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Nightmare City (Incubo sulla città contaminata)

by on Mar.21, 2010, under Daily Review

I was hoping this film would be better than I remembered it being, but alas all my fond memories, it seems are tainted in rose tint. Saying that, it’s not actually a bad film. It’s just a bit stale, a bit repetitive and flat. Umberto Lenzi (Cannibal Ferox & Eaten Alive) is by no means one of Italy’s greats, but his films are always solid and well focussed. This is what we have here. A coherent, solid zombie flick which flows and works as well as can be expected. The cast is decent, (Hugo Stiglits is a real presence of the screen) script is interesting (I believe there was much lost in the translation) and the style is quite good; the widescreen ratio really give the film some credence. Obviously, this was made in the zombie glory days, when everyone wanted to remake Dawn of the Dead, or at least complete for the next big thing. Lenzi takes a different approach here, which is unusual, especially for an Italian.

A plane lands, laden with crazy mud faced zombies with machine guns and knives. Massacre the airport staff, the police and army and somehow break into a TV studio with a dancing show, Legs n Co style. That’s the basics. These zombies are clever. They run, think, fight, cut phone lines and shoot guns. But at a basic level, when it comes to it, they still crave a nibble on the neck and the flow of gushing blood. For what it is, it’s pretty good, although with the huge twist at the end, I would still expect more from the rest. A slightly more visionary, artistic filmmaker could have turned this film on its head which really would have worked with the twist. The stuff in the theme park is great though and probably the highlight of the film, the use of a roller-coaster is brilliant.

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