Dellamorte Dellamore (1993)

Italy, France (“a French-Italo co-production”), 1994
99m (Australia; Germany), 100m (USA), 105m (Canada; Italy)
35mm film, colour, 1.66:1
Dolby Stereo Digital, Italian

An Italian/French horror film directed by Michele Soavi.

Plot Summary

Francisco Dellamorte is the caretaker of the cemetery at the small Italian town of Buffalora where the dead return to life with monotonous regularity. Dellamorte dutifully destroys the zombie every night, but when he falls in love, his desire for something better grows too strong for him to resist…


Director: Michele Soavi
© Audifilm – Urania Film
Michele Ray Gavras presents a K.G. Productions/Le Studio Canal+ co-production. Audiofilm, Urania Film. In collaboration with Silvio Berlusconi Communications and Bibo TV and Film Productions. This film was supported by the Eurimages Fund of the Council of Europe. A Michele Soavi film
Co-producers and Executive Producers: Conchita Airoldi, Dino Di Dionisio
Produced by: Tilde Corsi, Gianni Romoli, Michele Soavi
Screenplay: Giovanni Romoli
From the Novel by: Tiziano Sclavi, published by Camunia
Photography: Mauro Marchetti
Editor: Franco Fraticelli
Music: Manuel De Sica
Sound: Andrea Dallimonti
Costume Designers: Maurizio Millenotti, Alfonsina Lettieri
Key Make-up: Gino Zamprioli
Key Hairdresser: Maria Teresa Corridoni
Tricks and Special Effects: Sergio Stivaletti
Art Director: Massimo Antonello Geleng
Ossuary Art Direction: Francesca di Nunzio, Sergio Stivaletti

Rupert Everett [Francesco Dellamorte]
Francois Hadji-Lazaro [Gnaghi]
Anna Falchi [She]
Mickey Knox [Marshall Straniero]
Fabiana Formica [Valentina]
Clive Riche [Doctor Verseci]
Kátja Anton [thin girl]
Barbara Cupisti [Magda]
Anton Alexander [Franco]
Pietro Genuardi [Mayor Civardi]
Patrizia Punzo [Claudio's mother]
Stefano Masciarelli [Mayor Scanarotti]
Vito Passeri [Ghigini]
Alessandro Zamattio [Claudio]
Marijn Koopman
Renato Donis [She's husband]
Claudia Lawrence [Miss Chiaromondo]
Francesca Gamba [hospital nurse]
Elio Cesari [nun]
Maurizio Romoli [hospital doctor]

Alternative Titles

Cemetery Man – UK, USA
Demons '95
Of Death and Love – Australia

See also
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
Braindead (1992)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Dèmoni (1985)
Dèmoni 2 (1986)
Vertigo (1958)



  • Cinefantastique June 1996 pp.50-51 – illustrated review
  • Première June 1995 p.54 – review (by Gerard Delorme)
  • Samhain no.33 (July/August 1992 p.5 – note (Hot snatches)


  • 500 Essential Cult Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Jennifer Eiss with J.P. Rutter and Steve White p.241 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.180-193; 225 – review; credits
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.403
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.124
  • Horror Films of the 1990s by John Kenneth Muir pp.431-433
  • Italian Horror 1979-1994 by Jim Harper pp.81-83 – illustrated credits, review
  • The Mammoth Book of Slasher Movies: An A-Z Guide to Over Sixty Years of Blood and Guts by Peter Normanton pp.156-157
  • Zombie by Allan Bryce (ed) pp.14-27; 88-107 – illustrated article (Morti viventi: Italian-style by Alan Jones); illustrated article (The gross-out factor by Adrian Luther-Smith)
  • The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia by Peter Dendle pp.30-31