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City of the Living Dead (1980)

Paura nella città dei morti viventi (original title)
Not Rated | | 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 their graves.

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... Peter Bell
... Mary Woodhouse (as Katriona MacColl)
... Gerry
Antonella Interlenghi ... Emily Robbins
... Bob
... Rosie Kelvin
... Father William Thomas
... John-John Robbins (as Luca Paisner)
... Tommy Fisher
... Mr. Ross
Enzo D'Ausilio ... Sheriff Russell's deputy
Adelaide Aste ... Theresa
... Policeman in apartment
... Sheriff Russell
... Sandra
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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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Each German release was banned over the course of over 20 years. The movie was first released on video with the title "Ein Zombie hing am Glockenseil" (A zombie hung on the bell rope) in 1982. It was banned in 1986 and a second video with the title "Ein Toter hing am Glockenseil" (A dead body hung on the bell rope) was released, with several cuts. Even that version was banned in 1988 and a final version was released with the title "Eine Leiche hing am Glockenseil" (A corpse hung on the bell rope), heavily cut without any gory scenes left. Rumors say the video distributors actually designed a new video release called "Ein Kadaver hing am Glockenseil" (A cadaver hung on the bell rope) in case this third version will get banned again. Surprisingly, this third version was also banned in 2001. See more »

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Peter Bell: Hi, officer. I'm looking for Sergeant Clay. Is he in there?
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Gore galore!
11 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

"The Gates of Hell" is another masterpiece directed by one of the best horror directors Lucio Fulci.Fulci,who sadly died in 1996,was a real artist.Anyway this film concerns a priest committing suicide and opening the gateway to Hell,allowing the dead to rise from their graves and feed on the living.Christopher George("Pieces")tries to stop them.The gore effects made by Gino de Rossi are excellent(maggots,rotting flesh,lots of squished brains etc.)Giovanni Lombardo Radice gets an electric drill through his head,and there's also a notorious scene of woman(Daniela Doria)vomiting up all of her internal organs in a really nauseating torrent of blood and guts.The plot is weak,but the film is highly atmospheric and imaginative.Again brilliant director Lucio Fulci created a masterpiece of pure horror!10 out of 10-not to be missed.


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