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Hellsgate
     

Hellsgate

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Director: Lucio Fulci, Christopher George, Carlo de Mejo, Antonella Interlenghi

Cast: Lucio Fulci, Christopher George, Carlo de Mejo, Antonella Interlenghi

 

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This gruesome horror film from cult director Lucio Fulci posits a priest's suicide opening the gateway to Hell, freeing bloodthirsty zombies to roam the town of Dunwich. The main attractions are startlingly explicit special effects by Franco Rufino, including two of the horror genre's most memorable deaths. One involves perennial victim Giovanni Lombardo Radice (also

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This gruesome horror film from cult director Lucio Fulci posits a priest's suicide opening the gateway to Hell, freeing bloodthirsty zombies to roam the town of Dunwich. The main attractions are startlingly explicit special effects by Franco Rufino, including two of the horror genre's most memorable deaths. One involves perennial victim Giovanni Lombardo Radice (also known as John Morghen) having his head run through with a power-drill, and the second is the notorious scene of a woman vomiting up all of her internal organs in a nauseating torrent of blood and guts. Fulci does manage one nice moment of splatter-free horror, as hero Christopher George struggles to free a woman who has been buried alive. As his pick-axe enters the coffin repeatedly, it comes ever closer to her face, causing the audience to wince with each strike. Aside from these scenes, though, Fulci's direction is somewhat plodding, as he substitutes slow pacing and clouds of fog for real suspense. Horror fans will still want to seek this film out, however, if only for the effects work and a familiar cast including Catriona MacColl, Janet Agren, Carlo de Mejo, Antonella Interlenghi, and Daniela Doria.

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This Italian horror film, also released on video as The Gates of Hell, is a dry run for the blend of graphic shocks and surrealism atmosphere that Lucio Fulci would perfect with The Beyond. Patience and a strong stomach are prerequisites for viewing City of the Living Dead because it suffers from the same shortcomings present in much of Fulci's other horror films. Its narrative is loose, the pacing often lags, and the film relies on stomach-churning gore effects in place of suspense. Despite these problems, City of the Living Dead benefits from Fulci's ability to create and sustain an intensely creepy atmosphere. The patient viewer will be rewarded with a handful of intense sequences guaranteed to stick in the memory; Mary's vision of the priest's graveyard suicide and the sequence where Peter struggles to free Mary from her premature grave are two of the most memorable highlights. The film's feel of skin-crawling dread is further aided by Sergio Salvati's lush photography and Fabio Frizzi's Goblin-ish prog rock musical score. City of the Living Dead also benefits from solid performances by the leads. Christopher George is likable as the gruff reporter and Fulci stalwart Catriona MacColl acquits herself well in a potentially campy role by playing it straight. Ultimately, City of the Living Dead is too uneven and unfocused to rate as a solid horror film, but its singular combination of deep-dish atmosphere and visceral shocks will appeal to horror fans who enjoyed The Beyond.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/27/2007
UPC:
0827058105293
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
NR
Source:
Blue Underground
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:33:00

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Still gallery/Radio spot; Lucio Fulci bio

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher George Peter Bell
Carlo de Mejo Jerry
Antonella Interlenghi Actor
Robert Sampson Actor
Katherine MacColl Mary
Venantino Venantini Actor
Giovanni Lombardo Radice Bob
Michele Soavi Actor
Luciano Rossi Actor
Janet Agren Sandra
Lucio Fulci Pathologist (uncredited)
Daniela Doria Actor
Fabrizio Jobine Actor

Technical Credits
Lucio Fulci Director,Screenwriter
Giannetto De Rossi Makeup
Gino de Rossi Special Effects
Fabio Frizzi Score Composer
Massimo Antonello Geleng Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer
Rosario Prestopino Makeup
de Gino Rossi Special Effects
Franco Rufini Makeup
Dardano Sacchetti Screenwriter
Sergio Salvati Cinematographer
O. Taito Art Director
Vincenzo Tomassi Editor
Robert Warner Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- City of the Living Dead
1. Program Start/Main Titles [1:28]
2. Opening the Gates [3:38]
3. Death by Fight [3:42]
4. Rotting Flesh [2:05]
5. The Gates Widen [6:19]
6. Buried Alive! [7:20]
7. And the Dead Shall Walk [4:48]
8. The Devil's Spew [3:23]
9. The Search Begins [:48]
10. Grave Matters [5:33]
11. House of Death [1:03]
12. The Search Continues [1:12]
13. The Bite [:58]
14. Face in the Dark [3:50]
15. Thing in the Kitchen [7:29]
16. Walls of Blood [2:32]
17. The Drill [5:51]
18. Rain of Maggots [2:58]
19. Butchered [1:37]
20. As Time Runs Out [1:22]
21. Night Terrors [8:13]
22. Entering the Gate [4:39]
23. The Living Dead [6:01]
24. Hellfire [3:27]
25. Never-ending Nightmare [:58]
26. End Credits [1:11]

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