Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Cemetery Man (1994)

Francesco Dellamorte is the humble caretaker of the Buffalora Cemetery, where corpses just can't seem to stay buried. He and his assistant, Gnaghi, are left to destroy the brains of the recently deceased, who return from the grave each night. As the lines between love and death begin to blur, Francesco becomes lost in the futility of his own existence before delusion and madness drive him to kill the living before they can return as the dead. DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE, or CEMETERY MAN as it is known stateside, is a pure masterpiece of Italian cinema, and director Michele Soavi's finest work. Soavi adapts the existentialist philosophy and biting black humor from Tiziano Sclavi's writing perfectly, while infusing the film with his own surreal imagery, flamboyant action sequences, and ornate sense of style. When casting the lead, there was simply no other choice than English actor Rupert Everett, who served as the inspiration for the character of "Dylan Dog" in Sclavi's popular comic book series by the same name. Everett is inseparable from the role, and provides an uncanny performance as our introverted antihero. He may only be upstaged by Fran├žois Hadji-Lazaro, who plays the lovable idiot savant, Gnaghi. CEMETERY MAN features a number of stunning sets and incredible special effects by Italy's premiere designer, Sergio Stivaletti. Needless to say, it is one of the most original and artistic films within the genre, and perhaps Italy's last great Horror movie.

Rating: 9/10.

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DYLAN DOG, I SELL THE DEAD, DEAD ALIVE, LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE.

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1 comment:

  1. jervaise brooke hamsterFebruary 23, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Rupert Everett is British and a faggot, a double whammy of worthless filth, as it were.

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