City of the Living Dead

For April we’re examining the work of the notorious Italian director Lucio Fulci. Fulci had a career that spanned five decades, wherein he tackled disparate genres—comedy, Spaghetti Westerns, musicals, erotic thrillers—but he remains best remembered for his horror films and gialli. His are not just any genre entries, but some of the most shockingly gory to ever induce a seasoned horror fan to wince at the mayhem. A cited influence on filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth, Fulci’s fanbase has only grown as horror fans have spent decades proselytizing his body of work.

April Fulcis is sponsored in kind by Messed Up Puzzles and Left Bank Books. All who register and attend an event will be entered to win a registration prize: we have two Fulci puzzles in the Messed Up Puzzles line and one copy of Kea Wilson’s novel We Eat Our Own from Left Bank Books to give away. You’re entered once for each night you attend, so any one person can be entered up to five times if they attend all five April Fulcis events. (Current Webster University faculty and staff are not eligible to win. Prizes will not be shipped outside of the United States.

Each film is available to watch on streaming services or VOD. Watch each film ahead of time and then join us every Thursday evening for an in-depth discussion.  On Thursday, April 8th, at 7pm, Aaron Christensen, Rondo Award-winning genre film journalist, editor of two bestselling guidebooks, and the main brain behind HORROR 101 with Dr. AC, will discuss:

 

City of the Living Dead

(Lucio Fulci, 1980, Italy, 93 minutes)

The first film of the Gates of Hell trilogy, City of the Living Dead opens with a priest committing suicide in a cemetery. This sacrilegious act results in the Gates of Hell being opened, at which point the plot hinges on whether a reporter and a psychic can get them closed before the dead rise on All Saints Day, just three days away. On the way to achieving this goal, our heroes encounter all manner of horrors, brandished by the film in creative and disturbing ways—power drills, maggots, intestines, you name it.

Thursday, April 8 at 7:00pm

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