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Rupert Everett (MY BEST FRIENDS 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
Stills from Cemetary Man (Click for larger image)
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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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The best character has to be his helper.
Lot's of zombie gore and unique ways of taking them out.
Most of the acting was okay- l would have loved to have had the sex scene's with that girl- would have had to wear some kind of restraint though so i didn't show my excitement(I am not gay!).
Most of the film done at night-the cinematography was wonderful- kept the lighting perfect so you could see almost everything-even the grave yard scenes- when it was dark.
Now, I should note that this is only a horror movie in the loosest sense. It qualifies as one mainly because it is so rooted in the form and conventions of the genre, even if it doesn't use these things in the conventional way i.e. in an attempt ot be frightening. Black comedy is perhaps a better description, filtered through a vaguely surrealist, contemporary and darkly fantastic universe. (I've heard this film compared to Terry Gilliam, not with out reason, and Tim Burton is another effective point of reference.) Still, on the other hand, it primarily takes place in a cemetery and involves a lot of zombies and exploding heads and whatnot, so it's pretty tough to deny it the horror label as well.
'Cemetery Man' is quite simply one of the most plotless films I've seen. It simply lurches forward from one scenario to the next with no apparent thru line whatsoever. The premise is like this: Francesco Dellamorte is the caretaker of the cemetery of Buffalora, a small, rural town presumably found in Italy. Oddly enough, corpses have begun to rise from their graves approximately one week after they die, though Francesco sees no particular reason to alert anyone to this problem. (He, correctly, notes that it's just easier for him to shot them himself.) The film basically follows his day to day life, as he deals with the epidemic and continually philosophizes while occasionally and spontaneously falling in love with women. People love to talk about Italian horror films having a `dream-logic', and they're usually full of crap. I've never bought that most of these films are generally self-consciously disjointed, it's just that they have priorities greater than making a coherent plot. This time, however, it is obvious that this was deliberately designed to be as wandering and inexplicable as it is. Still, the film is built from numerous intriguing scenes, so it works even if it doesn't add up to that much.
Anyway, this is a heavily character driven affair, and Rupert Everett's Francesco Dellamorte is wholly at the center of the film. The success of the movie is heavily reliant on the audience's ability to like him, or at least be interested in him. Fortunately, Francesco is a great character and Everett does a fine job with him, making him a strangely cynical romantic and delivering all his sharp one-liners with just the right attitude. (Now, a handful of these cracks are a bit too on the nose, I think, but they're quite clever in general.) Francesco's assistant, the monosyllabic Gnaghi, who functions more as a pet than as a person, also proves to be surprisingly endearing, probably even moreso than Francesco himself. Other than them we've got a few more amusing types, such as Francesco's one other friend, Franco, who seems normal, but perhaps isn't, the electioneering mayor of Buffalora and the clueless detective sent in to investigate the series of murders that occur later in the film. On the weaker side are the three women played by Anna Falchi, but that's to be expected as they serve a different function from most of the other characters, as they're all Francesco's ill-fated love interests. (Though, it must be noted that whoever it is that dubbed Falchi's voice isn't much of an actress. Also, Anna Falchi looks like a fish. This, arguably, doesn't matter, but I felt like mentioning it.)
Beyond the various oddball characters, 'Cemetery Man' is simply a visually splendid film. Soavi showed that he could shoot and stage scenes effectively in 'Stagefright' and (especially) 'The Church', but he really takes things to the next level here, with innumerable oddball shots and great, elaborate set design. The cemetery itself looks especially great, and it comes off as something of a parody of your traditional horror movie cemetery, as it is so exaggeratedly ominous and foggy. On the downside, the many zombies generally don't look so hot, and the gore fx is often surprisingly shoddy. Perhaps this is intentional, as the film is mainly just trying to be bizarre and surreal rather than frightening, but I still wish they looked better.
Despite the severe lack of a central plot, `Cemetery Man' actually manages to build somewhat, ending with some of the darker, more intriguing scenes, and finally concluding with the fairly baffling finale. The ending will probably irritate some, but I liked it.
It's hard to say who this movie will play to, but its got quite a cult-following by now. A taste for Italian horror is certainly a plus, but you'll also probably need to like some ultra-black comedy and self-consciously goofy, contemporary fantasy. If you like all that, I can't think of any reason why you wouldn't enjoy `Cemetery Man'
Based on an Italian comic book (which I have not had the pleasure of reading), "Cemetery Man" details the adventures of Francesco Dellamorte (a great understated performance by Rupert Everett) and his seemingly imbecile companion Nagi (Francois Hadji-Lazaro). Francesco is the caretaker at the Buffalora Cemetery, where the dead have the habit of crawling out of their graves seven days or so after burial. In an effort to avoid the hassles and paperwork that would result from notifying the authorities about what he calls "Returners", Francesco simply accepts the task of dispatching the dead (in traditional blow or shot to the head style) as part of his responsibility as caretaker. So things go until She (played by the delicious Anna Falchi) enters the graveyard, bringing love to the somber heart of our hero.
Director Michele Soavi has crafted a unique, multi-layered and visually stunning film with "Cemetery Man". At times an over the top slapstick zombie gore fest, the film never descends to the level of gore for gores sake gratuity. The Buffalora Cemetery, especially by night, is a thing of gothic beauty - a scene out of a dream or fairy tale. The themes of love, death and the search for meaning elevate "Cemetery Man" to a realm far beyond that of most, if not all, of it's kin in the zombie movie genre.
Highly recommended to those interested in unconventional horror films.
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Anybody who likes horror very much as i do, it's a must see for sure !