City of the Living Dead
Gates of Hell
Carlo De Mejo
First posted in
a different form
on March 19, 2011
Paura nella città dei morti viventi (also known as City of the Living Dead and Gates of Hell) begins with a psychic viewing the suicide of a priest. But this isn’t an ordinary suicide. In fact, unless something is done quick the world will die.
Loads of laffs around, eh?
City of the Living Dead wasn’t what I was expecting.
Oh, I knew about the gore, and with it being an Italian Horror flick there’d almost have to be several plot conveniences, characters who aren’t much more than cardboard, and moments that made no damn sense at all. It comes with the subgenre, and this is no exception.
Nevertheless, City of the Living Dead brings the goods in terms of unease and horror. It is a shining example of the best of Italian Horror.
I almost want to give it a great score, but there’s really too much wrong with the script for that. We’ll settle on good (1.5 points). I had a blast watching City of the Living Dead and probably would again some day (2 points). I don’t quite dare recommend it, in part because all of this might be Cullen Likes and not actual good taste. But if you can stomach Eighties style gore, you should find a worthy flick here.
Oh, one other thing. If you’re queasy about maggots, avoid.
Maybe even run away.
You might wanna start now, in fact.
Overall Score: 3.5 total points out of a possible 4