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Saturday, 8 October 2016

The Gates of Hell (1980)

aka City of the Living Dead

Director Lucio Fulci collaborates with prolific horror screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti for this supernatural gore-fest. The H.P. Lovecraft-inspired tale centers around the desecrated town of Dunwich. The film has a surreal quality emphasized by its downright repulsive and enigmatic occurrences. Devious and deadly acts spontaneously appear and disappear on screen. Ranging from leaping fireballs, the rotting dead and one maggot-filled gust of wind. The SFX are sound and rarely overstep their limitations. An effective atmosphere is well sustained with the help of meticulous scenes of human destruction and another of Fabio Frizzi's masterful scores. Faults occur in revealing plot holes and an anticlimactic conclusion. The film feels incomplete, but if seen as style over substance, it's a surreal thriller sure to appease the gore hounds.

3½ regurgitations out of 5


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