Thursday, 21 April 2011

Review - City of the Living Dead (1980 - Dir. Lucio Fulci)

The first of a loose trilogy of zombie films made by the late great Lucio Fulci (followed up by The Beyond and House by the Cemetery). This film has recently enjoyed its 30th birthday and is still going strong (I wonder if recent horror offerings will do the same). 

It is hard to put your finger on why it is so likeable. Is it the pairing of Christopher George and Catriona MacColl, who really don't have to do a lot of acting? For evidence, watch the maggot scene. Is it the excessive non-CGI gore effects? One scene of the much abused, in Fulci films, Daniela Doria  chucking up her intestines can make you feel a tad queasy. Plus, for the entrance fee, you also get a drill through the head scene! Is it the atmosphere and the strange disjointed plot? Is it the final shot that provokes much chin stroking bafflement? I don't think we will ever know the thinking behind it, if there was any. It's probably a combination of all these things that make an enjoyable late Friday night kind of film. Bear in mind that this is just the starter, compared to the main course that is The Beyond...

If you like this you could also try:
The Beyond, The House by the Cemetery, A Bay of Blood, Zombie Flesh Eaters, The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue, Dawn of the Dead.

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