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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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Emily Robbins
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ...
Bob
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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 ...
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Luciano Rossi ...
Policeman in apartment
Robert Sampson ...
Sheriff Russell
Janet Agren ...
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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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Director Lucio Fulci always carried around a bag with his trademark pipe and tobacco. One day on set, he reached into his bag and found a handful of maggots (which had been used earlier to film the scene in which maggots blow in through a window). The perpetrator of this prank is rumored to be Christopher George, the film's lead actor, who did not get along well with Fulci. See more »

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When the Peter Bell character is talking to the policeman he refers to Sgt. Clay twice in the conversation. The first time he correctly calls him Sgt. Clay. The second time he incorrectly calls him Sgt. Bell. 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.
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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This is just simply one bad movie!
15 March 2003 | by (MN, USA) – See all my reviews

Let me start off by saying that, for some quirky reason, I am a fan both the Zombie and Giallo genre. I'm willing to cut these films a lot of slack when I review them. That is to say, I don't even attempt to give these kinds of movies the same critical eye that I would apply to a Kurosawa or a Hitchcock. The problem is that despite all of this, this film still failed miserably.

The scares in "City of the Living Dead" were cheap, the suspense was non-existent, and the characters weren't even remotely developed or interesting. Even the Fabio Frizzi soundtrack didn't seem to be able to get me interested. I think Frizzi had done a very nice little job in Fulci's "Zombie".

There were really only two redeeming qualities to this film. The first is the acting. And don't get me wrong, the acting is still not very good - but it is better than much of the acting we see in these kinds of films. The other bright side in this film is the special effects. Hey, we're talking 1980 here, and the special effects really are pretty good. Unfortunately, these two points alone aren't anywhere near strong enough to save what is just simply...one bad movie!


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