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DA VINCI OF DEATH,
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This review is from: City of the Living Dead [DVD] (DVD)
After what twenty years of watching films with almost obsessive compulsive disorder like zeal i have found myself loitering in the splatter genre of the late 70s and the italian horror of Dario,Bava and this man,the don Lucio Fulci.I have to admit it took me a while but City Of The Living Dead peeled my eyes back.If the horror of Dario has the operatic sweep of a boxing match.Fulci is a bare knuckle fight.Glass allowed.Eyes goughes,brains spilling out of freshly ripped heads,drills through heads.Oddly mesmeric,beautifully pre c.g.i.Fulci's zombies don't have the socio political agenda of Romero,there function is to emerge,oozing,gooey aiming for the back of your skull.
I love these Arrow editions.For salivating,hot breathed geeks these editions are like a drug.You get reversible sleeves,postcards,extras plus a nifty catalogue f other titles available which will annoy the girlfriend as you proceed to purchase ultra gorefests rinsing your credit card.The missus will never understand my noble ambition of turning my shelf into a dvd equivalent of a video shop in the 80s,stacked full of delightful violence,marauding zombies and tons of blood.
These types of movies are a religion,i am fully converted.Its a beautiful thing how the FANS have kept the legacy of Fulci alive,constantly pushing his work to a status where critic's appraisals are not relevant at all.Fulci's horror reign has been taken to the bosom of carnage connosieurs.
Whats sad is Fulci is not here to see how his movies are loved.
I would say to appreciate this type of movie i think you have to be well versed in the mechanics of the genre,i do not mean to sound pompous it took me years but once your bitten....the dialogue can be terrible,logic can evaporate,stories left unfinished but there is undeniable charm to City Of The Living Dead.This was made in a time when independent producers could make movies truly outside the system before everything got swallowed up.
Lucio i tip my hat.Genius.Loved it.
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Initial post: 26 Aug 2012 21:17:49 BDT
I'm glad you seem to have loved the film, i'm now convinced you'll also love The Beyond and House By The Cemetery. The drill in the head and the young woman vomiting out her insides are classic Fulci.
Posted on 27 Aug 2012 15:24:01 BDT
Nelson Viper says:
Good review. I've been turning my house into an 80s video emporium for years. And Fulci really knew how to take an eye out.
Posted on 27 Aug 2012 15:25:51 BDT
mister joe says:
Thanks Nelson,by the way if you like the review don't forget the vote!I wish to carry out my plan of taking over amazon!
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2012 11:02:53 BDT
Post Soviet says:
Agree, your mum, not to forget haunting music scores in Fulci's zombie flicks as very important ingredient of his magic.
Posted on 13 Sep 2012 12:38:21 BDT
Mr. B. N. Vowles says:
Ha! Love it! "my noble ambition of turning my shelf into a dvd equivalent of a video shop in the 80s,stacked full of delightful violence,marauding zombies and tons of blood." Brings back memories of being 7 years old in 1985 and daring myself to linger in the horror section of the local video rental shop, staring at the scary video covers until my mum dragged me away to choose a mundane child-friendly film (usually a "Benji the dog" outing...*shudders*)
Posted on 20 Apr 2014 02:41:51 BDT
Timelord - 007 says:
I'm sure I've seen this film I seen so many zombie movies but this one I'm unsure I seen or not.
Great review as ever mister joe, Glad my reviews reminding you of nostalgia of the good ole video shop rental day's.
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