City of the Living Dead (1980)
Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Christopher George, Catriona MacColl, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Fabrizio Jovine
Storyline: A priest hangs himself and it opens the gates to hell. The dead start walk upon the earth.
Review (spoils): A priest (Fabrizio Jovine) hangs himself and for some reason this opens the gates to hell. This leads to a reporter Peter (Christopher George) and a psychic Mary (Catriona MacColl) to figure the mystery and destroy the now evil priest that is helping raise the dead upon the earth before All Saints Day. Yes it is a weak storyline but it is Lucio Fulci and he is not known for strong story but massive freaky gore and that he does deliver in this film. This film has lots of bleeding eyes, a woman who barfs out her innards (classic scene), drill bit through the head, worms, sky of maggots, walking flesh eating zombies and lots of brain ripping out of the head. This Lucio Fulci film aims to please the gore hounds. Seeing this part of the Lucio Fulci “Gates of Hell” trilogy you can really see the overlap of this film and The Beyond.
Rating: Not as great as The Beyond but it still holds its own. This film is not for every horror fan you actually have to enjoy the Italian horror era to get it. Which means crazy storylines but all out gore. God I love Lucio Fulci. Drink up!