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City of the Living Dead (1983)

Christopher George , Catriona MacColl , Lucio Fulci  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Christopher George, Catriona MacColl, Carlo De Mejo, Antonella Interlenghi, Giovanni Lombardo Radice
  • Directors: Lucio Fulci
  • Writers: Lucio Fulci, Dardano Sacchetti, H.P. Lovecraft
  • Producers: Lucio Fulci, Giovanni Masini, Robert E. Warner
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KRNG4K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,148 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "City of the Living Dead" on IMDb

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  • Lucio Fulci Bio

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"One Of The Most Shocking Films Of Its Time!" -- DVD Review

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"WOE BE UNTO HIM WHO OPENS ONE OF THE SEVEN GATEWAYS TO HELL, BECAUSE THROUGH THAT GATEWAY, EVIL WILL INVADE THE WORLD."

The Seven Gates Of Hell have been torn open, and in three days the dead shall rise and walk the earth. As a reporter (Christopher George of PIECES) and a psychic (Catriona MacColl of THE BEYOND) race to close the portals of the damned, they encounter a seething nightmare of unspeakable evil. The city is alive - with the horrors of the living dead!

Directed and co-written by the legendary Lucio Fulci (ZOMBIE, THE BEYOND), CITY OF THE LIVIND DEAD features some of the maestro's most shocking and controversial sequences of all time. This is the definitive version of Fulci's hallucinogenic masterpiece of horror: uncut, uncensored and presented in all its brain-ripping, gut-spewing, head-drilling glory!


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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LUCIO = MAESTRO October 27, 2004
Format:DVD
the negative reviews are missing the point as usual because this is one of Fulci's Golden Greats. of course there's some plot holes and cheesy moments but they are few and far between, and the majority of movie is all guts and gory. all good Fulci movies establish hellish creeping dread that is punctuated by beautiful women, a few laugh out loud moments (some intentional, some not) and many gorious glorious death setpieces natch

although it's not a patch on The Beyond, I love this movie from start to finish, conceding that yes the last 15 minutes of this film is somewhat sketchily presented. howver the end scenes are in keeping with the logic of the narrative to that point, and really, if you've paid attention to a relatively (for Fulci) unconvoluted plot then the last 15 seconds shouldn't leave you "scratching your head". City of the Living Dead is masterful with several classic scenes, and there's few horror directors that have such a deft and entertaining touch when it comes to conveying a sense of encroaching godless doom
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52 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extreme, Effective Fulci Gorefest August 19, 2000
Format:DVD
CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD is a beautiful Fulci film, expertly directed and gorgeously photographed. The performances are top notch considering the genre and foreign origins of the film.

Also known as GATES OF HELL, CotLD opens revolves around the suicide of a priest which opens the gates of Hell. A woman with a link to the beyond and a reporter (Christopher George from PIECES!) are drawn into the bizarre happenings surrounding this turn of events and the blood begins to flow. And does it ever flow: from the eyes of those who are unfortunate enough to stare down the undead, from the mouths of those vomiting their entrails, from the brains of those who don't mind their head when the zombies are around, and from the cheeks of poor old Bob who was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, specifically between a huge drill and a very angry man.

Needless to say, these images amount to some of the most unforgettable Fulci imagery, topping even the eyeball-piercing gore of ZOMBIE. And even better, this film is well-paced and the viewer never grows bored or distracted. Even better, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD is genuinely frightening. The gore is disgusting, of course, but this film is remarkable in that it effectively marries the gore with true fear - these zombies are scary. They're not the dull-witted, slow-moving zombies like those in Romero films, but instead creatures of pure evil who don't give you time to run away.

