Thursday, October 15, 2015

Ranking The Gates Of Hell Trilogy

The Gates of Hell trilogy is an interesting little nugget.  This truly is one in theme and feel as the movies, while not directly connected, feel related to one another.  Some of that is in the thematics, but I'm sure a lot has to do with Lucio Fulci as well.  its interesting as these just started basically with Fulci wanting to continue exploring an idea with a film he just finished.  I do wonder if this was always meant to stop at three movies, or did he just never get the opportunity to return to this well.  He did return to do Zombi 3/Zombie Flesh Eaters 2, even if he wound up not finishing the film.  I do like the Gates of Hell Trilogy and it comes in the middle of the heart of Fulci's best work.  Aside from this Trilogy, his quality straight horror and non-giallo work would probably only latch Zombi 2/Zombie/Zombie Flesh Eaters, New York Ripper and Cat in the Brain to the list.  Yeah, Zombi 3/Zombie Flesh Eaters 2 is a hoot, but I'm not going to call it anything great.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Gates Of Hell: The House By The Cemetery (1981)

The House By The Cemetery
Director: Lucio Fulci
Starring: Catriona MacColl, Paolo Maclo, Ania Pieroni, Silvia Collatina, Dagmar Lassander, Giovanni De Nava
Rating: Unrated

Mae, time to go home and remember your manners. Now that Bob is staying with us, be sure to treat him like a Freudstein. For other guests are surely destined to drop in.
                   ~Mary Freudstein

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Gates Of Hell: The Beyond (1981)

The Beyond
Director: Lucio Fulci
Starring: Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzea Monreale, Giovanni De Nava
Rating:  X

Woe be unto him who opens one of the seven gateways to Hell, because through that gateway, evil will invade the world.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Gates Of Hell: City of the Living Dead (1980)

City of the Living Dead*
Director: Lucio Fulci
Starring: Catriona MacColl, Christopher George, Carlo de Mejo, Janet Agren, Antonella Interlenghi
Rating: Unrated

It's her... Mrs. Holden. This morning she was inside a coffin at the funeral home, and now she's here in my kitchen!

                   ~Mary Woodhouse