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City of the Living Dead (1980)

Paura nella città dei morti viventi (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 8 April 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.

Director:

Lucio Fulci

Writers:

Lucio Fulci (story), Dardano Sacchetti (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher George ... Peter Bell
Catriona MacColl ... Mary Woodhouse (as Katriona Mac Coll)
Carlo De Mejo ... Gerry
Antonella Interlenghi Antonella Interlenghi ... Emily Robbins
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ... Bob
Daniela Doria ... Rosie Kelvin
Fabrizio Jovine ... Father William Thomas
Luca Venantini ... John-John Robbins (as Luca Paisner)
Michele Soavi ... Tommy Fisher
Venantino Venantini ... Mr. Ross
Enzo D'Ausilio Enzo D'Ausilio ... Deputy Sheriff
Adelaide Aste Adelaide Aste ... Theresa
Luciano Rossi ... Policeman in Apartment
Robert Sampson ... Sheriff Russell
Janet Agren ... Sandra
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Storyline

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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The Dead Shall Rise And Walk The Earth See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The character "Bob", played by Giovanni Lombardo Radice, was originally intended to be a hunchback. However, Radice decided against wearing the hump that was made for him, and instead portrayed the character having a stiff, lurching gait. See more »

Goofs

Fake plastic head is visible in the extreme closeups of the intestine-vomiting scene. See more »

Quotes

Mary Woodhouse: It's her... Mrs. Holden. This morning she was inside a coffin at the funeral home, and now she's here in my kitchen!
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Alternate Versions

The version released by Anchor Bay Entertainment is the complete, uncut version, containing all the gore and violence. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Burial Ground: Nights of Terror (2007) See more »

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First class gorefest from the notorious Lucio Fulci.
14 April 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Like most of Fulci's horror movies and Italian horror in general, plot and logic take a back seat to gore and stunning visual set pieces. I don't think that 'City Of The Living Dead' quite reaches the heights of Fulci's best ('The Beyond') but apart from a few dull patches it comes closer than you would expect. The simplistic story, which tips it's hat to H.P. Lovecraft, is really just an excuse for another zombie move, and regardless of his shortcomings, Fulci certainly came up with some of the most repulsive and horrible zombies ever, so this is essential viewing to fans of the genre. The movie includes two unforgettable gore sequences ( the drill and vomit scenes), a chilling scene in a graveyard, and an odd, unexpected ending. Recommended to fans of Italian horror. Others might be puzzled if they haven't experienced the style/period before, it's quite a trip!


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

8 April 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twilight of the Dead See more »

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Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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