‘Cemetery Man‘ is a 1994 comedy horror film directed by Michele Soavi, its original Italian title is ‘Dellamorte Dellamore‘.
Rupert Everett stars as Francesco Dellamorte, an introverted caretaker who works (and lives) at a cemetery in a small Italian town. By night Francesco’s real work starts – on the seventh night after their death, recently buried corpses rise from the dead and Francesco needs to destroy these zombies that he calls ‘Returners’ before they venture into the town and start killing the locals.
Francesco ends up falling for a widow who is at the cemetery for the funeral of her husband – they start a brief relationship before she is killed by the reanimated corpse of her husband. Franceso’s problems get worse as more mysterious women show up and he slowly starts losing his grip on reality.
The film is based on a popular comic called ‘Dylan Dog’ by Tiziano Sclavi.
When it was first released in Italy the film fell under the radar for most people and wasn’t much of a success. It wasn’t until it was picked up by the distributor ‘October Films’, who were responsible for changing the name to ‘Cemetery Man‘ and injected a sense of fun and humour into the marketing campaign, that it started to gain traction outside of Italy and started to get positive reviews in the US.
‘Cemetery Man‘ has since gone on to become a cult favorite amongst film fans, and has demonstrated quite a cross-over appeal.
Martin Scorsese called ‘Cemetery Man‘ “one of the best Italian films of the 1990s” – so that should be endorsement enough, right?
‘Cemetery Man’ Posters:
Given its sense of black comedy, its campness, and its origin as a graphic novel – ‘Cemetery Man‘ has had some great theatrical posters and marketing materials produced for it over the years.
This is the more common poster that was used in The US, and was also used as DVD cover art
This is a wonderful camp poster for the movie, with lots of nods to classic horror films in the design and typography
A more subdued moody and gothic treatment below on this Italian poster.
A more explicit treatment for the artwork and cover of the Japanese release.