Friday, April 23, 2010

Nightmare City (1980)

With the NFL Draft in full swing, it was time for a break in watching to find out what my favorite team did. With a few hours before bed last night, I watched the 1980 Italian zombie flick, Nightmare City (Incubo sulla città contaminata). Honestly, I forgot I had it in my collection as it was part of a set my daughters bought me for my birthday last year.

Plot/ In a nameless European city, a local reporter and his doctor wife try to escape from hordes of blood thirsty zombies, undead people exposed to nuclear radioactivity, while the military leaders fight a losing war of attrition against the relentless atomic zombies.

Wow, so nice to be back into my zombie comfort zone and Nightmare City is a great example of what makes Italian Zombie films awesome. This movie, while dealing with an interesting storyline, really remains a solid entry toward the end of that movie era. This film has a diverse combination of of special effects, gore, blood and scripting that is pulled together quite nicely in the end. More importantly, the ending does a great job at adding some lasting impressions in a very grindhouse/exploitation manner. Yes, the zombies are more of a hybrid type, than the traditional flesh eaters from the Romero tree that many of us love, but there is a quality in them that is outstanding. It may not be the perfect zombie film, but it is definitely worth a couple hours in an evening.

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  1. Love Nightmare City! Great dance scene, poop faced zombies, and the finale at the amusement park is great!

  2. But...was it a dream or a premonition? I've heard this film get trashed so many times before but I am a fan. I first saw it three years ago and have seen it at least 3-4 times.