Sunday, February 2, 2014

CEMETERY MAN (1994)

Cemetery caretaker Francesco Dellamorte (Rupert Everett) has a problem.  In the daytime his job is pretty peaceful: burying dead people, tending to the grounds, talking to his mentally handicapped assistant Gnaghi, but at night things get kinda hairy thanks to the bizarre phenomenon of people coming back to life seven days after their death.  Dellamorte isn't too thrilled with the situation, but it's the only job he can get (plus he lives on the grounds) so he just deals with it.  His peaceful (minus the zombie killing) life is turned upside-down one day when a beautiful woman comes to bury her elderly husband.  Dellamorte instantly notices that she is extremely beautiful and has one of the greatest asses on the planet so he sets out to woo her.  Things don't go too well and they get even worse when there's a sudden influx of corpses getting buried...also there's the business of the Angel of Death himself visiting Dellamorte.

When I first saw this in the theater back in the mid-90's I was quite taken with it, but revisiting it now it didn't hold up as well as I had hoped.  The story drags on a little bit, there's not enough zombie action, the special effects (especially the visible strings) are only so-so and that vague ending is just kinda "Ehh."  That said I did enjoy the slight surrealist elements, the scenery, Everett's performance, the original story, Anna Falchi's boner exploding nude scenes and the top-notch photography.  The average horror fan will probably be disappointed that it's not a complete zombie bloodbath, but those that like something a little different will get a kick out of it.  Worth watching at least once.