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

4 stars

Dark and surreal, this zombie film is one of Fulci's best.

- FilmFanatik, Wednesday, February 13, 2008

4 stars

This is not my favorite Fulci movie but its one of his best and its one that I can pop in and watch pretty much anytime. It's a goofy gorefest about a small New England town which is besieged by demonic forces after a priest's suicide opens the gateway to Hell. Fulci, being Fulci, concentrates on the gross-out aspects of his story (a girl vomits up her intestines, a man's head is impaled by a drill, brains are squashed out of heads), but also manages to create a creepy atmosphere and even delivers a couple of decent scares. The scene in which the zombified Emily staggers toward her little brother until her eyes seem to pop out of the screen is one of the freakiest images I've ever seen! Emily's death is pretty scary as well; the priest's animalistic moaning in the dimly lit garage seriously creeps me out, as does the faceful of worm-ridden putrescence Emily receives. People have complained that this movie makes little sense. I won't argue. The concentration here is on nightmarish imagery, atmosphere and gory set-pieces, and if you know anything about Fulci, you should know that going in. The gibbon noises? I doubt Fulci honestly thought anyone would think they were ghosts howling. I think he and his sound designer just sifted through the library of sound effects and found the monkeys' cries bizarre and decided to stick them in there. Why not? Nightmares don't always make sense, so why should a horror movie? And the infamous ending? Who the hell cares what it means? The movie left me feeling creepy and disoriented, which is a success in my book. It's structured like a creepy dream from which you can't awaken, and I think we've all had dreams that made us say, "What the hell was that all about?" Overall, its fun for fans of spaghetti splatter or if your looking for a good horror movie to watch with a group of friends during the weekend

- cancercapricorn2002, Wednesday, October 1, 2008

1 star

Dissappointing movie; the artwork looked so freaky and cool I bought it. Not really a zombie movie, just a series of gorey small encounters with mysterious forces of evil. The plot consists of loosely tied horrific incidents in the village of Dunwich, caused when a priest presumably opens the gate to Hell, which is a freaky red cave underneath a masoleum. Quite gory, but confusing. It wasn't the masterpiece which I consider Fulci's film "The Beyond". It had one of those WTF endings like they had run out of time, budget and film in the camera.

- YosemiteSamFan, Saturday, October 17, 2009