città dei morti viventi" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  1 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 the grave.

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Peter Bell
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Mary Woodhouse (as Katriona MacColl)
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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
Venantino Venantini ...
Mr. Ross
Enzo D'Ausilio ...
Sheriff Russell's deputy
Adelaide Aste ...
Theresa
Luciano Rossi ...
Policeman in apartment
Robert Sampson ...
Sheriff Russell
Janet Agren ...
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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Future director Michele Soavi was originally up for the role of "Bob". However, Fulci changed his mind and decided to cast Giovanni Lombardo Radice instead, and Soavi was given a smaller role. See more »

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Mary could not have been buried alive as she would not have survived the embalming. See more »

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Theresa: You don't deserve help! You're a comic book version of a detective, Sergeant!
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Theresa: Enoch.
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Dear god, let it end...
6 July 2000 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

I bought this movie one night thinking that it would be a great horror film. Boy was I wrong. Granted that several of the gore scenes in Fulci's Zombie were well done, this movie was just horrible. I had read up on the flick, and upon reading good reviews I figured I'd give it a shot. I'm really upset that I did. Horrible effects and acting plagued the whole film and often left me wondering what was going on. Several times I was almost put to sleep by the lack of plot. The whole lameness of the disappearing zombies didn't help either. If you enjoy Fulci's work, then I can recommend this. But if not, then stay far far away. Ick.


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