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Cemetery Man (1994)

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Rupert Everett (MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING) stars as Francesco Dellamorte, a cemetery watchman whose job is to slaughter the living dead when they rise hungry from their graves. But following a tragic tryst with a lusty young widow (stunning Anna Falchi in one of three sexy roles), Francisco begins to ponder the mysteries of existence. Is there long-term satisfaction in blasting the skulls of ‘returners’? Will his imbecile assistant find happiness with the partial girl-corpse of his dreams? And if death is the ultimate act of love, can a psychotic killing spree send Dellamorte to the brink of enlightenment? Italian horror master Michele Soavi (STAGE FRIGHT) directed this brilliantly bloody black comedy — also known as DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE — that Gore Score calls "a deliciously demented, delightfully surreal stew of sex, death, splatter, male-bonding, barfing, zombies and nothing less than the Ultimate Meaning of Life!"

If you think you hate your job, think again. Francesco Dellamorte (Rupert Everett), the titular Cemetery Man, lives a lonely life with a dead-end career. He works and resides in a cemetery that holds a dark, hidden secret. You see, those who are buried in Dellamorte's cemetery have the tendency to rise from the dead. Francesco's job is to make sure the dead remain dead. When they rise, he must hunt them down and ensure they get their eternal rest. Since his strange career takes up most of his time, there is no room in his life for romance or friendship. His sole companion is his mute, Igor-like assistant Gnaghi (François Hadji-Lazaro). Not surprisingly, Francesco has grown weary of the dull drum and repetitive routine his job and life have become. It is not until he meets the girl of his dreams (Anna Falchi), who happens to be a widow attending her husband's funeral, that Francesco realizes that there may be more to life than this. Sound a bit odd? Well, it is. But fans of the zombie and the "twentysomething disgruntled worker" genres will feel right at home with this Michele Soavi cult favorite. At its center, Cemetery Man is a black comedy/existential mediation on loneliness and career disappointment. But where Fight Club is entrenched in an action/buddy-flick setting and Office Space is a strict black comedy, Cemetery Man is staged deep in the Italian zombie genre, giving it extra points for originality. --Rob Bracco

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Special Features

  • All-new Death is Beautiful featurette including interviews with star Anna Falchi. director Michele Soavi and more
  • 8-page Collectors' Booklet
  • Trailer
  • Director bio

Product Details

  • Actors: Rupert Everett, François Hadji-Lazaro, Anna Falchi, Mickey Knox, Fabiana Formica
  • Directors: Michele Soavi
  • Writers: Gianni Romoli, Tiziano Sclavi
  • Producers: Michele Soavi, Conchita Airoldi, Dino Di Dionisio, Gianni Romoli, Heinz Bibo
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F3UA8E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,750 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cemetery Man (1994)" on IMDb

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By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 28, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Dellamorte Dellamore (Michele Soavi, 1994)
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.
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If you're looking for geniuninely funny, creepy and beautiful horror film look no further.
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.
Don't miss this...
and remember No Deposit, No Returner!
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Format: Blu-ray
There is now both a German and Italian blu-ray release of this highly-humorous, mean-spirited zombie movie, and they far surpass all previous dvd releases. If you are all-region capable, the Italian, Cecchi-Gori version is the best. It features the correct anamorphic 1:66 to 1 ratio, superior picture clarity and detail, and an English dub in matrixed stereo. (There are extra features, but they are Italian-only.) There is a German, region-B blu-ray edition, which features the wildly phantasmagorical artwork of the Japanese laserdisc; but the English-language track is in mono and the image is slightly cropped to 1:78 to 1. The Italian edition also has more-pleasing, warmer color timing than the German release, and is the far superior presentation.
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Here's another one of those films which doesn't get the notice it deserves. I have only seen the Dellamorte Dellamore uncut version so I can only comment on what I've seen. This film is one of my favorite horror films. It has so much to offer and it is offered with quite a bit of style. Not to mention Anna Falchi is in the film. She is a beautiful Italian model who, by the way, acts much better than most of her American counterparts. There is almost a romantic feel to this film. I hate to use the word romantic at all, but since this is a horror/zombie flick I guess I can. This cemetary seems to exist on a plane level with the Twilight Zone. It is a very strange cemetary where the dead come back to life and are again put back to rest by the "Cemetary Man". He longs for a better life, but accepts his condition until one day... I recommend this film to those of you who like dark comedy, horror, romance etc...I personally hate romance movies, but it worked well in this film...Frightening!
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Some say that goths have no sense of humor...this is not so if you loved Cemetery Man (Delamorte, Delamore) the way I do. It is a predominantly light hearted story of a cemetery watchman (played by then unknown Brit actor Rupert Everett...and the movie in which I first noticed him) and his slow but sweet assistant Gnagi who must fight the undead who seem to pop up in greater frequency every night in the Buffalora cemetery. In it Gnagi falls for the mayors daughter, Everett's character Delamorte tries to get the town doctor to chop off his...problem, Delamorte falls in love with three women who look identical, becomes the chief suspect in a murder case (a murder he committed), and realizes that no matter what he does, his life is almost completely futile. This movie obviously has darker elements in it and a definite overall existential theme. But it always remembers not to take it self TOO seriously. The cemetery is one of the most beautiful in all of history (for those of us who love cemeteries) and the filming of this movie is incredible. Enjoy this movie, because there is no movie even remotely like it...and probably never will be. "Without beginning, without end, evermore. Amen."
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