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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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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 »

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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 »

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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

During TV station attack, when the vampire stabs its victim in the breast in the close up shot, behind the woman is a piece of polished metal reflecting various pieces of equipment. 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 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 Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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Surprisingly entertaining.
22 April 2005 | by Ky-DSee all my reviews

Better known for his jungle cannibal opus "Make Them Die Slowly", Lenzi has here a much more accomplished and entertaining gut muncher.

On an unassuming day, a nuclear scientist is supposed to arrive with important research. His plane breaks flight patterns and lands unannounced. When authorities go to investigate, they find all the people on board are infected with strange kind of radiation poisoning and have turned into violent, cannibalistic zombies. The zombies then begin attacking any and every one in sight; hacking, shooting and eating all they can. Escaping the city is the only hope.

Coming out in 1980, this was pretty late in the cannibal/zombie movie cycle. Fortunately, Lenzi changes up the formula just enough to keep things from being stale. The zombies are are fast, intelligent and have no problem utilizing tools and weapons. Lenzi also ad hears to just enough genre clichés to keep fans happy. There is blood and gore aplenty, random flashes of nudity and some wonderfully cheesy dialogue.

On the technical side, the film is right on par with other films in the same category. Acting ranges from to OK to plain bad, lighting and sound get the job done but never excel, and the writing works well enough to move from point A to point B. One nice element is the pacing, which is refreshingly brisk and free of clutter.

Over all, this is one of the better made and more amusing of the cannibal/zombie films from days gone by. Genre fans should check it out.

7/10


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