The jury is still out for me on Lucio Fulci. City of the Living Dead, aka The Gates of Hell, is only the second Fulci film I have seen, the first being Zombi 2. I am not a gore hound, and Fulci's films are very, very gory (I have opted not to post a pic of the vomiting entrails scene from this film, but here is a picture of what you look like BEFORE you upchuck your guts.)
Actress Daniela Doria apparently really spewed sheep's guts out of her mouth for this scene. I hope she was paid.
Another problem I have with Fulci is that his films don't always make much sense. The ending of this film in particular had me crying blood. The whole premise of this film, that a priest who commits suicide in a cemetery can open the Gates of Hell and raise the dead who can hypnotize you into throwing up your stomach is pretty silly. But really, what horror film isn't just a bit silly? I think this is part of Fulci's charm and why I will see The Beyond and The House by the Cemetery. So what that I have to cover my eyes throughout most of the film lest I see yet another person get their face ripped off? So what that the plot makes you feel like you are having a fever dream? His films look great, have great music, pretty people (getting their faces ripped off) and are more funny than scary. Sign me up-- but not all at once. My mind is disturbed enough already.