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Cemetery Man (1994)
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- All-new Death is Beautiful featurette including interviews with star Anna Falchi. director Michele Soavi and more
- 8-page Collectors' Booklet
- Director bio
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Soavi, who got his start as an assistant director to Italian horror god Dario Argento, spent his time making obscure B-movies until he stumbled upon Dellamorte Dellamore (Of Love and Death, but released in America under the title Cemetery Man), Giovanni Rimoli (Trauma)'s adaptation of Tiziano Sclavi's novel of the same name (one of the highly-praised and popular Dylan Dog novels that have made Sclavi a household name in most countries that are not on this side of the Atlantic).
Set in Dylan Dog's hometown of Buffalore, Dellamorte Dellamore is the story of Francesco Dellamorte (Rupert Everett, who should need no introduction), the caretaker at a cemetery infected by a plague that causes the dead to come back to life seven days after being interred. Dellamorte (whose name translates as "St. Francis of the Dead") takes it all in stride, keeping around a variety of inventive weapons with which to re-dispatch the dead. After all, all that gravedigging means a lot of overtime pay, right? Dellamorte's sole companion in life is his sidekick, the seemingly mentally challenged Gnaghi (Francois Hadji-Lazaro, recently in Brotherhood of the Wolf, but probably best remembered for his unforgettable role in City of the Lost Children). Until, that is, he spies the most beautiful woman (Italian supermodel Anna Falchi) he's ever seen at a funeral. Immediately, you know you're not watching your everyday horror film; Dellamorte becomes a bumbling romantic-comedy film star around her. And yes, that's what you've got here--a romantic comedy. With zombies.
The comedy/horror blend works extremely well, and in the process doesn't keep the viewer from seeing that there's a lot more underneath the hood than the surface would convey.Read more ›
Cemetery Man (aka Dellamorte Dellamore) tells the tale of unlucky in life cemetery watchman Francesco Dellamorte. Watching over the Buffalora cemetery is no easy task, particularly when the dead come back to life after seven days. And these are no ordinary zombies folks. The "Returners" truly embrace that at one with the earth bit that you hear some people saying they wish to be when they die. Perhaps if they see this movie first, they'll think twice about that.
Poor Dellamorte can't seem to get along with anyone, not his mentally slow assistant, Gnaghi, not the beautiful "She", nor anyone in town. He even seems at odds with the old Grim Reaper himself.
The humor is decidely black and hilarious. Of the many times I've seen this movie since 1994, it gets funnier all the time. Rupert Everett is marvellous as Francesco, as is the teenage actress who portrays the Re-Animator-like zombie Valentina.
The FX are great, the zombies awesome. The plot chaotic and very fun. This has got to be the best horror film of its type this decade. A note: Some people may find the tone of the film a bit harsh toward women, (I don't. Particularly when compared to most Italian/Spanish zombie/horror films).
This should have ushered in a new era of zombie films, but sadly did not.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you want to watch something original with zombies, sex, violence with motorcycle ride zombies, blood scatter, head cut out and the head thing talking to human like the other... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Hee Chul Kwon
One of the best Horror movies ever made. I don't know why it isn't more popular. Sexy, provocative and great plot. Don't miss it!Published 4 months ago by Science Minded
I love this movie. It's so bizzare. The story is creepy, gross, and entertaining all at the same time. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bile
This film sounds very special and it is a rare gem to have.
Anybody who likes horror very much as i do, it's a must see for sure !
Hilarious and twisted take on the zombie genre. Perfect blend of horror with comedy, and even some existential crisis thrown into the mix.Published 8 months ago by Phil Davis
Interesting foreign film. Defiantly different and not what i was expecting. For you sci fy fans who like strange mixed with weird and comical then you will probably enjoy this... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Steven V.