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Paura nella città dei morti viventi -- A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from the grave.


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6 May 1983 (USA) See more »
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A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from their graves. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher George ... Peter Bell
Catriona MacColl ... Mary Woodhouse (as Katriona MacColl)
Carlo De Mejo ... Gerry
Antonella Interlenghi ... Emily Robbins
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ... Bob
Daniela Doria ... Rosie Kelvin
Fabrizio Jovine ... Father William Thomas
Luca Venantini ... John-John Robbins (as Luca Paisner)
Michele Soavi ... Tommy Fisher

Venantino Venantini ... Mr. Ross
Enzo D'Ausilio ... Sheriff Russell's deputy
Adelaide Aste ... Theresa
Luciano Rossi ... Policeman in apartment

Robert Sampson ... Sheriff Russell

Janet Agren ... Sandra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Omero Capanna ... Burning Zombie (uncredited)

Lucio Fulci ... Dr. Joe Thompson (uncredited)
Michael Gaunt ... Gravedigger (uncredited)
Perry Pirkanen ... Blond Gravedigger (uncredited)
James Sampson ... James McLuhan - Séance Member (uncredited)
Martin Sorrentino ... Sgt. Clay (uncredited)
Robert Spafford ... Junie the Bartender (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Susan Spafford ... Sandra (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Pat Starke ... Emily Robbins (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Frank von Kuegelgen ... Gerry (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Robert E. Warner ... Policeman Outside Apartment Building (uncredited)

Directed by
Lucio Fulci 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lucio Fulci  story and screenplay
H.P. Lovecraft  inspiration (uncredited)
Dardano Sacchetti  story and screenplay

Produced by
Lucio Fulci .... producer
Giovanni Masini .... producer
Robert E. Warner .... executive producer
Robert E. Warner .... producer: USA
Original Music by
Fabio Frizzi 
Cinematography by
Sergio Salvati 
Film Editing by
Edo Brizio (Blu-ray making of editor) (as Edoardo Brizio)
Vincenzo Tomassi 
Production Design by
Massimo Antonello Geleng 
Costume Design by
Massimo Antonello Geleng 
Makeup Department
Rosario Prestopino .... assistant makeup artist
Franco Rufini .... makeup artist
Franco Rufini .... special makeup effects artist
Luciano Vito .... hair stylist
Production Management
Franco Coduti .... unit manager (as Giannfranco Coduti)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roberto Giandalia .... assistant director
Art Department
Giacomo Calò Carducci .... set dresser
Rodolfo Ruzza .... props
Ovidio Taito .... assistant set designer
Sound Department
Ugo Celani .... sound engineer
Eros Giustini .... boom operator
Bruno Moreal .... sound mixer
Marco Streccioni .... sound engineer
Special Effects by
Gino De Rossi .... special effects
Franco Rufini .... special effects
Nazzareno Cardinali .... stunt coordinator
Don Ruffin .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Roberto Belli .... chief electrician
Roberto Forges Davanzati .... camera operator
Giorgio Garibaldi Schwarze .... still photographer
Maurizio Lucchini .... first assistant camera
Giancarlo Serravalli .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Luciana Morosetti .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Armando Pace .... assistant editor
Pietro Tomassi .... assistant editor
Luciano Vittori .... color consultant
Music Department
Fabio Frizzi .... conductor
Maurizio Guarini .... musician
Other crew
Rita Agostini .... continuity
Donatella Botti .... continuity
Cimino .... furniture
Alfredo Fornacini .... assistant production secretary
Franco Galizi .... production secretary
E. Rancati .... furniture (as Rancati)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"City of the Living Dead" - International (English title), USA (imdb display title)
"Fear in the City of the Living Dead" - Italy (literal English title)
"Pater Thomas" - Europe (bootleg title)
"The Gates of Hell" - USA
"Frayeurs" - Canada (French title), France
"Η πόλη των ζωντανών νεκρών" - Greece
"Τα ζόμπι βγήκαν από τον τάφο τους" - Greece
"Τα ζόμπι ξανάρχονται" - Greece
"Город живых мертвецов" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Градът на живите мъртви" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"City of the Living Dead" - Norway (imdb display title)
"City of the Living Dead" - Netherlands (imdb display title)
"Die Stadt der lebenden Toten" - West Germany (bootleg title)
"Ein Toter hing am Glockenseil" - West Germany (censored version)
"Ein Zombie hing am Glockenseil" - West Germany
"Eine Leiche hängt am Glockenseil" - West Germany (video title)
"Grad živih mrtvaca" - Serbia
"Holtak városa" - Hungary (informal title)
"I poli ton zontanon nekron" - Greece (DVD title)
"Jigoku no kado" - Japan (video title)
"La ciudad de los muertos vivientes" - Mexico (imdb display title)
"Las puertas del infierno" - Argentina
"Miasto zywej smierci" - Poland (imdb display title)
"Miedo en la ciudad de los muertos vivientes" - Spain (imdb display title)
"Os Mistérios da Cidade Maldita" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Pánico En La Ciudad De Los Muertos Vivientes" - Chile (video title)
"Pavor na Cidade dos Zumbis" - Brazil
"Staden med levande döda" - Sweden
"Ta zombi vgikan apo ton tafo tous" - Greece (reissue title)
"Ta zombi xanarhontai" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Zombiernes by" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Zombik városa" - Hungary (imdb display title)
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93 min | Australia:90 min (cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R18+ | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Denmark:16 | Finland:K-18 (2001) | Finland:(Banned) (1985) | France:16 (cut) | Germany:18 (SPIO/JK) (uncut version) | Germany:16 (cut) | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM18 | Italy:VM14 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:16 (1981) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 (re-rating) (uncut) (2007) | Portugal:M/18 | South Korea:18 (2016) | Spain:18 | Sweden:18 (video rating) | UK:X (original rating: 1981) (cut) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1986) (cut) (re-rating) (2001) (uncut) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:(Banned) | West Germany:18 (heavily cut)

