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Overall Rating
3.74

Awesome: 26.09%
Worth A Look: 30.43%
Average34.78%
Pretty Bad: 8.7%
Total Crap: 0%

1 review, 17 user ratings


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Gates of Hell, The
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by Scott Weinberg

"Don't watch this movie while eating noodles or rice."
3 stars

Gore, worms, zombies, maggots, blood, guts and carnage from infamous Italian horror director Lucio Fulci. Let's get right down to it: This movie has some nasty fucking shit in it.

Some dog-faced priest decides to hang himself, thus opening the Gates of Hell. Or something like that. This one isn't a true 'Zombie' movie, since the only legitimate zombies show up in like the final ten minutes, and even then they're the kind of zombies who can turn themselves invisible at will. Please.

Christopher George is in this one. Chris died way back in 1983, and although it's clearly reported that he died of a heart attack, I propose that he died solely because of his resume. This guy was Mr. Bottom of the Barrel, people! Grizzly, Graduation Day, The Gates of Hell, Pieces, Mortuary, The Exterminator, Enter the Ninja, Day of the Animals! Jesus, this guy makes George Kennedy look like Ned Beatty!

Anyway, he's dead, so enough about him. This nasty bitch of a movie has a few of those 'fabled' scenes that all the kids used to talk about during recess right before they'd kick my ass with a Schwinn Air Pump. By the way, you might know this movie as City of the Living Dead, which is the title it was recently released on DVD under. By any name, this is one gruesome affair.

Let's break it on down.

-One girl is suffocated to death with a lump of worm-infested dirt.

-This other girl is buried alive. Well, she's buried alive until she screams and our moronic hero tries to rescue her by nailing the coffin repeatedly with a pick-axe!

-Three separate people get their heads torn open from behind, and all the wet brain parts just fall out all over the place.

-One pervert gets a power drill straight through his skull until it comes out the other side and he screams like a bitch the whole time!

-Four people are sitting in a room talking, when all of a sudden the window flies open and millions and millions of squirming, writhing maggots get blown into the room via some souped-up air gun. I don't know what these actors got paid for this movie, but I'd definitely consider putting a 'maggot clause' in my contract next time around.

-In the movie's most infamous scene, this one girl starts bleeding from the eyes and then proceeds to vomit up all of her internal organs in the wettest and nastiest 'intestinal-vomit' scene ever put on film. And yes, that includes Patch Adams.

Well, there you have it. If you found yourself enjoying the descriptions of this carnage, by all means get up now and beg your Mom for the car keys. This movie is all you.

As a "Movie" movie, it is of course an absolutely abysmal film. As an example of the whole "Really Wet Italian Horror" phylum of the Zombie sub-genre of horror land, it's not half bad. Yeah, it gets kinda talky at times and the dialogue sounds like it was written by two infants on crack, but it delivers the nasty bloody goods, and that's all you freaky horror fans really want, right? Let's hear it for horror movies; They're the only socially acceptable way to admit that you're a lunatic.

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User Comments

5/09/17 Mark Louis Baumgart One sick, gory, atmospheric, illogical, Italian horror trash. Unforgetable. 4 stars
10/02/07 mr. mike a treat for fans of gore , Fulci and Chris George 4 stars
5/01/06 DJPOCKETS Once you see it, you'll never forget it 5 stars
10/25/05 chris an exellent movie very gory and sick worth watching 5 stars
6/07/04 Ryan Clark While not up to par with Zombi 2, Fulci's next outing is atmospheric and creepy. 5 stars
5/11/04 Greg Diablo Saw this in the mid80's as Gates Of Hell. Maggot scene sticks with me still! 4 stars
2/10/04 ssnapier saw it back in 1988....I thought is was cool, made my friend throw up her pizza! 4 stars
7/31/03 punani it an average film 3 stars
5/13/03 Tina I watched this Movie a long time ago andd owned it myself until someone stoled it from me, 5 stars
3/29/03 Charles Tatum Poor Christopher George 3 stars
3/05/03 K. B Very Nasty. It almost made my younger bro throw up. 4 stars
11/30/01 Rutt13 really gory, senseless, goofy, bad, but I've watched it 666 times... 2 stars
9/07/01 darrin perrone creepy shit,still has the power to drill a shiver down your spine 5 stars
8/07/01 palaboy the drill scene!!! 4 stars
7/19/01 Ted Villavicencio truly a movie not for the weak-hearted 4 stars
6/26/01 Lars Pettersson This is truly a bad movie. From a director who cannot direct. But hey, it's fun !!! 2 stars
9/25/00 Brian Friedman Finaly saw this movie and the it was the best thing some lunatic ever thought up 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  03-May-1983 (NR)
  DVD: 23-May-2000

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  02-Mar-1981

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