Nightmare City

Nightmare City

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Director: Umberto Lenzi

Cast: Hugo Stiglitz, Laura Trotter, Francisco Rabal

     
 

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Miller (Hugo Stiglitz) is a reporter on to something when he sees passengers disembark from a plane and start attacking and murdering whomever they come across -- no, they are not upset with their service, they are zombies -- or more accurately ghouls who need human blood to stay alive. While flight attendants may contend that more than one ghoul is on any flight,

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Miller (Hugo Stiglitz) is a reporter on to something when he sees passengers disembark from a plane and start attacking and murdering whomever they come across -- no, they are not upset with their service, they are zombies -- or more accurately ghouls who need human blood to stay alive. While flight attendants may contend that more than one ghoul is on any flight, this group was contaminated by a man exposed to radiation that leaked from a nuclear plant, and they are hereafter identifiable by their black-face make-up, if not their eating habits. When Miller tries to notify the citizens that these monsters are on the loose, he is rudely stopped by a nasty general (Mel Ferrer) who does not want to make the public unnecessarily hysterical. The monsters have a molecular structure that is not affected by bullets, and so in imitation of the accepted code that zombies only die with a shot to the head, the general launches his attack "aiming for the control center" of each zombie head, before everyone is converted into the blood-thirsty monsters. With anemic acting, murky color, and other technical problems, this is simply another zombie film among the masses.

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Fans of psychotronic gorefests will rejoice when the doors of the cargo plane swing back and the marauding horde of hideously mutated zombies, armed with hand tools, plunges into a deliciously target-rich tarmac of helpless soldiers brandishing useless automatic weapons. There's a scene that follows that takes place in a TV studio during the filming of a dance show featuring women in Spandex -- and you know something hideously horrible is going to happen to that Spandex when they won't let reporter Miller (Hugo Stiglitz) break in the broadcast to warn the population about the rampaging zombies. But those are the highlights. After a half hour of the chase, the plot grows wearisome as does the viewer's patience. While there is tension, the horror elements have become comical and the froth falls flat. The ending is a bit of a cop-out, but you have to see the desperate corner director Umberto Lenzi has painted himself into. The makeup effects are okay, the gratuitous nudity is hilarious (Mel Ferrer is a lucky guy), and the low-budget production details are not necessarily distracting for a genre movie.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/31/2013
UPC:
0816018010593
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
NR
Source:
Raro Video Usa Ltd.
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
55,757

Special Features

An interview with Umberto Lenzi 49'27"; Original English trailer 3'45"; Original Italian trailer 3'45"; A fully illustrated booklet on the genesis and production of the film by Chris Alexander, Fangoria magazine; New HD transfer; Digitally restored ; New and improved English subtitle translation

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hugo Stiglitz Miller
Laura Trotter Sheila
Francisco Rabal Maj.Holmes
Maria Rosaria Omaggio Dr. Anna Miller
Mel Ferrer Gen. Murchinson
Sonia Viviani Actor
Eduardo Fajardo Actor

Technical Credits
Umberto Lenzi Director
Daniele Alabiso Editor
Diego Alchimede Producer
Hans Burman Cinematographer
Stelvio Cipriani Score Composer
Antonio Cesare Corti Screenwriter
Jose Luis Delgado Screenwriter
Giuseppe Ferranti Makeup
Luis Mendez Producer
Mario Molli Art Director
Riccardo Petrazzi Asst. Director
Piero Regnoli Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Nightmare City
1. Start Movie
2. The Landing
3. Extra Edition
4. Feeling of Anguish
5. The Last Broadcast
6. The Weak Point
7. Contaminated
8. State of Emergency
9. The Fault of Man
10. Forced to Kill
11. The Nightmare
12. The Reality

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Nightmare City 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is also known as City of the Walking Dead. Watchable, in a unintentionally funny, I paid 99 cents for this sort of way. Things to watch for: -Despite a radio warning that Zombie pandemonium has ensued, two women hear a noise in the basement and do some investigating...scantilly clad investigating that is! -the mutated zombies look suspiciously like Italian men with oatmeal caked on their faces. Trust me, I know what an Italian man with oatmeal on his face looks like. -various bit player victims run around in circles waiting for the Zombies to attack them...on film. -the whole aerobics studio scene. -the military's flawless security. Not as bad as Hell of the Walking Dead, but not as good as say Batman Forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Granted, this may not be the best zombie film (if you want to call it that) out there, but its not the worst either. Sure, the make-up stinks, the acting is stiff, and the ending is a low blow to horror fans everywhere! However, it tries to be different than the rest of the 'zombie' stuff out there. These mutuated beings are an influence to the likes of '28 Days Later' and the Dan O'Bannon classic, 'Return of the Living Dead.' They can fight back and prove to be a really threatening menace. Plus, the great music score by Stelvio Cipriani really stands out as some of Italian horror's best. I liked it, so sue me! I consider this the 1980's equivalent to 'Plan 9 from Outer Space'. It tries to be serious, but its just good, gorey, Italian horror fun.