Did You Know?

Director Lucio Fulci always carried around a bag with his trademark pipe and tobacco. One day on set, he reached into his bag and found a handful of maggots (which had been used earlier to film the scene in which maggots blow in through a window). The perpetrator of this prank is rumored to be Christopher George, the film's lead actor, who did not get along well with Fulci.See more »
Continuity: In Emily's house, she lays the .38 pistol down on her work bench and pours herself a glass of Jack Daniels and sits the glass back down beside the pistol and bottle. When her visitor pours himself a drink a minute later, same spot, the bottle has become a Dewar's bottle. Two minutes later, the Jack Daniels bottle is across the room on a low end table with the glass beside it.See more »
Theresa:You don't deserve help! You're a comic book version of a detective, Sergeant!
Sgt. Clay:Well, you look better in your mug shot, you know. The great Theresa. The master medium. Yeah, for you it's all in the book of... of... what's it called?
Sgt. Clay:Yeah, Enoch. According to you, this poor girl is dead because of a book that was written 4,000 years ago. Correct?
Theresa:That's right. I would find a such an unusual paradox of tremendous appeal terribly stimulating, if I were a sleuth. Enoch provides the explanation in every detail of a crime, before it has been committed.
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28 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
One hell of a gory film!, 15 July 1999
Author: Dan Grant ( from Toronto, Ontario

Lucio Fulci is a horror icon. He may not be as well known to many film goers in North America as his iconic status was cemented some twenty years ago, but if you like films by Wes Craven and M. Night Shyamalan and even David Fincher, then you can look at Fulci and say that his work has inspired some of theirs. This is the firs film that I saw of Fulci's and it was when I was a teenager and didn't appreciate a film like this. All I saw in it was a blood and gore soaked film with some really violent deaths. How can one forget the drill to the head? To this day, I still think that actor was actually killed on the set? They really did put the drill bit through his brain and captured it on film for artistic integrity.

I am obviously kidding of course, but is the effect the film will have on you. Films like this are brutal and disgusting and if you like horror films that are high on gore, then Fulci and his counterpart, Argento, are the best in the business. I have always found Italian splatter films to be awe inspiring. They are so much more creative than your typical American horror films. That has changed into the new millennium, but there is still nothing like this on the market. Fulci's films, like Craven's 70's films, would be edited and chopped to bits before anything like this would ever be released. And that is a travesty as the vision and the creativity involved in making a film like this not only takes gusto, it takes talent. Fulci is about as good as they come for this genre.

This is what I wrote in my original review of the film. This is when I was in my mid 20's. I have seen the film recently and obviously my appreciation of the film has increased.

"Gates To Hell ( English translation ) is very amateurishly made. It is lacking in the acting and the directing is choppy. But what this film is and what it does is it epitomizes horror and terror. There are really disgusting scenes of brains being eaten, guts being puked up, a drill to the head ( one of favourites ) and lots of blood, guts and tissue. This film uses the fear of religious unknowns and uses that fear brilliantly. It shows us and truly makes us feel what it must be like to feel pain. Real pain. Not the comic violence that you get from Jason and Freddy. But real disgusting terror as you watch people die in heinous ways."

Times change and now I love the film even more. Fulci is a visionary genius and his Gates to Hell is one of the most innovative horror films to come out of any country. This is a must see for every horror fan.

I am just learning about Italian horror. But if this is what the horror genre is all about, then I want to see more of it. Fulci is one of a kind and I don't think there will be another like him. This is his best work. Check it out.


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