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City of Blood (1987)

R | | Drama, Horror | 1987 (South Africa)
A medical examiner investigating a series of prostitute murders discovers that the culprit is an ancient tribal witch doctor come back to life.


Darrell Roodt


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Stewardson Joe Stewardson ... Dr. Joe Henderson
Ian Yule ... Max Wharton
Ken Gampu ... Black Leader
Susan Coetzer Susan Coetzer ... Abigail
Gys de Villiers ... Captain Stoltz
Greg Latter Greg Latter ... Sergeant Phillips
John Carson ... Prime Minister
Liz Dick Liz Dick ... Claire Henderson
Dudu Mkhize Dudu Mkhize ... Elizabeth Mekana
Sean Taylor Sean Taylor ... Pimp
Megan Kruskal Megan Kruskal ... Marina
Norman Coombes Norman Coombes ... Anthropology Professor
Charles Comyn Charles Comyn ... Sheriff
Robin Singh Robin Singh ... Howard
Morrison Gampu Morrison Gampu ... Old Man


Two African tribesmen walking through a forest are attacked and killed by a masked man wielding a spiked club. 2000 years later in South Africa, someone is murdering prostitutes with a spiked club, then painting pictures of a spiked fist with their blood. Medical examiner Joe Hendersen becomes obsessed with researching the murders, but the investigation suddenly faces opposition from his higher-ups. Just who is behind these killings, and what is their motive? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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African Poltergeist See more »

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Filmed in 1983 but not released until 1987. See more »

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Between "The Last Wave" and "Nomads", "City of Blood" is a modern masterpiece
31 July 2018 | by nicolailarosSee all my reviews

Judging by the incredibly low rate and the extreme negative reviews, "City of Blood" seems to be perceived by many as a total cinematographic failure. After buying this one in a little Italian Fumetti Shop (I read about Darrel Roodt's "The Stick" a couple of years ago and was simply intrigued), I decided quickly to figure out by myself why and if it really deserves this kind of reception. I must admit I'm not sure having seen the same film than nearby everybody here on IMDB... For sure, "City of Blood" hasn't much in common with every usual campy horror flick you can grab out of a 50 cent purchase bin of your favorite Walmart or even Blockbuster videoclub ... Could you REALLY expect something like that here??? "City of Blood", even if it totaly belongs to the genre, is much more than only that: it is very well directed (I love the use of the Steadycam in this movie, and the light effects), written (Darrel Roodt knows the profound wounds of his country better than anybody and tell us a terrible story to get a bit more aware of what is STILL concretely happening in South Africa... and mayby not to die too stupid...), with unusal characters and played by actors wisely chosen, far far away from the kind of Tom Cruise prototype hero - I mean so much more real, alive as human beings- that I get goosebumbs when I go with them through this living hell they(/we) are trapped in... If you love unusual, strange, uncomfortable ghost storries AND horror movies as well as Peter Weir's "The Last Wave" and John Mc Tiernan's "Nomads", on a low budget scale but with no less than true heart and talent, check this one out: "City of Blood" (beautiful titel by the way...;-)!) is for sure one of the most underrated movies on IMDB for me so far (what drove/motivated me to write once again a review after so many years). You won't be dissapointed if you don't expect the usual genre clichés. And by the way, bravo mister Roodt: your movie has something (important) to say and is still cool to watch! I simply love it!!!

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