8. City of the Living Dead

8. City of the Living Dead (1980). This is not a film for the faint of heart. It begins with a priest hanging himself in the haunted city of Dunwich, and only gets bleaker from there. Calling this a zombie movie—or simply a gross-out film—does its story and concept a disservice. Like Fulci’s other masterwork The Beyond, it’s a series of horrific set pieces filled with menacing, supernatural forces that have invaded our world and cannot be stopped. Its shock value is elevated by its soundtrack (the music by Fabio Frizzi is surreal; the zombie growling is terrifying) and cinematography, turning Dunwich into a surreal hell-on-earth that infects your imagination. Italian horror cinema doesn’t get any better than this. And in case you were wondering—yes, those are real maggots.

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