City of the Living Dead (1980) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

City of the Living Dead (1980) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date: 1980
  • Genre: Zombie
  • Cast and crew: Christopher George, Catriona MacColl, Carlo De Mejo, Antonella Interlenghi, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Daniela Doria, Fabrizio Jovine, Luca Venantini, Michele Soavi, Venantino Venantini, Enzo D’Ausilio, Adelaide Aste, Luciano Rossi, Robert Sampson, Janet Agren
  • Director: Lucio Fulci
  • Screenwriter: Dardano Sacchetti, H.P. Lovecraft, Lucio Fulci

City of the Living Dead (1980) Rating:

  • Dylan = 8 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7.5 / 10;
  • IMDb = 6.3 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 5.0 / 10;

City of the Living Dead (1980) Synopsis:

The suicide of a priest causes the opening of the gates of hells in the small town of Dunwhich. As living corpses start to attack the inhabitants, a reporter and a psychic race to close them before it is too late.

City of the Living Dead (1980) Review:

City of the Living Dead is part of Fulci’s Gates of Hell Trilogy along with The Beyond and The House by the Cemetary. It is one of Fulci’s greatest classic and, in my opinion, maybe his darkest film.

This typical “the dead walk the earth” is basic but efficient enough to forget about it and concentrate on what really makes this film a classic: the really heavy atmosphere. City of the Living Dead really gets you in the guts and, after that, I bet you that you wouldn’t set a foot in the city of Dunwhich for any price. In many points, the film is pretty similar to Silent Hill, except that zombies replace the monsters here. Thereee is also an enjoyable occult aspect of the film.

As usual with Fulci and Italian exploitation horror in general, City of the Living Dead is extremely gory. The scene in which the girl has her organ going through her mouth is horrible, and one of the anthology. The deaths are a bit repetitive after some time, but the epic music is here to compensate and give so much power to the zombies’ attacks that the repetitive action is quickly forgotten. Overall, this a wonderful piece of Italian horror and one of Fulci very best film, probably it’s third best after Zombi and The Beyond.

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