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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 overview:
Hugo Stiglitz ... Dean Miller
Laura Trotter ... Dr. Anna Miller
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
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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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"The most horrifying film of the undead since NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD! See more »


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Trivia

Umberto Lenzi intended the film to be a cautionary tale against the dangers of nuclear energy. See more »

Goofs

When Dean enters his his boss's office, two televisions are on and playing. However, when his boss goes to turn off the television nearest him, the other one is off. 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: [Dean slaps his wife and then kisses her] ...
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The 1999 German Laser Pacific Red Edition DVD release, Grossgrangriff Der Zombies, uses a Japanese print of the movie. Japanese text appears sometimes at the bottom of the screen when a major character is introduced. A fairly common inclusion for their imported movies, this text usually provides the name of and sometimes a brief description of the character. See more »

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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Well constructed horror trash
26 May 2011 | by amesmondeSee all my reviews

On an airfield a plane's door opens and bloodthirsty zombies burst out and begin to overrun the city. TV news reporter Dean Miller must find his wife and escape the city's crazed killers.

Nightmare City (Incubo Sulla Cittá Contaminata)is a crude mix of the Crazies, Let Sleeping Corpse Lie to name a few. It also has a slight ambiance of Shivers and Rabid.

As you'd expect it's suffers from the failings of most Italian gore pictures of the time, bad dialogue etc. Nightmare City is certainly a product of its time. Nevertheless, while the makeup is terrible, the leads are more than effective. Umberto Lenzi's camera work, direction and starkness of the city setting are appealing. It's fast paced - packed with comic –like violence of stabbings, biting, hacking and shootings as the zombie maniacs cause blood soaked havoc in the city and surrounding areas.

The ending twist is quiet refreshing and although a cliché you don't see the device used these days. While not a zombie film in the truest sense, they move fast, can weld machetes and fire guns it's a competent splatter film that is far better constructed and executed than Bruno Mattei's Zombie Creeping Flesh (1980) made the same year.

Overall, it's one of the better trash horrors out there.


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Italy | Spain | Mexico

Language:

Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

18 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City of the Walking Dead See more »

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Dialchi Film, Lotus Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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