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Cemetery Man

Cult Movies movie directed by Michele Soavi

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Is it a thought provoking zombie film?.......... yes

  • Nov 9, 2007
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This movie is sort of out there and you won't even be able to comprehend it at any levels for quite a while. I'm not saying that this isn't a good movie but boy, you don't know exactly what you are getting yourself into once you see this. This highly entertaining little zombie movie from Italy has all the elements that make it a wonderfully dark horror-comedy in the same vein as Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn and An American Werewolf in London.
In Michele Soavi's confusing art-house zombie film, Dellamorte Dellamore, Rupert Everett plays Francesco, a caretaker in a cemetery where the dead don't stay buried for long. Aided by his simple assistant, Gnaghi, Francesco deals with the cemetery's zombie problem by either shooting the undead in the head or splitting their skulls with a spade. However, soon after falling for the mysterious beautiful widow of one of his recently interred, Francesco finds himself busier than ever before...

I probably shouldn't categorize it as just a "zombie movie" because it contains friendship, love and one man's struggle to escape his destiny. It 's not just another empty hack & slash movie with no heart. No, there's clever dialogue and good performances here. For example, the relationship between Dellamorte and his faithful assistant Naghi is both touching and quite funny.

Visually, the film is outstanding. The moody, surreal gothic sets really enhance the fright factor of the movie. There is also some neat camera work that invokes a few "WOW's." There are however a few scenes that are hard to watch that, ironically, don't even involve the zombies (ex: Naghi throwing up on the Mayor's daughter). Overall though, this movie is FUN! I mean, really: the subject matter is about a cemetery caretaker killing zombies - is this something we encounter in our daily lives? Probably not. So why not make it stylish and funny and something our brains can appreciate - even in its absurdity.

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review by . August 19, 2007
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This has got everything you want from a zombie flick and more -- it looks great, it's very funny, a little bit sexy, and over the top insane. A man with few prospects in life and little hope takes a job at a cemetery where the dead come back to life. His job is to make sure they stay buried, and he's good at it until he falls in love with the beautiful widow of his latest patron, and his Igor-like assistant falls in love with the dead daughter of the town mayor. Then mayhem and absurdity run wild …
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If you think you hate your job, think again. Francesco Dellamorte (Rupert Everett), the titular Cemetery Man, lives a lonely life with a dead-end career. He works and resides in a cemetery that holds a dark, hidden secret. You see, those who are buried in Dellamorte's cemetery have the tendency to rise from the dead. Francesco's job is to make sure the dead remain dead. When they rise, he must hunt them down and ensure they get their eternal rest. Since his strange career takes up most of his time, there is no room in his life for romance or friendship. His sole companion is his mute, Igor-like assistant Gnaghi (François Hadji-Lazaro). Not surprisingly, Francesco has grown weary of the dull drum and repetitive routine his job and life have become. It is not until he meets the girl of his dreams (Anna Falchi), who happens to be a widow attending her husband's funeral, that Francesco realizes that there may be more to life than this. Sound a bit odd? Well, it is. But fans of the zombie and the "twentysomething disgruntled worker" genres will feel right at home with this Michele Soavi cult favorite. At its center,Cemetery Manis a black comedy/existential mediation on loneliness and career disappointment. But whereFight Clubis entrenched in an action/buddy-flick setting andOffice Spaceis a strict black comedy,Cemetery Manis staged deep in the Italian zombie genre, giving it extra points for originality.--Rob Bracco

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Director: Michele Soavi
Genre: Cult Movies
Screen Writer: Gianni Romoli, Tiziano Sclavi
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
Runtime: 105 minutes
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
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