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Paura nella Città dei Morti Viventi

City of the Living Dead
Ein Zombie hing am Glockenseil / Gates of Hell / Twilight of the Dead / Blood Orgy / Ein Toter hing am Glockenseil

Italy 1980
produced by
Giovanni Masini, Luciano Martino for Dania Film, Medusa Produzione, National Cinematografica
directed by Lucio Fulci
starring Christopher George, Catriona MacColl, Carlo de Mejo, Antonella Interlenghi, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Daniela Doria, Fabrizio Jovine, Michele Soavi, Venantino Venantini, Enzo D'Ausilio, Adelaide Aste, Janet Agren, Lucio Fulci, Luca Venantini, Michael Gaunt, Perry Pirkanan
written by Lucio Fulci, Dardano Sacchetti, special effects by Gino De Rossi, music by Fabio Frizzi, cinematography by Sergio Salvati

Lucio Fulci's Gothic Trilogy

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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In the little village of Dunwich - supposedly built on the ruins of the original Salem - a priest, father Thomas (Fabrizio Jovine) hangs himself, & right in the cemetary, too ...

In a seemingly unrelated event, in New York City Mary (Catriona MacColl) dies from shock during a seance. The police suspects something drug-related & tries to put the blame on spiritualist Teresa (Adelaide Aste) but unsuccessfully so. Only nosey reporter Peter (Christopher George) suspects something else & is soon found in the graveyard when Mary is to be entombed ... when he suddenly hears her shouting out in terror from inside the coffin, & ultimately saves her from a premature burial (but almost kills her in the process when he repeatedly rams his pick into the coffin's cover ...)

He is soon convinced by Madame Teresa & Mary that the source for everything lies in Dunwich, & that he has to go there with Mary to shut the gates of Hell that were opened by Father Thomas' suicide ...

& really, the city of Dunwich could need some help, as the undead Father Thomas & his zombies repeatedly kill villagers in all sorts of gruesome ways, but the villagers, unable to even begin to grasp what is menacing them, blame all the murders (& whatever else bad might happen) on village idiot Bob (Giovanni Lombardo-Radice) - & ebventually one of the villagers (Venantino Venantini) can even get hold of Bob, & he promptly kills him with a powerdrill ... not that this would stop the zombies of course ...

In all Dunwich it seems only psychiatrist Jerry (Carlo de Mejo) & painter Sandra (Janet Agren) seem to keep a cool head, figure there might something else than Bob be wrong with Dunwich, & start investigating ... & before long they meet up with Peter & Mary (in the cemetary, quite fittingly), & figure they have to enter Father Thomas' grave in order to shut the Gates of Hell, & prepare to go down, except for Sandra, who instead takes care of a little boy (Luca Venatnini) & is killed by a zombie as a little thank-you.

The city it seems is overrun by zombies by now, when Peter, Mary & Jerry finally enter Father Thomas grave, which turns out to be nothing less than a giant cave, where they meet zombie Sandra, who promptly disposes of Peter before she herself can be dealt with.

Soon Jerry & Mary face Father Thomas, pretty much the leader of the pack, & it seems they are done for, when Jerry notices a cruzifix handily lieing around, picks it up & stakes the Father with it.

All the zombies go up in flames, Dunwich is saved. Or indeed, is it ?

 


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Lucio Fulci is a director whose output varies remarkably in quality, even his cheapo horror flicks might be anything from great to unwatchable.

His gothic trilogy (a series of at best loosely connected films, consisting of this one, L'Aldila/The Beyond & Quella Villa accanto al Cimitero/House by the Cemetary, all starring Catriona MacColl) however shows him at the height of his talent: In these films Fulci takes us into a world all of its own, where the laws of logic & indeed nature are suspended, where storytelling as such takes a back seat, & whhere Fulci instead confronts the audience with a series of gory or otherwise ghastly shocks. The moviesprobably best resemble nightmares ... & what could be nicer to say about a horrorfilm than it resembles a nightmare ?

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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