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After Death (Oltre la morte) (1989)

Unrated | | Action, Horror | 27 July 1990 (Italy)
A woman goes back to the island where her parents were killed. They had been working on a cure for cancer and accidentally raised the dead by angering a voodoo priest. With the woman is a ... See full summary »

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A woman goes back to the island where her parents were killed. They had been working on a cure for cancer and accidentally raised the dead by angering a voodoo priest. With the woman is a group of mercenaries and they meet up with some other researchers. They raise the dead again and all hell breaks loose. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca> [edited]

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Maurizio Cerantola (The Singer of the main theme song) later joined the Italian Led Zeppelin tribute band, Custard Pie as the lead singer from 1993 till 1997. Then in 2006, he started singing in an Italian Whitesnake tribute band called Cover-Dale. Two years later, the band split up. And nowadays he is singing in his new band Snake's Shadow, another Italian Tribute Rock band to Whitesnake. See more »

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When voodoo priest's possessed wife jumps out the crater, a rope is briefly but clearly seen lowering her to the ground. See more »

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Narrator: [first lines]
Narrator: There was once a group of men who believe they could solve the mystery of mysteries. There were scientists, experts in chemistry, biology and physics. Students of alchemy and of the arcane principals which governed the very equilibrium of our Universe. These men established a small research center on a remote tropical island. Where they proceeded with their humanitarian mission. A task linked to the fundamental principals of our very existence. Their aim was to conquer mankind's ...
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Living After Death
Music and Lyrics by Al Festa
Vocals by Maurizio Cerantola
Performed by Al Festa
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Vastly Under-appreciated Italian Zombie Film
25 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What do you get if you mix an island of scientists, a voodoo witch doctor, zombies... and then open the third door to Hell (apparently neglecting the fact that Fulci had already opened all seven doors)? Well, you get "After Death".

The first thing you'll notice about this film is the 80s metal soundtrack thrown together by Alberto Festa (including his song, repeated throughout the film, "Living After Death"). Not unlike other 80s Italian horror films, this seems to make sense even though it really doesn't.

The second thing you'll notice is that this film features gay porn star Jeff Stryker. (Unless, of course, you don't know gay porn stars... then you won't notice at all.)

This film is greatly under-appreciated by audiences, I fear. I loved it, and it seems that the hardcore fans of Italian horror do, too, despite the general agreement that this film fails. Jim Harper says the film features "fast-paced, sharply edited action scenes that rely heavily on excessive gore", and despite the fact "the story is patently absurd" the film is "gruesome enough to please gorehounds." Likewise, Jay Slater praises the film when he says the picture is "a blast of energy, rippling with violent action and awash with gore", an "energetic splatter picture in the spirit of Herschell Gordon Lewis" This is absolutely right. While trying to pass itself off as a sequel to "Dawn of the Dead", it has much more in common with Lamberto Bava's "Demons". The splatter effects and rock music make it perfect for this series.

Director Claudio Fragasso laments that the most intense gore had been stripped by the censors. He also insists that the "special effects were all made laboriously by hand", which I think pays off -- most of the zombies are remarkable. What gore was cut is unknown to me... it's already a fairly gory picture as is... to increase it would make this one for the record books.

If you only know Fragasso from the "best worst movie" "Troll 2" or don't know his work at all, this is a fine introduction. Taking the zombie jungle island formula many others have used and mixing it with the gore and colorful blood of Lamberto Bava, "After Death" is a film worth catching, and at least for me, owning.


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