Directed By: Lucio Fulci
Alternate Titles: The Gates of Hell; Paura nella città dei morti viventi; Fear in the City of the Living Dead
Written By: Lucio Fulci & Dardano Sacchetti
Music: Fabio Frizzi
Special Effects By: Gino De Rossi & Franco Rufini
Cinematography: Sergio Salvati
Year of Release: 1980
Running Time: 1 hour and 33 minutes
*Note: This isn’t a review, it’s more so a recommendation.
I love horror movies, and for me the bloodier the better. Like most fans of the zombie genre I have a great deal of love and respect for George A. Romero’s work. After all, his films were among the first zombie films to have comprehensible plots and relatively good acting; the same cannot be said of Claudio Fragasso (Zombi 4: After Death/Oltre la Morte; Troll 2). But sometimes I don’t want to watch a “good horror movie.” Sometimes I just want to want a bad horror movie with a shitty script, terrible acting, tons of blood, and senseless violence. That’s what makes films like Suspiria, Demons (Dèmoni), Return of the Living Dead, and Chopping Mall so hilarious and fun to watch.
Lucio Fulci wasn’t a bad director, and when it comes to zombie flicks I’ll certainly take his work over that of Claudio Fragasso or Bruno Mattei any day. Fulci’s City of the Living Dead, also known by its original title, Paura nella città dei morti viventi, and The Gates of Hell, is a film loaded with some of the most memorable and gruesome scenes in zombie film history.
Here are two of my favorite scenes:
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