SADLY, ONCE AGAIN DURING THE HALLOWEEN SEASON WE'VE LOST SOMEONE WITH STRONG TIES TO THE HORROR GENRE: DIRECTOR UMBERTO LENZI. Maestro of any and all exploitation genres which happened to be selling at the moment, Umberto Lenzi helmed Italian films ranging from peplum to western, from giallo to cops 'n' robbers . . . and yes, some incredibly influential horror movies as well. Probably best known for those infamous cannibal films which made it onto the Video Nasties list: CANNIBAL FEROX, MAN FROM DEEP RIVER and EATEN ALIVE (a genre which, by the way, he hated), Lenzi also directed the bonkers zombie plague film NIGHTMARE CITY a.k.a. CITY OF THE WALKING DEAD which drew heavily on the zombie films of George A. Romero and Lucio Fulci. The film starts out at lightning pace as a plane loaded with zombies touches down at the airport and scads of flesh-eating maniacs pour out of the plane and munch on the assembled crowd! Another favourite is GHOSTHOUSE which is a combination "homage" to fellow Italian filmmaker Lucio Fulci's "Gates of Hell" trilogy as well and POLTERGEIST.