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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 the grave.

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Emily Robbins
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ...
Bob
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Rosie Kelvin
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Enzo D'Ausilio ...
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Adelaide Aste ...
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Luciano Rossi ...
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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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When theatrically released in the United States in 1983, the original title was 'Twilight of the Dead.' Due to the fact that both the title and poster art were derivative of Dawn of the Dead (1978), United Film Distribution Company filed a cease and desist order against Motion Picture Marketing. Posters and prints of the movie bearing the title 'Twilight of the Dead' were pulled, altered and sent back out with the new title 'The Gates of Hell'. See more »

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Three minutes in, a noose is slung over a tree branch. The noose is shown dangling no more than 1ft below the branch. The noose swings back and forth but visibly stays at the same height in comparison with a branch directly behind it. The branch is far away. In the next shot the branches are much much closer to the noose. A priest climbs up onto something, approximately the height of a chair, to put the noose around his neck then steps of of what he is standing on (he does not jump) and drops out of frame farther than he climbed up into view. The shot pans up a good two to three feet and fails to show the branch that is previously established as being not more than 1ft above the priests head. This implies that there at least 3 feet of rope should be between the priest and the point of suspension. In the next scene the priest is revealed as being not substantially more than three feet down the rope and hanging near a low brick wall. The brick wall is more than two feet below the priest and there is nothing else for the priest to have climbed onto in frame. To hang himself the priest must have levitated as he ends up hanging higher than a chair could account for (even if a chair realistically fell out of shot behind the low wall). 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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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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