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"And the dead shall rise and walk the earth!"

Lucio Fulci's City of the Living Dead, also known as Gates of Hell (1980), begins with a priest hanging himself in a Dunwich cemetery. After he commits suicide, the gates of hell are opened, and this causes the dead to rise from their graves. The infestation of zombies threatens to spread unless the gates of hell are closed. Mary Woodhouse is a psychic that seems to die of fright while conducting a séance in New York City. A reporter, Peter Bell, shows up on the scene as the police investigate her death. Bell is curious about the case and ventures to her grave site. He is taking notes when he hears a load noise coming from inside her coffin. Mary has been revived in her coffin and is suffocating to death. Bell grabs a pick axe and smashes through the top of the coffin, allowing her to breathe.

Once Mary is freed, she reveals that prophecies in the Book of Enoch are coming true. They must travel to Dunwich in order to help close the newly opened gates of hell or else the dead will never rest. The portal must be closed before the Day of All Saints or else it can never be closed.

In the town, the dead are now using ghostly powers to attack those living in the town in very garish ways. The spirit of the priest appears on and off to townspeople right before chaos befalls them. The zombies also have magical and ghostly powers of mind control and teleportation that further allow them to cause havoc.

Many of the deaths in the town are extremely violent. The confused townspeople blame a strange young man named Bob for the mysterious occurrences. Although he is innocent, he is brutally killed by a suspicious father of a girl whom, the father believes, Bob has attacked.

Mary and Peter eventually team up with two other believers from the town to eventually confront the dead in their labyrinth.

| 1980 | 1 hr 32 min | 6.3/10
Christopher George, Catriona MacColl, Carlo De Mejo, Antonella Interlenghi
Medusa Distribuzione
Lucio Fulci

Also starring Catriona MacColl

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