THE GATES OF HELL (aka CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD)
Paura nella città dei morti viventi
1980, Grindhouse Releasing, 93 min, Dir: Lucio Fulci

If you like great photography, supernatural themes, painful insertions of carpentry tools, portals to Hell, vomiting-up of intestines and maggot-dripping zombies, this is the film for you. A priest commits suicide by hanging himself in the church cemetery of Dunwich, and the horrific act opens the gates of Hell. As zombies pour forth. a reporter, a psychic, a psychiatrist and his patient must close the gates before All Saints Day or the dead will destroy the world (in a creatively gory way, of course). Gruesome savant Fulci’s follow-up to ZOMBIE features fantastic makeup by Gino de Rossi and cinematography by Sergio Salvate.


DAY OF THE ANIMALS
1977, Film Ventures Intl., 97 min, Dir: William Girdler

It’s man versus Mother Nature, and she’s packing razor-sharp claws and teeth. With the ozone depleted, a group of nature-happy hikers pays the ultimate price as radiation-crazed animals run amok. There’s mountain lions, grizzly bears and shirtless Leslie Nielsens … oh my!


PIECES
MIL GRITOS TIENE LA NOCHE
1982, Grindhouse Releasing, 89 min, Spain/USA, Dir: Juan Piquer Simón

In this infamous grindhouse thriller, a young boy with twisted ideas about sexuality grows into a serial killer on a rampage, collecting body parts to assemble his jigsaw puzzle of the ideal woman. Christopher George (TV’s “Rat Patrol”) is the hardboiled cop on his trail in a bizarre college town. Filmmaker Simón keeps the absurd number of red herrings coming at breakneck speed.


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