A cemetery man has the unusual problem of the dead rising from the grave. Himself and his assistant must end these creatures' lives again after they are reborn. Everything is going well until "She" comes along and stirs things up a bit.
ActorsStarring: Rupert Everett, François Hadji-Lazaro, Anna Falchi, Fabiana Formica, Mickey Knox, Barbara Cupisti, Michele Soavi, Clive Riche, Anton Alexander, Alessandro Zamattio, Katja Anton, Patrizia Punzo, Pietro Genuardi, Stefano Masciarelli, Vito Passeri, Renato Donis, Claudia Lawrence, Francesca Gamba, Elio Cesari, Maurizio Romoli, Maddalena Ischiale, Elena Fresco, Marijn Koopman
Francesco Dellamorte (Rupert Everett) is the cemetery caretaker in the small Italian town of Buffalora. He lives in a ramshackle house on the premises, constantly surrounded by death, with only his mentally handicapped assistant Gnaghi (François Hadji-Lazaro) for company. Young punks in town spread gossip that Dellamorte is impotent. His hobbies are reading outdated telephone directories, in which he crosses out the names of the deceased, and trying to assemble a puzzle shaped like a human skull. Gnaghi, whose interests include spaghetti and television, can speak only one word: “Gna.”
The Latin inscription over the Buffalora Cemetery gate reads RESURRECTURIS (“For those who will rise again”), and indeed, Dellamorte has had his hands full of late. Some people rise from their graves on the seventh night following their death, reanimated and ready to assault the living. Dellamorte destroys these creatures, who he calls “Returners”, before they overrun the town. Buffalora’s mayor (Stefano Masciarelli) is so fixated on his campaigning that he seems unable even to hear Dellamorte’s pleas for an investigation. In any event, being an outcast in the village and almost illiterate, Dellamorte doesn’t want to lose the job. He opens up to his only friend, Franco, a municipal clerk, but doesn’t file the paperwork necessary to get assistance: “It’s easier just to shoot them.”
At a funeral, Dellamorte falls hard and fast in love, with the unnamed young widow (Anna Falchi) of a rich, elderly man. The widow only begins to show an interest when Dellamorte tells her about the ossuary, which she adores. While consummating their relationship by her husband’s grave, the husband returns, attacks, and bites her. She seems to die from the bite, but the coroner claims it was a heart attack. Fearing the worst, Dellamorte stays near her corpse, and shoots her when she rises.