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City of Blood (1987)

 -  Drama | Horror  -  1987 (South Africa)
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A medical examiner investigating a series of prostitute murders discovers that the culprit is an ancient tribal witch doctor come back to life.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Stewardson ...
Dr. Joe Henderson
Ian Yule ...
Max Wharton
Ken Gampu ...
Black Leader
Susan Coetzer ...
Abigail
Gys de Villiers ...
Captain Stoltz
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Sergeant Phillips
John Carson ...
Prime Minister
Liz Dick ...
Claire Henderson
Dudu Mkhize ...
Elizabeth Mekana
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Pimp
Megan Kruskal ...
Marina
Norman Coombes ...
Anthropology Professor
Charles Comyn ...
Sheriff
Robin Singh ...
Howard
Morrison Gampu ...
Old Man
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Two African tribesmen walking through a forest are attacked and killed by a masked man wielding a spiked club. 2000 years later in South Africa, someone is murdering prostitutes with a spiked club, then painting pictures of a spiked fist with their blood. Medical examiner Joe Hendersen becomes obsessed with researching the murders, but the investigation suddenly faces opposition from his higher-ups. Just who is behind these killings, and what is their motive? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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dull South African mystery, not particularly horrific
29 May 2006 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

Two Africans are killed 2,000 years ago by a pair of African witch doctor-looking men. In the present day, a white South African medical examiner is investigating the deaths of prostitutes who are killed by a weapon that leaves five holes in their skulls. Somehow he connects this to tribes in Africa that had lived 10,000 years ago.

He also refuses to sign a blank death certificate for an African hero. Government officials, including the prime minister, try to pressure him to do it, while a black couple hopes that he will not.

He hallucinates his wife (not sure what that was all about), and seemingly hallucinates late- night drives and conversations with prostitutes that turn out to have been real.

What the ancient Africans have to do with anything, or why the prostitutes were being killed, is beyond me. Perhaps a South African audience would have understood this movie better.

As others have said, it's a snoozer. Lots of scenes of nothing happening, and the lead actor is a mumbler who isn't particularly charismatic.


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