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Discussion in 'Site Polls' started by rhett, Feb 20, 2008.
I agree, although City of the Living Dead is closer to it's original title.
I like City of the Living Dead as the title.... maybe Gates of Hell as the name for the twin pack with The Beyond.....
The Beyond, Zombie and House by the Cemetery are all great. Manhattan Baby stinks!
That's certainly a less comical impression than I get from that scene, which I refer to as the "Killer Milkshake". And with that name, I know the next time I watch The Beyond, I'll be yelling "I drink your milkshake!" when that scene comes on. Which is only gonna make it even less serious...
It's tough cause they're all almost on the same level for me but I went with the first Fulci movie I ever saw: New York Ripper.
City of the Living Dead has more recently grown on me. I think it has the most oppressively haunting atmosphere of Fulci's films from this era, not to mention the star presence of Christopher George. The coffin and pickaxe scene in the cemetery with George and Catriona MacColl is my favorite moment. I bought the soundtrack last year and have been spinning it pretty regularly. The Beyond followed by Zombie would be my next choices.
although 'the beyond' and 'city' are my favorites, i went with 'house by the cemetery' for two reasons: the noise that freudstein (ha!) makes in the basement is the scariest thing i have ever heard, and i think when the first kill is dragged away the blood streak is perfect... could have used a maggot storm though... also, bob owns.
There were lots of yawns in the theater that lazy afternoon I first saw it. After a promising beginning, even I was feeling a tad let down...until that sequence in the burial ground picked things up.
I still felt like I was seeing something forbidden. :evil:
I need to see Zombie again. For some reason, I only tend to put it in when I'm shitfaced, so I usually pass out or fall asleep not long after they get to Matool. I'm totally familiar with the New York harbor and boat scenes, having seen it so many times...but I'm foggy on a lot of the island stuff...
I always have had a soft spot for House by the Cemetery.
Although I do enjoy Zombi and The Beyond equally as much.
Yeah, that's different. Actually I don't find the scene remotely comical, it's rather poignant and represents one of the legitmate "horrors" in the film. It's a true work of genius in my books, and packs quite the punch....
You know, I'm not a big fan of House by the Cemetary. It's not grown on me over the years either. It's so dour, and not at all scary. The soundtrack is good, but the film itself is a minor effort really. The story is poor, and the gravestone in the dining room is just plain hilarious....
I saw ZOMBIE first, and it's left the longest impression on me, so that's my pick. It just barely edges out CITY and THE BEYOND.
I don't have much enthusiasm for HOUSE either. And NEW YORK RIPPER is just not my style of horror, so I've never been crazy about it. Haven't seen THE BLACK CAT or MANHATTAN BABY.
I never really understood what was going on in the 'Killer Milkshake' scene. The mother just screams and when the girl goes into the morgue, she's lying down and a random vat of acid falls on her face. WTF?!
The Beyond is one big WTF?! Narrative logic is not something the film addressed. If you cling onto logic, you're not going to have a good time. Forget the need to understand what's going on in some linear narrative sense, and just let the images flow. Might help.
New York Ripper. One of my favorite giallos and the sleaziest Fulci I've seen. Love that pic.
Sorry man, I just can't entry into that state of mind:lol:
Zombie and City pretty much rule. The Beyond is so accurately titled its not even funny. Its past the 1982 mark but I really enjoyed Demonia despite the negative press.
Fair enough mate, we all have different viewpoints. It's a pity people can't stop laughing at The Beyond, and see beyond (!) it's obvious deficiencies. It's a terrific little horror film, but it has that edge only the Italians were able to muster. It's dream logic (a phrase used to explain that it's logic is a lack of logic) is a wonderful ride for me. Fulci is going all out, the writers are pushing the envelope, and the ambiance of the film is far better than the likes of City of the Living Dead, which is basically just another zombie flick with no ending. But yeah, we all like different things. I hold The Beyond dear, we're lucky to have any of them in decent versions really.
If you re-read my post, there's an inside joke to The Beyond in it....