City of the Living Dead (1980)
Well now we have moved into the 1980′s, and into Fulci’s gore-flick stride. City of the Living Dead is the story of the small town of Dunwich, in which a priest has just committed suicide and opened the gates of hell. This allows for the dead to rise. It is then up to a group of four people (a reporter, a psychic, a psychiatrist and his patient) to figure out how to close the gates of hell before the entire world is overwhelmed. What follows is good old fashioned intestine-vomiting, eye-bleeding, brain-drilling fun.
As with last week’s Fulci film, this is also one of my favorite flicks. The gore is spectacular, and one could argue that the gore in this movie surpassed the bar set by Zombie. In my opinion, the trio of Zombie, City of the Living Dead, and The Beyond truly define the pinnacle of Lucio Fulci’s career. Consequently, this movie is certainly a high-priority must-see for any Fulci fans or gorehounds. Though nowhere near as popular or sought-after as Zombie and The Beyond, it remains my opinion that it still ranks up with them. So put this film at the top of your list if you haven’t seen it, or Rose will continue to cry.