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
Filmed in hot, hazy, muggy, 108° F weather. See more »
Three minutes in, a noose is slung over a tree branch. The noose is shown dangling no more than 1ft below the branch. The noose swings back and forth but visibly stays at the same height in comparison with a branch directly behind it. The branch is far away. In the next shot the branches are much much closer to the noose. A priest climbs up onto something, approximately the height of a chair, to put the noose around his neck then steps of of what he is standing on (he does not jump) and drops out of frame farther than he climbed up into view. The shot pans up a good two to three feet and fails to show the branch that is previously established as being not more than 1ft above the priests head. This implies that there at least 3 feet of rope should be between the priest and the point of suspension. In the next scene the priest is revealed as being not substantially more than three feet down the rope and hanging near a low brick wall. The brick wall is more than two feet below the priest and there is nothing else for the priest to have climbed onto in frame. To hang himself the priest must have levitated as he ends up hanging higher than a chair could account for (even if a chair realistically fell out of shot behind the low wall). See more »
The British Cinema version was cut by around 1 minute to remove the drill sequence. This version was released on video in the UK before 1984, after which all videos were required to be submitted to the British Board of Film Classification. When it was finally given a video certificate by the BBFC, further cuts were made to remove the intestinal vomit scene, and the brain squashing scenes. The UK video has a total of 2m 21s of cuts. See more »
This is beyond convoluted. Feels like a new character is introduced every 5-10min. Eye bleeding scene is boss. Glass bleeding scene... not so much. Lots of closeups on peoples eyes (to avoid bad mouth movements with the inevitable Italian horror overdubs). The zombies are pretty damn creepy. And the Fabio Frizzi soundtrack is as good as expected. I basically had no clue what was going on with the plot at any given time but I can recommend it on tone, visuals, fun early 80s gore FX, etc. The very end of this literally makes NO sense, but it is highly comical, also: maybe it's explained later in the trilogy? Not holding my breath but I am looking forward to finishing the trilogy.
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