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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
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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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Trivia

First part of Lucio Fulci's Death Trilogy also including The Beyond (1981) and The House by the Cemetery (1981). See more »

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Although the film is set in the United States, Tommy's van has its steering wheel on the right side, revealing the film's European origins. See more »

Quotes

Theresa: You don't deserve help! You're a comic book version of a detective, Sergeant!
Sgt. Clay: Well, you look better in your mug shot, you know. The great Theresa. The master medium. Yeah, for you it's all in the book of... of... what's it called?
Theresa: Enoch.
Sgt. Clay: Yeah, Enoch. According to you, this poor girl is dead because of a book that was written 4,000 years ago. Correct?
Theresa: That's right. I would find a such an unusual paradox of tremendous appeal terribly stimulating, if I were a sleuth. Enoch provides the explanation...
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why does it look that way
5 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

did fulci do it on purpose? what i mean is why does THE GATES OF HELL look so cheap. my god it looked terrible. there were lines and little particles of dirt all over the place making it look like the budget was no more than $500. the gore fx are impressive (the ones u can see, this movie is really dark) but i suggest u skip this one.


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