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.
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The ossuary (a crypt for bones) that was used in the film was quite real. Supposedly one of the crew members removed some of the bones from the ossuary during filming, but quickly replaced them the next day claiming to have encountered an angry ghost following the removal of the bones. See more »
The bandage on Dellamorte's shoulder covering his bite wound is visible in some shots and missing in others. See more »
I'm the watchman of the Buffalora Cemetery. I don't know how the epidemic started. All I know is that some people, on the seventh night after their death, come back to life. I call them Returners, but frankly I can't understand why they're so anxious to return. The only way to get rid of them once and for all is to split their heads open. A spade'll do it, but a dum-dum bullet is best. Is this the beginning of an invasion? Does it happen in all cemeteries? Or is Buffalora just an ...
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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.
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