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Cemetery Man (1994)

Dellamorte Dellamore (original title)
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A cemetery man must kill the dead a second time when they become zombies.

Director:

Michele Soavi

Writers:

Tiziano Sclavi (novel), Gianni Romoli (screenplay) (as Giovanni Romoli)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Everett ... Francesco Dellamorte
François Hadji-Lazaro ... Gnaghi
Anna Falchi ... She
Mickey Knox ... Marshall Straniero
Fabiana Formica ... Valentina Scanarotti
Clive Riche ... Doctor Verseci
Katja Anton Katja Anton ... Claudio's Girlfriend
Barbara Cupisti ... Magda
Anton Alexander ... Franco
Pietro Genuardi Pietro Genuardi ... New Mayor Civardi
Patrizia Punzo Patrizia Punzo ... Claudio's Mother
Stefano Masciarelli Stefano Masciarelli ... Mayor Scanarotti
Vito Passeri Vito Passeri ... 1st Returner
Alessandro Zamattio Alessandro Zamattio ... Claudio
Renato Donis Renato Donis ... She's Husband
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Storyline

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 <iannazzo@cibs.sns.it>

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Zombies, guns, and sex, OH MY!!!

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for macabre violence and gore, strong sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | France | Germany

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

26 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cemetery Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Arsoli, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,459, 28 April 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$253,969
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to Director Michele Soavi, The "returners" get their energy from the Mandragola roots in the cemetery. See more »

Goofs

When the "fly" lands on the dead girl's face, the fishing line attached to it is visible. See more »

Quotes

Francesco Dellamorte: Thief.
[chortles]
Francesco Dellamorte: You're a thief. You may have killed your wife and daughter. OK, I'll give you that. But it was me who knocked off the three girls. What are you doing stealing my murders? What kind of fucking friend do you think you are? I suppose you thought you were doing me a favor...
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Finally, a QUALITY horror film
14 April 2002 | by Eric-1226See all my reviews

I scoured the shelves of my local video store, looking and looking for something in the horror section that might actually fall under the category of "quality horror movie." Well, this movie - out of an offering of what seemed like hundreds - is the only one that seemed to stick out and grab me, so I rented it. And I'm glad I did, I was NOT disappointed.

This movie possesses all those "pluses" that I like in those movies that I give high marks to. Namely, it is absorbing, thick with atmosphere, adroitly filmed, has great location scenery and expertly designed sets, and has compelling, believable characters who actually make you care about their individual fates as the movie unfolds. Yes, this movie has all that, and it is hard to believe that I found all this in a (gasp!) Italian zombie flick.

But it's true, and as you can see from previous comments herein, most other people commenting on this film were also quite impressed with the film.

I also like the ending... I will be the first to admit that the ending is as enigmatic and puzzling as many other segments of the film. Perhaps that's why I like the ending: it's not a slick, hokey happy-ending sort of finish. And by the way, has anybody else noticed that the ending is a clever variation of the proverbial "cliff hanger" ending??

Anyway, I heartily recommend this movie to anyone who is a horror-zombie-gore-fantasy film lover who wants some quality goods. There is gore aplenty, though I never found it to be disgusting or disturbing. Plus, there are some beguiling and wonderfully sexy scenes featuring that most beautiful model/actress from Finland, Anna Falchi. Rupert Everett is captivating as the title character, and the guy who plays his half-wit assistant Gnaghi is wonderfully expressive - it's hard to believe he barely utters a complete sentence the entire film.

Oh, and one more thing... after seeing this film, should the need ever arise, you should be utterly inspired to go out and plug rampaging zombies squarely in the head with dum-dum bullets.


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