FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Cemetery Man (archival 35mm print!)

Co-presented by SHOCK TILL YOU DROP

Even in the weird and colorful landscape of Italian horror, Michele Soavi’s Dellamorte Dellamore — or, Cemetery Man, as it was known upon its stateside release in ‘94 — stands on a weird little island all its own. Following the day-to-day routine of Rupert Everett (The Importance of Being Earnest, My Best Friend’s Wedding) as a cemetery groundskeeper whose job entails re-killing the dead that rise nightly from their graves, this shockingly gory film also veers into both surreal romanticism and screwball comedy, while never being jarring or tone-deaf. Soavi, a protégé of Argento, really knows how to fill these frames with atmosphere, while Everett’s performance invokes a more wistful and lovelorn version of Ash from the Evil Dead films. A must-see on the big screen for horror fans, zombie fans, and those into the strange and wonderful.
Dir. Michele Soavi, 1994, 35mm, 105 min. (Archival 35mm print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive)

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Cemetery Man”!