City of the Living Dead – Paura nella città dei morti viventi (1980)
If you’re watching a zombie film made in the 70’s or 80’s there is probably a 50% chance that it was done by Lucio Fulci. Seriously the guy was a zombie film pumping machine. Of course being a zombie film pumping machine you can expect some hits and misses. “City of the Living Dead” falls somewhere in between.
In the small New England town of Dunwich, a priest commits suicide by hanging himself in the church cemetery which somehow opens the gates of hell allowing the dead to rise. Peter, a New York City reporter, teams up with a young psychic, named Mary, to travel to the town where they team up with another couple, psychiatrist Jerry and patient Sandra, to find a way to close the gates before All Saints Day or the dead all over the world will rise up and kill the living.
The movie was genuinely creepy and scary. It was slow and didn’t make a lot of sense, but it still had some scenes that made my skin crawl. Particularly the scene where the girl is trapped in the coffin and Pete uses a pick axe to try and break it open. Each strike hitting dangerously close to her face. I didn’t know what was scarier being trapped in a coffin or getting freed that way. The acting in the film was alright, but as mentioned before the plot was hard to follow and slow. The ending didn’t make any sense whatsoever. So really all you should expect from this movie is to be creeped out and scared. Which is something that a zombie film should succeed in if nothing else.
First Bite – 42 min 18 secs
Zombie Bite Count – 1 +
First Zombie Kill – 1 hr 23 min 25 secs
Zombie Kill Count – 2+