"You're supposed to be setting a good example! Now get back in your coffin."
Originally titled:Dellamorte Dellamore
made in Italy, 1994
Dir. Michele Soavi
Screenplay: Gianni Romoli
With: Rupert Everett, Francois Hadji-Lazaro, and Anna Falchi
What is it about:
A very bizarre film that revolves around Delmorte - the Cemetary Man. Delmorte’s existence is as a caretaker - or Engineer - of a small cemetary in a small city. First he buries the newly dead with his only friend and co-worker, Noggie, a mute who is kind of “Igor”ish. After a period of seven days, the dead coe back to life and usualy come to Delmorte’s shack in the cemetary to kill him and Noggie. SO they re-kill them, which can only be done by splitting their heads in two. “A spade will do.” Delmorte remarks, but he usually uses a gun. Things became wierd - (what? You mean they aren’t already?!?) - when the woman he loves is killed by her dead husband and is re-killed by Noggie. But wait, that isn’t the wierd part. The weird part(s) is when the same woman comes back two more times as someone else! On the side is a all different type of horror that is inflicted upon Delmorte when he asks to have his penis cut off so he can marry one of these look-alike women. This is one film that will have you talking about at the office the next day!
Cephas’ notes and spoilers:
If you like bizarre films or really weird zombie flicks, this is one film you MUST see! Wih many Sam Raimmi-esque touches throughout (although I doubt this Italian director used Raimmi as an influence), I truly felt that Bruce Campbell would have been perfect for this film. Oh, you know Bruce Campbell is - Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness, Brisco County Jr.. Throughout the film, look for things in th ebackground like how a tree resembles a woman’s breasts; wires holding up little weird firelights floating around one scene; there is one part in the very beginning when the door opens that you can see through the door jamb as well as the entrance; Delmorte’s bandage on his shoulder isn’t always on; the Governor’s daughter’s stitches are not on when she is first dug up; the biker’s girlfriend enjoys her dead biker boyfriend eating her - literally - and her arm is all chewed up, but he is eating her leg; and there is NO PLOT! No explanations for anything is given anywhere in the film!
A MUST RENT!!
This is one film you want to rent at parties! You’ll laugh so hard you’ll cry!
For more on this film, go see the following site:
The Unofficial Site to Cemetary Man