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 become chillingly confused in his shocked and romantically damaged brain.
From Michele Soavi, director of The Church and The Sect, a surreal blend of George Romero gore, Dario Argento style and ‘Monty Python’ irreverence in the weirdest zombie movie ever made. —Shameless Screen Entertainment
Michele Soavi, sometimes known as Michael Soavi (born July 3, 1957) is an Italian filmmaker.
Born in Milan, Italy in 1957, Michele Soavi’s parents separated when he was little and he lived with his mother who remarried a painter. Interested in his stepfather’s interest in painting, Soavi began an interest in creative arts in his school. During his teenage years, he decided that the cinema was his true calling after attending several movie screenings and developing a taste for acting. After graduating from high school, Soavi took acting lessons at Fersen Studios in Milan. His first acting role was an extra in the movie Bambule (1979) which was directed by Marco Modugno. During production, Modungo, impressed by Soavi’s interest in the movies, offered him a job as an assistant director which Soavi accepted and learned more about a director’s film making technique. After acting in small roles in Day of the Cobra (1980) and City of the Living Dead (1980… read more
The words 'Italian horror' and 'character study' are not the kind of stuff you read in the same review. But Dellamorte Dellamore is so unusual for an Italian horror film, a genre that has been fairly stereotyped over the years as hot-blooded women being chased by schizophrenic, knife-wielding, black-gloved killers. It actually has interesting dialogue, sharp plot, and strong character development. Not only that, but it is filled with black humor that actually works.