An old Gothic cathedral, built over a mass grave, develops strange powers which trap a number of people inside with ghosts from a 12th Century massacre seeking to resurrect an ancient demon from the bowels of the Earth.
Feodor Chaliapin Jr.
After witnessing the murder of a famous psychic, a musician teams up with a feisty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen assailant bent on keeping a dark secret buried.
A spree of grisly murders is perpetrated in Frankfurt by a group of Satan worshippers. A school teacher almost runs over an old man with a box and takes him in. It's no accident that the ... See full summary »
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... Written by
Bruno Iannazzo <email@example.com>
one of best and most original horror films of the '90s
this movie is proof that the horror genre is far from dead (no pun intended.) this italian import (released in the u.s. as Cemetary Man) is energetic, scary, gory and well acted. it also possesses one of the most original screenplays i've ever seen in a horror film. the main plot element has Rupert Everett (who finds just the right note for the role) as Dellamorte Dellamore, a cemetary keeper who has to put up the dead coming back to life after 7 or so days. his helper is a mute named Nagi, who grunts to communicate, and bears and uncanny resemblance to curly from the three stooges.
italian horror movies are known for their visual lavishness. this one is no exception (the director is a protege of Dario Argento and worked as assistant director on some of his movies). what sets this one apart is that is actually has a solid script which is what a lot of italian horror movies seem to lack, but make up for that weakness in the visuals (like Suspiria or The Beyond.)
i was surprised at the extent and amount of gore in the movie. considering it's rated R and the MPAA is notoriously rough on horror films, i'm surprised it made it through relatively complete (a friend of mine said the original italian version is 5 minutes longer but that most of what was cut was explicit sex.) what hurts the movie is a repetitious and murky second half. it's interesting but just a bit too cerebral compared too the first half.
at a time when the horror genre is pretty stagnant, movies such as this one are a wake up call that horror is alive and well.
24 of 32 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?