City of the Living Dead is a 1980 Italian film by Lucio Fulci.
The BBFC waived their cuts for the 18 rated 2001 Protected DVD and 2010 Arrow DVD/Blu-ray
A single cut of 1:01s was required for the 1981 cinema X certificate. The same cut cinema version was then released on video pre VRA in 1982 by Inter-Light. It missed hitting the video nasty headlines though.
When released after the VRA, 4 additional cuts totalling 1:29s were eventually inflicted by the BBFC to achieve an 18 video certificate. This version with a total of 2:21s missing was released by Network Distribution in 1986, Elephant in 1987 and Vipco in 1992
- All 53s of a girl vomiting up her intestines has been deleted
- 8s is deleted from Michele Soavi’s head being ripped off and his brains spilling out
- Sandra falls victim to a zombie who has a penchant for brains, but 10s of this is not shown
- Without her brains, Sandra (Janet Agren) attacks Peter (Christopher George) and takes his. 9s of cuts prevent us seeing the meal
The 1:01s cinema cut still applied
- The cut was applied to the infamous scene where John Morgan gets his head drilled.
Review from UK Amazon: One of Fulci’s Best
Written and directed by the Italian horror master Lucio Fulci. The film follows a young woman who has a vision foretelling the gates of hell opening under the New England town of Dunwich. She voices her concerns to a journalist and the pair set out together for the town, where a lot of strange things have been happening. They soon discover an army of zombies that have returned with a quest for revenge after being burned at the stake hundreds of years ago.
City Of The Living Dead has a great atmosphere present throughout the film, which when combined with the appropriate and effective sound track generates a feel that’s perfect for a horror. The effects and make-up used in the film are great and would still hold up today even after all this time. It’s obvious that a lot of imagination and creativity has been put in to the creation of the Zombies. There are a couple of great scenes in the film that will really make your stomach turn, and looking back it’s possible to tell that they may have inspired more modern film makers.
Naturally I could point out plenty of errors and mistakes, and the plot is a little thin. Certain things don’t make sense, certain things don’t add up, but in the end does any horror film make complete sense, but more to the point would you want it too. The acting leaves a lot to be desired, and the script is far from perfect, but the sheer atmosphere alone is enough to compensate. Dunwich really seems like a creepy town as opposed to a set.
But what counts the most in a film like this is the gore, and there is plenty of it here. If you’re looking for a brutal gore packed and entertaining horror film you’ve found it. City Of The Living Dead is a perfect example of what the horror genre is about.