by Randy Fox
Cemetery caretaker Francesco Dellamorte (Rupert Everett) has a problem. The dead are returning to life. Although it’s quite a headache, he’s handling it — mainly because he fears losing his job, plus dispatching the dead a second time is easier than filling out the mountain of paperwork he’d be saddled with should his superiors find out.
So begins Italian director Michele Soavi’s 1994 existentialist black comedy of love, death, and bureaucracy Cemetery Man, an outrageous memorial garden of gruesome and very sly comedic delights. Released in Italy under the title Dellamorte Dellamore (which roughly translates to “About Love, About Death”), the film was picked up by an American distributor, retitled as the more exploitative Cemetery Man and promoted with a campy ad campaign. Once available on video in the U.S., it acquired a cult following and Martin Scorsese declared it one of the best Italian films of the 1990s.
Check out the NSFW trailer above, as it’s showing tonight only at the Cult Fiction Underground underneath Logue’s Black Raven Emporium at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. And for cinematic humor of a less intentional variety, the Cult Fiction Underground is hosting the Ed Wood Extravaganza & Unconvincing Drag Contest on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m., featuring another epic of reanimated corpses, the original Plan 9 from Outer Space.