Meet Francesco Dellamorte (Rupert Everett), gravedigger and guardian of the mythical Buffalora Cemetery where the dead just don't stay dead. Seven days after burial, the fresh cadavers claw their way out of their coffins looking for flesh to eat. And it's Francesco's job to dispatch these 'Returners' before they escape into the local community.
But his quest to stop the dead from invading the world of the living falters when he falls in love with a beautiful and enigmatic widow visiting her husband's crypt. For when he kills her by mistake, and is cursed to see her face for eternity, the difference between being alive and dead becomes chillingly confused in his shocked and romantically damaged brain.
From Michele Soavi, director of The Church and The Sect, comes Dellamorte Dellamore (aka The Cemetery Man), a surreal blend of George Romero gore, Dario Argento style and Monty Python irreverence, and arguably the weirdest zombie movie ever made. Based on the novel by Tiziano Sclavi, creator of the cult comic book hero Dylan Dog, the film stars Rupert Everett (Stardust; St. Trinian's; Shrek), Anna Falchi (The Princess And The Pauper) and Francois Hadji-Lazaro (Brotherhood Of The Wolf; The City Of Lost Children). It's a film with quite a horror fan following, its appeal neatly summed up by the review at Bloody Disgusting.com: "The film is the darkest comedy set inside the brightest parts of the genre - bullets flow freely blasting grapefruit size holes in the reanimated corpses of the undead, but the biting satire draws more blood than a hundred Hollywood horror fables, taking the modern zombie film back to a place that George Romero once envisioned it, a place where the guts and the gore and the girls are just subtext, serving the greater meaning." Sounds divine.
Dellamorte Dellamore - The Cemetry Man will be released on UK DVD as a Fan Edition by Shameless Screen Entertainment on 20th February 2012 at the RRP of £15.99.
Featuring English and Italian (with English subtitles) audio options, the disc wil have the following extras:
- Audio commentary by director Michele Soavi and writer Gianni Romoli;
- Photo gallery;
- Exclusive booklet of Alan Jones' personal on-set memoir.