Cemetery Man

I haven’t seen the work of Italian horror specialist Dario Argento, so I can’t compare it to this jokey, campy, and stylish 1994 horror item by his protege Michele Soavi. I can only suggest that this is fairly entertaining if your expectations are sufficiently low. Rupert Everett stars as a cemetery watchman who takes care of zombies rising from their graves by splitting open their skulls; he becomes entangled with a lusty widow (model Anna Falchi) who winds up a zombie herself, and further plot complications are offered by his grotesque generic sidekick, a mute named Gnaghi (Francois Hadji-Lazaro). An Italian film shot in English, it seems to be taking place nowhere in particularthat is to say, in Coproductionland. Adapted by screenwriter Gianni Romoli from comics artist Tiziano Sclavi’s novel Dellamorte dellamore. R, 100 min. (JR)

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