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Author Topic: Nightmare City / Incubo sulla citta contaminata (Umberto Lenzi, 1980)  (Read 17516 times)

IL COMMISSARIO

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Well, they did drink blood. They didn't actually consume anyone in the movie. The removal of the breast and eyes was just some added gore for exploitation value. You could go either way but these killers aren't really zombies either as they haven't died and returned as they need blood to sustain their life which is the same for vampires and they can be killed like a normal person. A similar argument was levied at 28 DAYS LATER over whether or not the creatures in the film were zombies or not.
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Indeed there was the same argument, but there again I ve taken the argument that 28 days later is very much in zombie genre.  I am sure nightmare city was written with the view of bolting itself onto the zombie genre that was ll the rage at the time and the vampire thing was to make these zombies different to other films zombies. 

The film that has come closest for purists to the zombie genre I suppose is fulci's zombi.  Not only did he use romero's zombie genre rules but also set it against a  voodoo setting.  But I guess that he did this again to make his zombies a bit distinct from Romero's (as Lenzi does by calling them vampires).

Anyhow I may as well add that I love nightmare city despite the groundhog day ending. 
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IL COMMISSARIO

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Yes, but ZOMBIE is a different animal from Romero's film simply because he took the zombies back to their voodoo roots, as you mentioned and was probably more instrumental in the onslaught of italo zombie movies than DAWN was considering it was supposedly a bigger hit in Italy than DAWN was.
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Well Zombies do have a lot in common with Vamps anyway, the book which inspired night of the living dead is about a world full of vampires yknow?

anyway, I guess Lenzi was just saying he made his zombie movie different yknow... not 100% zombie's, cool.
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You could go either way but these killers aren't really zombies either as they haven't died and returned as they need blood to sustain their life which is the same for vampires and they can be killed like a normal person. A similar argument was levied at 28 DAYS LATER over whether or not the creatures in the film were zombies or not.

I watched this a few months ago and was surprised at how well it was made and holds up.  ::) Defintiely the proto-type for 28 DAYS LATER with the zombies "hyper assed"  >:( as you described them in the lead post of this thread.  On the US Anchor Bay release, Lenzi notes that the zombies are actually humans infected with radiation, and if you look at the makeup of the zombies, with their faces at different levels of decompensation, I buy that.  I take his AIDS comparison with two grains of salt.  :-*   
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The first time I saw this movie (I rented the AB disc) I thought it was godawful.  Since I got that AB boxed set with CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD, LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE, and HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, I find myself spinning it every once in a while and enjoying it.

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So many people try to dismiss Lenzi as a hack, after some persuasion to watch some of his crime movies these people often change their minds.

I love his gialli (QUITE PLACE TO KILL, OASIS OF FEAR, KNIFE OF ICE, SO SWEET SO PERVERSE, SEVEN BLOODSTAINED ORCHIDS, SPASMO, EYEBALL, etc) and I'm going to start watching his crime movies soon but his horror movies are an uneven bunch.  I like NIGHTMARE CITY and HOUSE OF WITCHCRAFT and can even tolerate BLACK DEMONS but GATE OF HELL and HOUSE OF LOST SOULS are the dreck of the dreck (the only good thing in LOST SOULS is when the annoying kid gets killed).

Forgot about NIGHTMARE BEACH/WELCOME TO SPRING BREAK - ick!

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Here's the aerobics/disco theme:

http://rapidshare.com/files/119800048/nightmarecitydisco.mp3
Great, i love the Cipriani disco score in this scene ::)
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I don't know if it's just the English dub, but "Nightmare City's" journalist hero, Hugo Stiglitz, is really something else.  ::)
I particularly love his way of talking when he discusses the "freedom of the press in a democratic country" with Mel Ferrer's big shot military figure. ;D
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The English dub is a great part of the charm with NIGHTMARE CITY. I'd never be able to sit through it in Italian.

I don't think Lenzi was ever to good at horror. He does psychological thrillers very well but less so at physical terror - just look at how pitifully EYEBALL compares to the rest of his gialli. NIGHTMARE CITY works because it is structured like an action film (which Lenzi does brilliantly) and is very fast-pased and silly. I do kinda like HOUSE OF LOST SOULS, though. It's usually regarded as inferior to HOUSE OF WITCHCRAFT but my feelings are the exact opposite. I like SOULS in spite of its flaws but just couldn't get into WITCHCRAFT.

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I prefer WITCHCRAFT to LOST SOULS.

I recall reading that Stiglitz was imposed on the production.  I don't recall who Lenzi originally wanted but I know I've read somewhere he mentioned the actor he wanted.

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Coming from Njutafilms on November 12:

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Stephen Grimes

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Definitely be ordering a copy,lost my AB dvd just before i left London so i could do with a nice new one.
Thanks for heads-up Magnus.
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Damn this is a nice cover, I would be tempted if I didn't have like 3 editions of this movie already  :-\
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I would be tempted if I didn't have like 3 editions of this movie already  :-\

Oh what's one more copy?  :-*
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