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Cemetery Man 1988 ****

Coming late to the 70’s zombie party, and too early to be part of the comic-book fad, Michele Soavi’s Dellamorte Dellamorte is a highly unusual horror-romance, with Rupert Everett as Francesco, who keeps watch in an abandoned graveyard for the unwelcome intervention of the living dead. Francesco’s daily routine of dispatching the dead is interrupted when he falls in love with a mysterious woman, leading to complications that have the knockabout tone of, say Evil Dead II, but also have a spiritual and metaphorical means about the thin line between love and death. The rare thing, a thoughtful, lyrical horror film, the story was told again, less effectively and for just a small an audience, in 2008’s Dylan Dog, adapted from the same popular Italian comic strip.

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