Throughout the 1990's, Michele Soavi kept the traditions of Italian horror alive. Starting as an actor in films like Aliens 2: On Earth, City of the Living Dead, Demons and New York Ripper, Soavi would also become an assistant director to greats such as Dario Argento (Tenebrae, Phenomena), Lamberto Bava (Blastfighter and the previously mentioned Demons) and Terry Gilliam (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and The Brothers Grimm). Finally, he'd graduate to creating his own films, including Stage Fright, The Sect and The Church.
Cemetery Man is based on Tiziano Sclavi's novel Dellamorte Dellamore (the best translation is "About Death, About Love"). Sclavi also created the comic book Dylan Dog, whose protagonist looks exactly like this film's star Rupert Everett (and which was also made into a 2011 film).
Francesco Dellamorte (Rupert Everett, My Best Friend's Wedding) takes care of the Buffalora cemetery. He lives in a shack, with death and his mentally challenged assistant Gnaghi his only friends. Quite frankly, his life sucks. Young punks in town tell everyone he's impotent. And his only hobbies are putting together a skull shaped puzzle and crossing out dead people's names in the telephone book.
That said, he has a hell of a job to do. The gates of the cemetery read "For those who will rise again," and after a week, the dead rises from their graves, ready to kill the living. Francesco must kill them when they rise, even if no one wants to hear what a problem he's facing. Again, the townspeople think he's a moron, the mayor doesn't care and, according to Franco, the town's book keeper, he'd have to do a ton of paperwork if he really wanted the help.
While watching a funeral, Dellamorte falls in love with a widow. He waits for her to visit the graveside of her dead husband, then takes her on a tour of the grounds. As they have sex on the graves, her dead spouse rises and fatally bites her. Or maybe it's a heart attack. Or maybe she isn't even dead. That said, seven days later, she also rises from the dead and Dellamorte must put her down as well.
Meanwhile, Gnaghi falls in love with the mayor's daughter, Valentina. Even when she's decapitated, he won't fall out of love, instead digging up her head and starting up a romance. And the widow rises again, leading Dellamorte to believe that he was the one who killed her, not her husband. This causes him to either go insane or to begin seeing the truth, as the Angel of Death appears to him, begging him to stop killing the dead and only kill the living.
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Comedy / Horror
Comedy / Horror
This movie is based on a novel of Tiziano Sclavi, and it always reflects the "sclavian philosophy" diffused by the most succesful comics in Italy: Dylan Dog, the detective of the nightmare. There is the duality between love and dead (in Italian "dellamore" means "of love" and "dellamorte" means "of death"), a duality that Dellamorte feels in a really hard way. He is the guardian of the cemetery of Buffalora, a little town in the north of Italy, in which, we don't know why, corpses rise from tombs and Dellamorte has to destroy them. Dellamorte seems not to ask to himself why this happen, he shoots and loves. But at the end he wants to leave Buffalora...
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