Blood Splattered Cinema: City of the Living Dead

This week it’s another trip through the Blood Splattered Vaults as The Horror Guru takes on City of the Living Dead, the first film in Lucio Fulci’s “Gates of Hell Trilogy.” Back when Guru lit his face too shiny and enunciated too much.

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  1. First!
    While this trilogy of movies looks almost too gory for my taste (Although if I had serious problems with gore I probably shouldn’t be watching a show called ‘blood splattered cinema’) their take on the afterlife and death is too fascinating to not give them at least.
    Thank you for this recommendation HorrorGuru. Hope you get to ‘House by the Cemetary’ soon!

    • I’m looking forward to tackling House by the Cemetary eventually, though it’ll be hard to think of things to say beyond what Brad has already said about it. =)

      • You’ve done a good job with reviewing things that have already been reviewed I think; Your review of The Deadly Spawn was actually better then Cinemassacre’s and boy howdy THAT is a tough act to beat.

  2. Awesome. As a zombie aficionado, I approve.

    Say, that reminds me. I’ve seen tons of review videos on this site, but I don’t know if anyone’s ever actually tackled the Big Three. That is, Romero’s first three zombie flicks. It would be interesting to see someone at CA (ahem) do serious reviews of Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead (my personal favorite).

    I’m just saying!

  3. I remember having a hard time getting through this one due to the issues you mentioned with the “plot(s)” and the odd dubbing that was in so many movies in the genre. The dual language production always gave me the sense that the actors didn’t really even know what one another were saying half the time, which caused a big disconnect. But, as I got older and grew more accustomed to it (mostly due to Demons and Demons 2) I was able to enjoy it more and get through it.

    Editing enough out to cut the run time in half, I think it would come across a lot better. It’s still good in using a non-traditional plot device as a catalyst, and Fulci at least learned from the experience.

    I don’t know why, but in the many, many years between viewings, it got in my head that Peter Faulk played the priest.

    • Yeah, the dubbing in old Italian films – From back when they dubbed over everything – is really difficult to get through for the uninitiated. At this point I find it charming, myself, but I don’t begrudge anyone else for having trouble with it. =P

  4. Another great review. I remember watching this movie and the whole time I was asking my self “what the fuck is going on?” Fulci Always struggled with plot I guess. But none the less, an entertaing film with great gore and atmosphere which is what made Fulci a master of horror. So when are you gonna cover The house with Laughing Windows?

  5. I have been meaning to get ahold of this movie for ages, my only luck was finding a full movie (in English mind you cause me silly American) someone posted on Youtube, but that got taken down due to YT a-holes so I could never find another full movie since. Just clips.

    After watching “The House By The Cementary” I have been on a binge watching any Fulci movies I could get a hold of. Thanks for the review, keep up the good work. 🙂

  6. What happened with a vomit scene? It was one of the best parts. I love this film. It`s too atmospheric, creepy and with an amazing music (like a lot of italian horror flicks) . My favorite Fulci`s film is From Beyond. It`s a fucking mess, but really enjoyable and the ending is really enjoyable. Cheers from Argentina

  7. Has anybody else seen this? Theres litterally a women that has her intestines telepathically ripped out of her mouth!

  8. Dunwich? as in Dunwich horror?

  9. Yay a new video!! 🙂

  10. i have seen all of your reviews so far and they are all good and funny reviews XD. my favorite review u did was Grizzly i just find it funny how that u edited Godzilla’s roar in it i burst out laughing at it lol, i even like this review and your Pumpkinhead review :D. i even want to thank u for putting me off for paranormal films and Christmas horror films and i mean this in a good way i not really into paranormal films n i really don’t like seeing rape scenes. Oh and see the next time u see Jackula tell him i said thanks for putting me off rape and revenge type horror films i never like these type of films and i really love your Gingerdead Man reviews they are really GOOOOOOOOOOOD XD.

  11. I’m so glad you decided to do this review. I picked up a VHS of this from a thrift store when I was roughly 15 and I didn’t realise until some time later that it had been very crudely edited to remove the goriest scenes.

    After I realised this I tried to find another copy but I only knew it as “The Gates of Hell.” now that I know it’s real title and that it’s a trilogy I’m going to see if I can find a complete version and the other two.

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