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14. Dellamorte Dellamore (1994)

14. Dellamorte Dellamore (1994)

I know I said earlier that you shouldn’t trust anyone who deals with dead bodies, but there should always be an exception to prove the rule, that exception is Dellamorte Dellamore (Cemetary Man). This Italian horror film from 1994 was directed by Michele Soavi and is based on a novel by Tiziano Sclavi.

Once again, we have ourselves a love story but this one is a bit more serious than Mr. Jackson’s, only a little though. Francesco Dellamorte has a simple job, he takes care of graves, unfortunately every seven days or so someone decides that they don’t want to stay in their grave and it’s Francesco’s job to put them back down. This would be pretty frustrating all by itself but when he falls madly in love with a widow (Anna Falchi), things get much worse. Soon after, surprise surprise, her husband comes back (as the dead are apt to do in this town) and bites her. Duty bound, Francesco kills his love to prevent her from coming back from the dead.

Things only get stranger from there.

This is a fantastic movie in its own right, but it becomes a must see because of Soavi’s direction. Soavi is credited with almost single-handedly carrying on the traditions of Italian horror in the 1990s.

What can we learn from this film? While there are very few, very specific reasons you can trust morticians, one thing is for certain, if you have sex at any point during a horror movie, you are going to die and most probably be turned into a Zombie or spiral into madness.

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