Tom Savini to Remake Lenzi’s Nightmare City



“It’s gonna be a real bloodbath.” 

Here’s a sentence you may not have expected to hear/read: filmmaker and legendary SFX artist Tom Savini is planning to remake Umberto Lenzi’s gory, Italian contamination film, Nightmare City and he’s looking to raise $200,000 on Indiegogo to do it. Lenzi is set to produce/present, while celebrated cinematographer Dean Cundey (The Fog, Escape from New York) will shoot. Savini aims to direct and supervise the SFX, and announces such in an all too brief introduction to the campaign video, letting a teaser that ties the remake’s concept into the recent Ebola outbreak do the talking.

Savini & Co. write: NIGHTMARE CITY won’t be a simple horror movie or remake, it will be a thrilling movie with a social message, based on actual events and real threats and this will make this movie more intense and more terrifying. The movie will also be a tribute to the suspenseful horror classics of the 1970s and 1980s such as George Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and DAWN OF THE DEAD, Lucio Fulci’s ZOMBIE, or John Carpenter’s THE FOG and ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13.

After the outbreak of an unknown virus in the Caribbean the Miami Port Authority receives an SOS from an international aid ship returning from Haiti. TV reporter Dean Miller and his cameraman Charlie are sent to the port where rescue teams are awaiting the arriving ship. At first the ship appears to be deserted, but suddenly the rescue teams are attacked by dozens of deformed people. Infected by a new hybrid of two of the most deadly viruses of our time – Ebola and leprosy; their faces and bodies are covered with welts and sores and they are hungry for blood.

Dean and his colleague witness a brutal massacre and return to the TV station to inform the public about the horrifying events, but the government and military prohibit the broadcasting of the news in order to avoid a panic. With the public in the dark, the virus and the number of infected people start to spread over the city, while Dean, his wife Anna and a small group are trying to escape from the ‘City Of The Walking Dead’…

Of course, this won’t be Savini’s first zombie remake, having helmed fan favorite Night of the Living Dead in 1990. Find the campaign video and teaser, below. For much more, visit IndieGogo