ZMMM Dailies: 6/17/2009 – Nightmare City

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 18 - 2009

NightmareCityAh, Nightmare City, you have restored my faith in Italy. Actually, it’s an Italian/Spanish co-production, but whatever. This movie had its faults — a pretty bad script, craptacular zombie makeup, ridiculous ending — but wow, was it ever fun to watch. A plane comes down full of zombies, who run out, start shooting (yes, shooting — these are smart zombies!) and stabbing the living shit out of everyone in sight and head out to take over the city. Along the way, they eat (well, drink the blood of, technically) an aerobics/disco show, tear off a lot of chicks’ clothing (gratuitous nudity is a staple of these spaghetti dead flicks), crack open an elevator like a nut to get the tasty treats (i.e. people) inside, kill and get killed in some very entertaining and graphic ways. This is also one of the first movies (if not the first) with fast zombies, and one of the few with smart zombies — apart from being burnt-looking and lacking the ability to speak, they have pretty much the normal capabilities of their non-zombie victims. The last third drags a little bit and the ending is definitely lame, but this is still a really fun, if really stupid, zombie flick.

Next up, Lucio Fulci’s hallucinatory opus Zombie. Free public showing in Denver! Hopefully lots of people show up.

2 Responses to “ZMMM Dailies: 6/17/2009 – Nightmare City

  1. Jay Clarke says:

    Told ya! :P

    I’ve seen Zombie screened before, it’s a blast. Although our print was from a German film museum. The word “Dead” subtitled in Dutch is “Dood”. It didn’t take long for the crowd to catch onto that. Hilarity ensued.

  2. [...] over a city to drink the blood of its inhabitants. It’s ridiculous, but entertaining (read my initial reaction piece here). Director Umberto Lenzi insist they are not zombies. He also insists that this is a serious film [...]

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