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.


DEMONS
DEMONI
1985, 88 min, Italy, Dir: Lamberto Bava

Director Lamberto Bava and producer Dario Argento engage in a bit of SCREAM-style self-consciousness in this gory delight, in which theatergoers attending a zombie movie find themselves under attack by real zombies.


THE BEYOND
…E TU VIVRAI NEL TERRORE! L’ALDILÀ
1981, Grindhouse Releasing, 87 min, Italy, Dir: Lucio Fulci

In director Lucio Fulci’s Gothic masterpiece, Lisa (Catriona MacColl) inherits a decrepit New Orleans hotel and hopes to renovate it. What her real estate agent failed to tell her is that one of seven doors to Hell is in the cellar; after several gruesome accidents, the passageway opens, unleashing a horde of zombies. Both gory and surreal, Fulci's tribute to Antonin Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty is not so much a film as a stunning series of brutal images - faces eaten by spiders, seeing-eye dogs gone mad, men losing eyeballs and, of course, blood-soaked bodies. With one of Fabio Frizzi's most menacing scores.


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