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Rated R
Copyright 1994 Raven Video
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Steve Miller - A journalist; why don't these guys ever get killed?
  • Anna - Steve Miller's wife. A doctor.
  • Major Warren Holmes - Officer in the Civil Defense Force. Appears to have head-in-butt disease.
  • Shelia - Major Holmes' wife. An artist, she gets to be a zombie artist...
  • General Murchison - Commander of the Civil Defense Corps.
  • The Walking Dead - Zombies created by a nuclear accident that must drink blood to survive.

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The Plot: 

Not only is this movie crap, it's dubbed crap. There are one or two well done death scenes but the basic saving grace here is some female nudity and there's darn little of that. Zombies created by radioactivity (I have no idea how either) begin taking over some city full of people I don't really care about. At least the movie is interesting in that the zombies move quickly and use weapons, heck they're more intelligent than the humans as well. Although informed by superiors to shoot living dead through the brain we see very little implementation, soldiers spray bullets ineffectively into swarms of advancing zombies. And who lives through this entire mess? Not the soldiers or police - it's a damn reporter and his wife, the two least armed people! Further horror is garnered from the fact that we find the entire movie was just a dream but it begins coming true!

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Half-mutated nuclear zombies are better shots than military police.
  • Slit throats do not bleed much. Heck, at all.
  • TV shows involving badly dancing girls in blue suits are catching on in Europe.
  • TV sets are explosive and will set you on fire.
  • Machine gun bullets will not stop zombies or even knock them back.
  • Beauty marks can be in the wrong place - yuck!
  • Doctors are experts at throwing scalpels.
  • Nothing gets a girl hot like smacking the shit out of her.
  • A single molotov cocktail will totally incinerate a huge area.
  • One journalist can cause more damage than your average Civil Defense Force.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 9 mins - Why is he pretending to stab with the very fake knife?
  • 20 mins - The knife didn't look like it went in her? We're gonna get a sharper knife right? We've gotta have a sharper knife...
  • 33 mins - Soldier arrives 30 seconds after the phone stops ringing since they didn't answer?
  • 46 mins - Zombie boy was just drinking blood from her neck but there's no puncture...
  • 55 mins - Neither is alarmed that a speargun is pointing at them?
  • 70 mins - This military helicopter is just circling the zombies? Somebody shoot at them, please?
  • 73 mins - Where did she come up with the logic that nuclear zombies can't enter churches?
  • 80 mins - (to the zombie actor in brown) Annnnddddd... ...action!

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note citydead1.wav Sound Guy: "Whatever you says master, your wish is my command."
Green Music Note citydead2.wav Anna: "Well, how are you feeling today Phil?"
Patient: "Horrible, I feel like somebody who is waiting for the hatchet guy to chop off his head doctor."
Anna: "Well now, that sounds like an improvement over yesterday."
Green Music Note citydead3.wav Anna: "Another advantage of civilization my dear, like Coca-Cola or nuclear energy."
Green Music Note citydead4.wav Some Officer: "You mean that only bullets damaging the cranium can stop these, these monsters?"

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Video Clipcitydead1.mpg - 2.9m
The energetic zombies burst into this TV studio and make a statement for good taste by killing all the silly women in leotards.

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City of the Walking Dead
Reply #25. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by ton
I never knew that this movie was italian no wonder their lips dont sync with what they say. Hey i watched this movie like 20 years ago when i was still a preschooler.(talk about parental guidance). and i can say it scared the hell out of me, brought nightmares, fed my brain about what zombies can really do... they rock! Theres a lot of errors in this but if you're looking for a good scare, less talk, more action, more kill spree, kill time then watch it.
City of the Walking Dead
Reply #26. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Zack
my god...what can you say about this film...I mean Italian zombie schlock at it's apex.  

Has anyone ever noticed that the zombies in this don't look like rotting corpses so much as disinterested Italian guys with their faces smeared with excrement?

Hence why me and a friend of mine lovingly distinct this film from others in our zombie collection as "the Poopy-face Zombies"  

and come on...who can EVER get tired of watching the poopyfaces slaughter that GODDAM DANCE GROUP!!!?  

Chow down my fecal-faced friends...chow down
Re: City of the Walking Dead
Reply #27. Posted on April 03, 2008, 09:01:57 PM by Kronz
I think there must be a lot missing from the City of the Walking Dead version.  My copy of Nightmare City has loads of gore and flesh and gorgeous av quality.  I like my garbage presented in the best possible quality!

It saddens me that people don't love this movie.  Pure hilarity all around.  I think Lenzi knew how bad it was going to be and just took it completely over the top to compensate.  Also, the music is wonderful.
Re: City of the Walking Dead
Reply #28. Posted on April 07, 2008, 12:44:05 PM by Facer
This movie is known as "Invasión de los zombies atómicos" (Invasion of the atomic zombies) here in Mexico, and is one of the weirdest, crappiest films I've ever seen.

Lousy action and zombies that apparently are olympic athletes who feed on blood were too much to begin with, not to mention that all the rest of the film just sucks...

At least "City of the walking dead" sounds better as a title..
Re: City of the Walking Dead
Reply #29. Posted on September 12, 2009, 09:04:36 PM by El Misfit
so wait, these zombies are like vampire zombies? TeddyR
Re: City of the Walking Dead
Reply #30. Posted on September 13, 2009, 04:36:31 AM by RCMerchant
One of the worst movies that supposed to be a zombie-movie. Story and acting is boring, boring, boring. So they put just lots of ugly splatter-effects in it. The zombies can run and use weapons like mps and guns. So I would call them just kinds of mutant beeings or so and not zombies. If you wanna watch a good zombie- or splatter-movie for a good video-party, just watch a movie of John Romero or maybe Lucio Fulci.

John Romero? Is he related to George? brudders,mebbe?

I just bought this a couple of days ago. Fun stupid nonsense! Yeah,the zombies look like somebody smeared sh1t on their faces,but lotsa action ,so while it's dumb and nonsensical,it doesn't slow down and give you time to really think about it. Who needs charecter development when you got zombies with guns? I like it.
Re: City of the Walking Dead
Reply #31. Posted on July 20, 2010, 03:50:01 PM by Patrick
In my opinion, City of the Walking Dead is a classic only in the sense that it is so over the top, so self-depricating, not even trying to stand of the shoulders of giants like Romero of Argento, but understands that it can still find a niche somewhere in the nooks and crannys of the zombie genre, although it is not a traditional zombie film, these "walking dead" are driven by radioactivity for a thirst of red blood cells, I would say they are more similar the creatures from the "28 Days Later" saga, out of their minds, uncontrollable to the point they can't speak, only grunting to each other. This movie is enjoyable for what it offers, so I take it as another aspect of zombie canon.
Re: City of the Walking Dead
Reply #32. Posted on January 14, 2011, 08:40:13 AM by Anders
I actaully think this movie was good. Although it wasn't like a typical zombie movie, I think it was awesome
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