City Of The Living Dead (1980)
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The suicide of a priest marks the beginning of the end. We have this story seen through the eyes of two sorts of teams with the journalist Peter Bell and Mary, a girl who experienced a vision of the mentioned priest, in one hand and Gerry, a psychiatrist, and Sandra, one of his patients, in the other hand. With these four characters we are going to see a story that begins just with unusual and inexplicable things happening like the broke of a mirror without any logical explanation. But soon the death will be there and the only possible solution, of course, is to go deeper in the case of the priest before it's too late. If they can't end with the problem, the death bodies will never rest in peace again.
And the dead shall rise and walk the earth!
Also Known As:
The Gates of Hell
Twilight of the Dead
Paura nella citta dei morti viventi
Title: City Of The Living Dead
Release Date: May , 1983
Runtime: 93 mins
All Genres: Horror
Languages: English, Italian
IMDB Rating: 6.2
Buried.com Rating: 7.2 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With C
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Christopher George ...Peter Bell
Catriona MacColl ...Mary Woodhouse (as Katriona MacColl)
Carlo De Mejo ...Gerry
Antonella Interlenghi ...Emily Robbins
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ...Bob
Daniela Doria ...Rosie Kelvin
Fabrizio Jovine ...Father William Thomas
Luca Venantini ...John-John Robbins (as Luca Paisner)
Michele Soavi ...Tommy Fisher
Venantino Venantini ...Mr. Ross
Enzo D'Ausilio ...Sheriff Russell's deputy
Adelaide Aste ...Theresa
Luciano Rossi ...Policeman in apartment
Robert Sampson ...Sheriff Russell
Janet Agren ...Sandra
Lucio Fulci ...Dr. Joe Thompson
Michael Gaunt ...Gravedigger
Aldo Massasso ...Mr. Robbins
Perry Pirkanen ...Blonde gravedigger
James Sampson ...James McLuhan - seance member
Martin Sorrentino ...Sgt. Clay
Robert Spafford ...Junie the bartender (voice: English version)
Susan Spafford ...Sandra (voice: English version)
Pat Starke ...Emily Robbins (voice: English version)
Frank von Kuegelgen ...Gerry (voice: English version)
Robert E. Warner
Robert E. Warner
City Of The Living Dead Horror Film Trailer 1
More Movie Taglines:
- And the dead shall rise and walk the earth!
- From the bowels of the earth they came to collect the living...
- [examining the dead body of Emily Robbins] Dr. Joe Thompson: Well, she certainly wasn't strangled. There doesn't seem to be any kind of physical abuse. Sheriff Russell: Well, what was the cause of her death then? Dr. Joe Thompson: Some kind of cardiac arrest. Only that expression on her face is like pure fear, like something scared her to death. Sheriff Russell: Scared her? Dr. Joe Thompson: [to Emily's father] Excuse me, Mr. Robbins, do you know if your daughter had a heart condition? Mr. Robbins: No... no... Sheriff Russell: Well, what's our procedure? Dr. Joe Thompson: Sit tight. Everything depends on the autopsy. Sheriff Russell: All right, I'll sit tight. But what am I supposed to do in the meantime? Dr. Joe Thompson: You'll get your orders after that from the D.A. [exits] Sheriff Russell: All right, but let me hear from you first, Joe.
Theresa: Mary, tell us what you saw in your last vision. Mary Woodhouse: The city of the dead. The living dead. A cursed city where the gates of hell have been opened. Peter Bell: Where exactly is this city? Mary Woodhouse: I don't know where it is. All that I know is that it's called Dunwhich. Peter Bell: Well, I've never heard of it. How do you know? How can you be so sure? Mary Woodhouse: I read the name on a tombstone. Theresa: Mr. Bell, if those gates are left open, it could mean the end of humanity. We've got to get them shut again. At midnight on Monday, we go into All Saint's Day. The night of the dead begins. If the portholes of hell aren't shut before, no dead body will ever rest in peace. The dead will rise up all over the world and take over the Earth! You must get to Dunwich, Mr. Bell. You must reclose those gates!
[reading a porno magazine] Blonde gravedigger: Will you check her out? Talk about a "box lunch". Gravedigger: I'm telling you, you'll end up a dirty old man reading that stuff. A pervert. A peeping tom. I saw this porno flick once. This guy in the audience got so carried away with it, he humped himself to death. Blonde gravedigger: Yeah, but what a way to go.
Theresa: You don't deserve help! You're a comic book version of a detective, Sergeant! Sgt. Clay: Well, you look better in your mug shot, you know. The great Theresa. The master medium. Yeah, for you it's all in the book of... of... what's it called? Theresa: Enoch. Sgt. Clay: Yeah, Enoch. According to you, this poor girl is dead because of a book that was written 4,000 years ago. Correct? Theresa: That's right. I would find a such an unusual paradox of tremendous appeal terribly stimulating, if I were a sleuth. Enoch provides the explanation in every detail of a crime, before it has been committed. Sgt. Clay: Lady, you're either on grass, or you're pulling my leg. Theresa: No. The problem is in your mind. It cannot accept the truth.
- Each German release was banned over the course of over 20 years. The movie was first released on video with the title "Ein Zombie hing am Glockenseil" (A zombie hung on the bell rope) in 1982. It was banned in 1986 and a second video with the title "Ein Toter hing am Glockenseil" (A dead body hung on the bell rope) was released, with several cuts. Even that version was banned in 1988 and a final version was released with the title "Eine Leiche hing am Glockenseil" (A corpse hung on the bell rope), heavily cut without any gory scenes left. Rumors say the video distributors actually designed a new video release called "Ein Kadaver hing am Glockenseil" (A cadaver hung on the bell rope) in case this third version will get banned again. Surprisingly, this third version was also banned in 2001.
Cameo: [Michele Soavi] the Italian film director appears as a young man whose date vomits up her internal organs and then has the back of his skull ripped out.
Future director Michele Soavi was originally up for the role of "Bob". However, Fulci changed his mind and decided to cast Giovanni Lombardo Radice instead, and Soavi was given a smaller role.
First part of Lucio Fulci's Death Trilogy also including E tu vivrai nel terrore - L'aldilą (1981) and Quella villa accanto al cimitero (1981).
When theatrically released in the United States in 1983, the original title was Twilight of the Dead. Due to the fact that both the title and poster art were derivative of Dawn of the Dead (1978), United Film Distribution Company filed a cease and desist order against Motion Picture Marketing. Posters and prints of the movie bearing the title Twilight of the Dead were pulled, altered and sent back out with the new title The Gates of Hell.
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