In summary, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD is one of those rare, delightful films that sticks with you a long while after it's ended. A Fulci masterpiece that ranks among the best of his films - probably one of the best horror films ever made and definitely one of the top five zombie films of all time. I can't wait to watch it again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buckets of blood, heaps of guts, that crazy Lucio! February 9, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Fulci's follow-up to his enjoyable bloodbath Zombie(1979) is euro-trash sleaze on the outside but multiple viewings have revealed a surreal, scary horror film with a few good ideas, and dripping with gothic atmosphere. A priest hangs himself in Dunwitch, Mass and starts off a deadly chain of events leading up to the end of the world. Only gruff reporter Christopher George, and Medium-returned-from-the-dead Catherine McColl can stop the carnage. Some generaly haunting scenes such as when the priest's ghost appears just before someone gets kacked, and a little boy pursued by the spirit of his dead sister through the deserted streets. Once again, if you can't handle the gore, better stay clear. This features brain squashing, eyeball popping, intestine-barfing, head drilling, and a giant crucifix thrust into a guy's knads. Ouch.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fulci in HD October 21, 2010
By feratu
Format:Blu-ray
Firstly, this review is more for hardcore horror fans, and there are a few minor spoilers. Other more casual movie-goers trying to figure out if you would like this movie... you should rent some Fulci so you can have a better idea what you're getting into before buying this.

Wow. Just wow. This is a really (infamously) gory movie, one I really like, and I've had it on DVD for a while... But that didn't prepare me for the HD gore. I have never gotten sick from a horror movie, but the City of the Living Dead blu-ray had me nearly gagging. The HD reveals a lot compared to the DVD version.

The famous maggot scene has to be seen on blu-ray to be believed. Their sheer number is absolutely amazing, and on Blu-ray you can see that all of them everywhere, covering the floor, in the air, and on the actors are very real. Tens of thousands of them. Again, WOW. The intestine vomiting is probably the most disgusting thing I have ever seen in my life, and is SO much worse in HD. In the making of, it's revealed the actress was actually had a mouthful of freshly slaughtered lamb meat (so the innards wouldn't stink). Blech.

This is one of my favorite Fulci movies, and Hi-Def brings Lucio's solid direction to life. I was able to pick up on many details I had missed watching it on a smaller standard TV, and the plot was more involving.

Finally, the bad. There are a few times during the film (most notably in the earliest scenes) where the HD reveals flaws in the film. At moments it looks too light to me, a bit washed out and noisy. But for the most part the movie, and most importantly the effects, look incredibly shocking and great.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
awsome movie, big horror buff
Published 1 month ago by Michael Fay
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
dumb
Published 1 month ago by E GONZALEZ
4.0 out of 5 stars Totally lost on this or future generations
I love this era and these movies make me wish I were 12 years old again. City of the Living Dead shares a similarity in name to a Romero film, but the films are very different. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Bellville
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome classic
Great Lucio Fulci classic with one of the most gorest death scene I've ever seen. A must ser for a Lucio fan
Published 3 months ago by Juliano Ribeiro
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
This is just incredibly boring and has absolutely nothing to do with the Romero "Living Dead" films. Not scary. Not Convincing.
Published 5 months ago by Louis J. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Fulci Rules!!
This is the BEST of Fulci's movies!! If you're a fan of Lucio, DEFINITELY add this DVD to your collection!
Published 5 months ago by Terry Wilcox
2.0 out of 5 stars Zombies from Where?,
Fulci's movies are, as i have now seen 4 of them, quite terrible. This film follows in the footsteps of "The Beyond" except that it is dragged through overkill by psycho... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bartok Kinski
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Fulci Zombi Flick
You got to hand it to a guy who capitalizes on popular American film titles. 'City' of the Living Dead, like Zombie (known in Italy as Zombi 2, as it was being played as the sequel... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Julian Pope
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie,but there is just one little problem
Everything is great but the website description is wrong, indeed italian is not an available language!! Quite a shame considering that was the reason why I bought it
Published 9 months ago by Filo
4.0 out of 5 stars A very moody and spooky classic
Now I never saw this until last year and I'm glad to say that it is a very good ghost/zombie/slasher film. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cward55
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