Box art for City of the Living Dead

City of the Living Dead

  • Rated NR

independent, special interest

After a priest commits suicide, a ghastly horror is unleashed on the quaint New England town of Dunwich. The rotting denizens of the local cemetery rise and walk the Earth.

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Drink less than six beers], you'll be bored with the nonsensical plot. Drink more, you'll probably vomit when you see a girl in the movie literally puke her guts out.

- Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Teleporting Zombies! Hanging priests! Bleeding eyes! Organ regurgitation! The plot is meaningless and the characters senseless. But these are pluses for films in this cycle.

- Brian Holcomb,, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Derek Adams, Time Out, Thursday, February 9, 2006

Audience Reviews

3 stars

You can call this a dress rehearsal for The Beyond. Not as focused and effective as The Beyond, but full of crazy over the top moments. There are enough gory killings here to make a full top then list of great movie kills. Is going to disgust you more than scare you, but it will never bore you.

- DragonEyeMorrison, Monday, August 15, 2011

2 stars

More blood and guts from Lucio Fulci. I watch this on Netflix Streaming before they jack up their rates. I saw no real point to this one. A priest commits suicide in a New England town, and opens the gates of Hell allowing the dead to rise from their graves and feed on the living. Special effects are pretty gory, with maggots galore. But still not a top notch zombie film, so I can only dish out 2 1/2 stars.

- bbcfloridabound, Monday, August 15, 2011

4 stars

Some films have articles, essays, even books dedicated to explaining how great they are. As a teenager it only took one simple sentence to put City of the Living Dead on my list of films I needed to see..."A woman pukes up her own intestines". Sadly, at the time the UK censors didn't see the funny side of this, and the other delights contained in this film or it's companion The Beyond, so I didn't get to see them until much later. In some ways I can say COTLD does live up to it's reputation (it IS pretty disgusting) but in others, well, if The Beyond is pleasingly, nightmarishly surreal (and to me it is) COTLD is one of the most bafflingly illogical films I've ever seen. The story involves a psychic and a journalist rushing to close a portal to hell that's been opened by the suicide of a priest (how? why? how should I know, I only watched the film and that didn't help! The priest comes back as an undead overlord, but was this his intention?). I say rushing but in fact their journey is rather leisurely. Apparently saving the world isn't as important as stopping off for lunch on the way, which is rather odd as they're against the clock on this one - the portal must be closed by All Saints day. You may think that's a small thing to notice in the film except - and I'm about to give away the ending - they get there TOO LATE to close the portal! Before entering a graveyard for the final showdown with the undead priest they note that it's already All Saints day, they've blown it, yet the film continues into it's climax and a good vs evil face off from which our "heroes" think they're emerging victorious? You idiots! You already knew you blew it, what on earth is going on here?? Then there's the infamous final scene. Supposedly the films disjointed, inexplicable ending is the result of the last bit of footage being damaged and lost for ever, and what you do get is something you really have to see for yourself to (dis)believe. They certainly don't make 'em like that anymore. If it's gore you want you certainly won't be let down by the drillings, gouged heads, zombie attacks and of course A WOMAN PUKING UP HER OWN INTESTINES, but overall this film is slow moving, and with that ending (for gods sake, that ENDING!) more than a little frustrating. .

- matertenebraum, Thursday, April 14, 2011