The Gates of Hell Review
by: Psychic Kimberly
Of course I'm not psychic, but I will be one on the show. I was told I needed to pull my weight and start reviewing some films, so here we go (btw:I'm the non-bloody one in the picture)
In the summer of 1980, Italian horror film director Lucio Fulci, known as the “godfather of gore”, released in my opinion, one of his best films, “The Gates of Hell”, aka “City of the Living Dead”. This film was the first in the “Gates of Hell” trilogy and really kicks the Horror into overdrive, almost instantly, between brain ripping action to the elegantly shot scenery, Fulci covers every base with this zombie masterpiece.
In “The Gates of Hell”, Fulci’s approach to opening the gates of hell was pretty unique in the fact that it seemed almost too easy. You can’t help but wonder if it’s actually, if so, has it been done before? Nah, probably not, but imagine the world in the midst of the Zombie Apocalypse, it’s a vision of hope, despair and tragedy. For some, it would become a living Hell, for others, a dream come true.
I think that Fulci portrays the word hell in a different way than most would. Hell in this movie consisted of fleshing eating zombies with super powers. Yes it’s true, super power like abilities; theses Fulci zombies had super strength, teleportation, and levitation…who doesn’t wanna be a Fulci Zombie? Seeing Fulci’s interpretation of Zombies is different and surreal considering the time and era.
After Father William Thomas hangs himself, the Gates of Hell swing open, now it’s a matter of time to close the Gate before All Saints Day. This is a recipe for disaster and let the Zombies hit the floor, as Hell really breaks loose.
Fantastic gore, a decent story and some good ole’ underground dwellings make this a classic Fulci’s Bloodfest, a must see.