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City of the Living Dead (1980)

Paura nella città dei morti viventi (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 6 May 1983 (USA)
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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Father William Thomas
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Sheriff Russell's deputy
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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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There are a ton of explanations for how the end took the shape it did, and neither Lucio Fulci nor Dardano Sacchetti was ever of any help straightening it out. Some say the editor spilled coffee on the footage of the original ending, forcing the crew to improvise. Some say Fulci changed his mind about the end after the shooting was complete, and this was the best they could do. See more »

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Fake plastic head is visible in the extreme closeups of the intestine-vomiting scene. See more »

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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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First class gorefest from the notorious Lucio Fulci.
14 April 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Like most of Fulci's horror movies and Italian horror in general, plot and logic take a back seat to gore and stunning visual set pieces. I don't think that 'City Of The Living Dead' quite reaches the heights of Fulci's best ('The Beyond') but apart from a few dull patches it comes closer than you would expect. The simplistic story, which tips it's hat to H.P. Lovecraft, is really just an excuse for another zombie move, and regardless of his shortcomings, Fulci certainly came up with some of the most repulsive and horrible zombies ever, so this is essential viewing to fans of the genre. The movie includes two unforgettable gore sequences ( the drill and vomit scenes), a chilling scene in a graveyard, and an odd, unexpected ending. Recommended to fans of Italian horror. Others might be puzzled if they haven't experienced the style/period before, it's quite a trip!


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