Cemetery Man, aka Dellamorte Dellamore, is just another cult classic that I’ve always heard about (especially as of late), but have never seen. The 1994 Italian zombie splatter comedy about a man who buries the living during the day and then kills them when they climb back out at night, is finally getting a Region 1 DVD release, of course from the fantastic Anchor Bay, on June 13th after years of fan requests.
I’m actually looking forward to checking this out not just because I love zombie comedies (if this is an 1/8th as fantastic as Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive, it’s already golden), but because Martin Scorsese actually called it "one of the best films of the 1990s."
But what do I know, here’s a press release straight from the horse’s mouth:
Great horror films are like zombies – the best ones always come back!
On Tuesday, June 13th, Anchor Bay Entertainment, an IDT Entertainment company, will release the eagerly-awaited U.S. DVD premiere of Cemetery Man , one of the most requested horror titles of the last decade. Revered by consumers and industry critics alike for releasing classic and cult horror films, Anchor Bay continues that tradition for Cemetery Man (aka Dellamorte Dellamore ) with a new anamorphic widescreen transfer, and resurrected with a SRP of $19.98.
Directed by Michele Soavi, Cemetery Man stars Rupert Everett ( My Best Friend’s Wedding and the voice of Prince Charming in Shrek 2 ) as Francesco Dellamore, a cemetery caretaker who finds that his seemingly dead-end job has recently become a little harder. Along with his sidekick Gnaghi (Francois Hadji-Lazaro), Francesco spends his days interning corpses and his nights killing “returners” – those who have risen from their grave seven days after burial. Life changes for Francesco when he falls for a beautiful, mysterious widow (Anna Falchi). When fate intervenes, Francesco must choose between Love Eternal and the Living Dead…
Ever since its release in 1994, Cemetery Man has shocked and tickled with its unique balance of the macabre and the comical. Anchor Bay Entertainment dug deep to find bonus features worthy of the film’s reputation, including: