Friday, February 23, 2024


DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE (aka CEMETERY MAN) (1994) d. Michele Soavi (Italy)


Dellamorte Dellamore (aka Cemetery Man) is arguably the last great Italian horror movie of that country’s heyday, and yet somehow still struggles for a place of respect amidst the masters. Originally a novel by Tziano Sclavi, and later adapted by Gianni Romoli and directed by Argento protege Michele Soavi, the story follows Buffalora Cemetery groundskeeper Francesco Dellamorte (Rupert Everett) spends his days helping the living put their loved ones to rest, and his nights keeping the dead in the ground.

He sleepwalks through life, gunning down zombies and leafing through old phone books, with his only companion the semi-mute Gnaghi (Francois Hadji-Lazaro), until one day he meets a young and stunning widow (Anna Falchi) who awakens passion within him. An array of comic misadventures follows, with enough bloodshed, nudity, and WTF moments to satisfy the gorehounds, yet elevated by its extraordinary camerawork, gorgeous score, and thoughtful meditations on life, death, love, and human existence.

Join AC and his amazing panel of guests (Dave M. Gray, Jon Kitley, Ryan Olson, Lawrence P. Raffel) as they celebrate this exemplary slice of Italian zombie cinema on its 30th anniversary of release (as well as Severin Films’ extraordinary 4K Blu-ray release)! Ngah!

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