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Nightmare City (1980)

Incubo sulla città contaminata (original title)
An airplane exposed to radiation lands, and blood drinking zombies emerge armed with knives, guns and teeth! They go on a rampage slicing, dicing, and biting their way across the Italian countryside.

Director:

Umberto Lenzi

Writers:

Antonio Cesare Corti (as Tony Corti), Luis María Delgado (as José Luis Delgado) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hugo Stiglitz ... Dean Miller
Laura Trotter ... Dr. Anna Miller
Maria Rosaria Omaggio Maria Rosaria Omaggio ... Sheila Holmes
Francisco Rabal ... Major Warren Holmes
Sonia Viviani Sonia Viviani ... Cindy
Eduardo Fajardo ... Dr. Kramer
Stefania D'Amario ... Jessica Murchison
Ugo Bologna ... Mr. Desmond
Sara Franchetti Sara Franchetti ... Liz the Maid
Manuel Zarzo ... Colonel Donahue (as Manolo Zarzo)
Tom Felleghy Tom Felleghy ... Lieutenant Reedman (as Tom Felleghi)
Pierangelo Civera Pierangelo Civera ... Bob
Achille Belletti Achille Belletti ... TV Station Technician
Mel Ferrer ... General Murchison
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edmund Purdom ... Voice
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Storyline

In a nameless European city, a local reporter and his doctor wife try to escape from hordes of blood thirsty zombies, undead people exposed to nuclear radioactivity, while the military leaders fight a losing war of attrition against the relentless atomic zombies. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

The Nightmare Becomes Reality See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Italy | Spain | Mexico

Language:

English | Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

18 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City of the Walking Dead See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to director Umberto Lenzi, both Franco Nero and Fabio Testi were considered for the lead in the film, but the producer insisted on a Mexican leading man to appeal to Mexican audiences. Hence, the role went to Hugo Stiglitz. See more »

Goofs

When the woman at the TV station has her face scratched by a zombie, her face visibly has blood and scratch marks on it before the zombie touches her. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Anna Miller: I'm tired. Really tired. And I'm frightened. We'll never get away from these... these monsters. What are we going to do?
Dean Miller: Alright. Nothing is going to happen as long as we stay together I promise you. What we've got to do now is get away from here as fast as we can.
Dr. Anna Miller: Let go of me. Why don't you face it. There's no place for us to go. They're we too will be killed. I don't want us to die I don't want us to but there's nothing we can do. They're everywhere...
Dean Miller: [...]
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Crazy Credits

The message "THE NIGHTMARE BECOMES REALITY..." just before the end credits See more »

Alternate Versions

The Italian dvd (raro video), is the uncut version, and runs 88 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in 28 Weeks Later (2007) See more »

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Incubo sulla città contaminata: A weak link in Italian zombie cinema
19 September 2017 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Once upon a time Italy was infamous for it's zombie movies, they became the stuff of legends and generally were of the highest quality especially considering the age. Sadly the 90's hit and they rapidly faded away.

Nightmare City is an odd one because the creatures featured aren't actually zombies, in fact it never truly establishes what they are.

With a zombie appearance but vampire thirst, they have a clear consciousness and desire for the use of weapons they weren't very appealing.

Thankfully the usual Italian tropes were there including the fitting soundtrack, but these creatures just didn't make entertaining antagonists.

Nightmare City is watchable but is highly anti-climatic next to the greats. Only to be viewed with the realization this is not a zombie film.

The Good:

Soundtrack

The Bad:

Standard 60's-80's red paint blood

Simply not very likable

Awful finale, just why would they do that?


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