Dellamorte Dellamore (1994) 1 brain1 brain1 brain1 brain

Alternate Titles:

Cemetery Man
Demons '95
Of Death, of Love

On the surface, Dellamorte Dellamore, released in the US as Cemetery Man, is a simple film about a cemetery caretaker, Francesco Dellamorte, and his assistant, Gnaghi, fighting against zombies rising from their graves. The caretaker (Rupert Everett) hasn't told anybody else about this problem because he doesn't want to deal with the paperwork.

However, the movie is actually not so much a zombie film (but believe me, there are zombies galore) as an examination of life, death, love, and the boundaries between. If that sounds pretentious and hokey, well, it's because I lack the skill to sum the themes of the film up more adroitly. As Francesco is dealing with the zombies, he encounters a beautiful woman, known simply as "She" (Anna Falchi), who reappears as different characters throughout the movie (and gets my Zombie Oscar for Sexiest Zombie). At the same time, Gnaghi is courting a young local girl who has died recently (not that this is a barrier in this movie).

I am probably too much of a literalist to get all there was to get from this movie, but hidden depths aside, it's still a great zombie flick. There is lots of action, great zombie makeup, and a great script. Even nonlovers of the zombie genre may get something out of it, if they don't mind the usual zombie violence.