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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)
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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Taglines:

"The Dead Shall Rise And Walk The Earth" See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The scene where the window opens wide and lots of maggots fly in was filmed with the help of two wind machines and 22 pounds (10 kg) of actual maggots. See more »

Goofs

The recently deceased have normal skin. But when they get resurrected, they have horrible skin. See more »

Quotes

Theresa: Mary, tell us what you saw in your last vision.
Mary Woodhouse: The city of the dead. The living dead. A cursed city where the gates of hell have been opened.
Peter Bell: Where exactly is this city?
Mary Woodhouse: I don't know where it is. All that I know is that it's called Dunwich.
Peter Bell: Well, I've never heard of it. How do you know? How can you be so sure?
Mary Woodhouse: I read the name... on a tombstone.
Theresa: Mr. Bell, if those gates are left open, it could mean the end of humanity. We've got to get them shut again. At midnight on Monday, we go into All Saint's ...
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Alternate Versions

Later passed totally uncut in 2001 in the UK. The DVD is by Vipco and the film is introduced by Catriona Maccoll See more »

Connections

Referenced in Terror Firmer (1999) See more »

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This time Fulci settled for the brains than the eyes.
16 March 2016 | by Fella_shibbySee all my reviews

I first saw this in the late 80's on a vhs. Ten rupees rental man. Those were the days. Revisited it recently. The film is loaded with terrible acting n lousy editing. The coffin scene has some tension n suspense. The drill scene is very brutal n jus when u think that Fulci might settle for the eye, it goes full rampage. Mayb Gareth Evans got inspired for The Apostle for the brain drilling scene. There r three brain smashing scenes n a very nasty n disgusting scene of maggots pouring down as hailstorm.

The gore is about the only thing done well.


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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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