Cemetery Man

Cemetery Man

Movie: Cemetery Man
Director: Michele Soavi
Produced by: Audifilm, Bibo Film & TV, K.G. Productions, Silvio Berlusconi Communications, Urania Film
Released By: D A R C
MPAA Rating: R

Achingly romantic and creepy-funny, this funereal fantasy from the director of La Chiesa is unlike any Italian film in memory. Rupert Everett plays Francesco Dellamorte, a lonely cemetery caretaker who just wants to get out of his small town of Buffalora. His assistant and sole companion, Gnaghi is an overweight cretin who speaks only in grunts, and the dead people outside are rising from their graves as zombies and trying to have him for breakfast. This situation, coupled with all his other problems, gives Francesco a real complex. His troubles are compounded when he meets a series of mysterious women whom he loves before they die tragically. Soavi’s film is based on a graphic-novel, Dylan Dog by Tiziano Sclavi, but Soavi’s more obvious influences range from Jean Rollin’s La Rose de Fer to Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands. Barbara Cupisti has a small role, and the film also benefits from Manuel de Sica’s memorable score and excellent pacing by editor Franco Fraticelli. This is a film to savor and it will go down as one of the most striking Italian genre efforts of the decade, despite some weak effects work by the normally reliable Sergio Stivaletti.

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