'''''La cité de la peur''''' ("The City of Fear") is a 1994 movie written by and starring the French comedy Group ''Les Nuls,'' and directed by Alain Berberian. Heavily inspired in tone by the ZAZ movies, it is considered to be one of the few examples of a successful attempt to transpose a television comedy group to the big screen.

The plot is as follows : Odile Deray, a publicist, has trouble promoting an [[StylisticSuck atrociously bad horror movie,]] ''[[RedScare Red is Dead]]'', about a Communist-themed serial killer. But just as the Cannes Film Festival starts, the projectionists of the movie get killed one by one by what seems to be a copycat of the movie's killer. Jumping on the occasion, she decides to use this unwanted publicity for building up the hype around the movie. As such, she gets the main actor of the movie, Simon Jérémi, to come to the festival, and hires a bodyguard, Serge Karamazov, to look after the two of them. Meanwhile, detective Patrick Biallès tries to resolve the murders, and additionally starts a relationship with Odile. [[HilarityEnsues Cue completely surreal scenes and parodies for 90 minutes]].

The movie has quite a fanbase, and is often seen as one of the funniest French comedies made -- not that there were many competitors during the 90's if you except ''Le Diner de Cons'' a.k.a. ''Film/DinnerForSchmucks'' a few years later.

!!Contains examples of :

* AskAStupidQuestion
-->'''Serge''': ''(after watching all the luminous neons and signposts with the mention 'Odile Deray' directed at Odile)'' Are you Odile Deray ?
-->'''Odile''': No, I'm the Pope and I'm waiting for my sister.
* BondOneLiner: Parodied in ''Red is Dead''.
-->'''Simon''': Die, communist scum !
* CatScare: The banana. To elaborate:[[spoiler: at some point Emile is told he could be shot by an isolated sniper, but "that would be really unlucky". A few seconds later, a passerby reaches for something in his vest while looking at him... and produces a banana]].
* CreditsGag: The movie credits Bruce Wayne as Franchise/{{Batman}}, Tullavu as Kim Onku ("Have you seen it ? What ? My ass !"), [[ComicBook/GastonLagaffe Gaston]] as the gaffer, or Çaenfait played by Dumondehein ("there are a lot of people, aren't there ?"). There's also a line about the number of sugar lumps put by one of the actresses in her teacup and how people should watch the movie again just to count them.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler: Simon: "Did I mention I'm a projectionist? Incidentally, he's the first projectionist to survive the murderer.]]
* DirtyCommunists: ''Red is Dead'''s killer.
* TheDitz: Simon Jérémi, oh. so much. We're introduced to him by way of his being attended by a hostess just like a child who'd have to take a plane alone, and as he's asked if he has luggage, he immediately answers that if he's been told to come, nobody told him to take some luggage with him...
* DontExplainTheJoke
--> '''Serge''': I'm Serge Karamazov. Not related, I'm an only child.
* DoubleEntendre: Invoked.
-->'''Biallès''': Do you want a whiskey ?
-->'''Odile''': Just a finger. (IOW: just a little bit)
-->'''Biallès''': Are you sure you don't want a whiskey first ?
* {{Foreshadowing}}: "Hey, look ! The killer has cut his finger !"
** [[spoiler: "I'm gonna die in two minutes!"]]
* GratuitousEnglish: More like a case of Gratuitous English ''Accent'', but still:
-->'''Serge''': I think we're dealing with a ''serial killer''. (American accent, dramatic music)
-->'''Odile''': A what ?
-->'''Serge''': A ''serial killer''. (same accent, same dramatic music)
-->'''Odile''': A what ?
-->'''Serge''': *sighs* A sérial killeur (drops the accent)
-->'''Odile''': Aaaaaah, a ''serial killer''. (American accent, dramatic music)
* HandsomeLech: Serge claims to have had sex with every single person he had to protect. Including Prince Charles.
* HurricaneOfPuns
* IndecisiveParody: A borderline example: the movie starts with the end of ''Red is Dead'', [[ShowWithinAShow the horror movie Odile is supposed to advertise]]. It is supposed to be extremely bad, but it is already filled with the kind of jokes we'll find all throughout the rest of the movie, so the viewers don't really know if they're watching a bad horror movie, a parody of bad horror movies, or a bad parody of bad horror movies. [[TropesAreNotBad Doesn't stop the segment from being funny as hell, though]].
* MundaneMadeAwesome: In one scene, Serge runs after the killer. It's treated like a car chase scene, complete with [[StockSoundEffects engine sound effects, tires screeching]] [[StuffBlowingUp and a passerby exploding after being shoved away by Serge]].
* RunningGag: Simon vomiting every time he's happy, Emile's bad breath ("take a piece of gum, Emile...") and inability to deliver the saying about how you can fool one man one time, but not one thousand men one time... No, wait... One thousand men one thousand times, but not one man one thousand times... Ah, screw this...
* ShoutOut: To ''{{Terminator}}'' ("Sarah Connor ?" "It's next door"), ''BasicInstinct'', and to several advertising campaigns of the time.
* ShowWithinAShow: The ''Red is Dead'' movie.
** The whole movie is actually this, thanks to the "making our own sound effects because lack of budget" scene.
* StylisticSuck: "Because of budgetary restriction, the next scene will be entirely soundtracked by mouth." HilarityEnsues, particularly because [[BadBadActing the "comedians" aren't very good at it]].
* VisualPun: a lot. One particular example is a cop who's warning detective Biallès that "it's a real butcher's shop in here" (meaning that the crime scene is really bloody), only to open up a door to an actual butcher's shop.
* WeaponOfChoice: The killer's hammer and sickle.
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