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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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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 #9. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Rabid Ryan
Christ this flick was bad. Everyone here that enjoyed this flick.....what the hell are you talking about? Try any of Fulci's living dead flicks to see how it's really done. This movie is lame
City of the Walking Dead
Reply #10. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by
Umberto Lenzi rivals Bruno Mattei as one of the most ham-fisted, delusional directors on the Italian horror scene (or at least the former Italian horror scene).  I first saw "City of the Walking Dead" back in 1997, when I had no idea what the scene was all about, and thoroughly hated the movie; I rented it again recently and hated it just as much.  Maybe if Anchor Bay did one of their superb remasters, I'd give the movie another look, but seeing that that hasn't happened yet, the full-screen version sucks and the print quality is bad.  The story is about zombies that not only can run around like normal, healthy people, but also have full knowledge of how to operate automatic weapons and brandish machetes.  Some people applauded this aspect, saying it went against the norm, but I think Lenzi was either too impatient or lazy to give his "actors" directions on "being zombies."  The tomato-paste special effects don't help any.
Along with "Night of the Zombies," this is one of the worst things to come out of the whole cannibal/zombie movement.  For real zombies, check out a Fulci flick.
City of the Walking Dead
Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by g
God, I hated this movie. Sure, Italian zombie flicks are entertaining just because of how bad they are but please! Try Nights of Terror or the spanish Blind Dead series for some good bad zombie action. Actually, on second thought don't.
City of the Walking Dead
Reply #12. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Brandon Camporine
This is not only my favorite zombie movie of all time (next to the unsurpassable "Dawn of the Dead"), but it's also one of my favorite horror movies from the 80's, my fave being "Hide and Go Shriek" with "Return of the Aliens, the Deadly Spawn" and "Nightmare" in close seconds.  The acting may not be the best, the story may be a little dull, the dubbing may be awful, the picture quality not that great, some scenes purely stupid, and the dialogue bland, but this movie is still terrifying in it's own way.  The first time I saw this, I was scared for a month.  It surpassed even my fear of "Hell Night" and "Clownhouse" (two other amazing little gems from the 80's).  I now own the movie and the dream-becomes-reality ending still makes my jaw drop a bit.  I recommend this to any TRUE zombie fan!
City of the Walking Dead
Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Countess Zarina Suspiriorum
   Can I say one thing right off the bat and get it out of the way?  Hugo Stiglitz cannot act his way out of a wet paper bag!  If this movie isn't proof enough try sitting through NIGHT OF 1000 CATS or CEMENTERIO DEL TERROR sometime.
   That having been said I actually like this movie!  Not until I saw the European version (called NIGHTMARE CITY) did I find out these are not really walking dead but atomic radiated mutants who have turned into superbeings that are well near indestructable.  Okay so let's keep on calling them zombies because . . .well . . .it's just easier.
   Don't you love a movie where you shoot at the zombies and they shoot back?  Not until Carlos Aured's AFTER DEATH did anyone copy that idea!
   Watch for Stefania D'Amario, who is also in DR. BUTCHER M.D. playing the daughter of Mel Ferrer.
City of the Walking Dead
Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Brian the S.N.A.M.S. Agent
I thought it was pretty hilarious how bullets couldn't hurt the zombies, but the reporter could easily lay the smack down on them.  The exploding TV was pretty funny too.  And the "nightmare becomes real" ending was seriously messed up.  Funny stuff, watch it for a laugh.
City of the Walking Dead
Reply #15. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Jack Johnson
I bought this movie for a couple of bucks at a used movie store. The only reason I bought it is because on the back cover of the box it mentioned Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. Yeah, I forgot the fact that every movie in the history of ever hypes up its content with a bunch of lies and some good pictures. The only thing I learned from this movie is that Italian zombies are the worst of all zombies. If you like bad movies this is the one for you. The ending is so bad it hurts. Also on the back of the box it says "Due to the graphic nature of the violence, as well as considerable nudity, this film is unsuitable for children." Let me add that it is also unsuitable for adults and aliens who want to be entertained. Let me sum up this movie classic in one sentence. I truly feel like I've wasted 90-minutes of my life.
City of the Walking Dead
Reply #16. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by jmc
Strayed too far from the zombie "rules" for me, but I haven't seen it in a long time and maybe I should give it another try.  BTW, I think this is far worse than Hell of the Living Dead [aka Night of the Zombies.]  

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