Fright Night done. I don't know if I will get up in time, but I would like to go to another movie Saturday. For now though, I watched City Of The Living Dead (1980) before it was taken out of Instant Watch.
Somewhere in the town of Dunwich, a priest hangs himself. Because he does this, he opens a gate to hell that causes the dead to start to rise. Mary (Catriona MacColl) is a psychic who has a vision of this, and things to come. This puts her in a death like state, and is even buried alive before Peter (Christopher George), a reporter, discovers she isn't so dead after all. Peter and Mary decide to team up and head to Dunwich to see if there is anything they can do. Mary believes, because of the vision she had, that the gates must be closed before All Saints Day arrives, which happens to be the very next day. In Dunwich, we meet Gerry (Carlo De Mejo), a psychiatrist. Because of his job, he has been meeting people that believe something is very wrong in Dunwich ever since the priest killed himself. Gerry teams up with Sandra (Janet Agren) when she discovers a body in her house that was just at the morgue. They eventually find Peter and Mary and try to help them as well. Will they be able to close the gates in time?
City Of The Living Dead, which has a long list of other titles, is a movie by writer/director Lucio Fulci. I have watched a few of his movies for here, so I was looking forward to watching it. It gets fairly high marks on IMDb (6.1), which I don't really get. Not to say I hated City Of The Living Dead, I just didn't connect with it like so many others have. I found the start of the movie a little confusing. I didn't even make the connection that Mary was the woman in the coffin for a while. Everyone calls the dead zombies, but that is a very loose term for them here. They certainly have the look of zombies, but they don't really act like one. They can kill just by staring at women and they can appear and disappear at will. It was a bit strange, like they were part zombie, part ghost. My biggest problem with City Of The Living Dead was that there was no sense of urgency. They had less than 24 hours to close the gates, but they were always being side tracked by something. They save some kid twice. The last time they did so...well I don't want to give anything away but lets just say they were late. I'm not saying the kid wasn't worth saving, but if it was the kid or having millions killed because the gate wasn't closed, then sorry about your luck kid.
I think City Of The Living Dead has become something of a favorite mostly because of the special effects. It can be a pretty gory film at times. Bleeding from the eyes, puking up ones guts, and a nice scene where someone gets a drill to the head. Even the zombies looked pretty good. Most of the effects look good, but there was at least one where it was pretty obvious a fake head was being used. The acting seemed to be okay. The version that was on Instant Watch was dubbed.
I'm not alone in not really liking the plot for City Of The Living Dead. Once I figured out what was going on, I still wasn't a big fan of it. I guess I get why people like Fulci's films. I have liked some of them, but I have never found one I can think of as great though. Fans say to leave logic at the door when you do watch his movies. That is fine I guess, but I like logic. I also like weird movies, but as long as they makes some sense, then I am happy. It wasn't that City Of The Living Dead was way out there as far as its logic, I just didn't care for the way the characters were taking their sweet time saving the world. The ending also leaves a lot to be desired as well. The story about how the ending came about is interesting, there was a split in the film so Fulci just went with it, but it gives you the feel of just leaving you hanging. Fan of Fulci do seem to like this one. If you are one, and haven't checked out this one yet, then give it a watch. Even though I didn't care for it, I would tell people to give it a chance at least.
2 out of 5 I wonder where the zombies went when they disappeared
5 days ago