Cemetery ManÂ (Michele Soavi,Â 1994) akaÂ Dellamorte Dellamore
Somewhere inÂ EnglishÂ speaking Italy: Francesco (Rupert Everett) andÂ Gnaghi (FranÃ§ois Hadji-Lazaro) are the caretakers of a small-town cemetery where the dead come back to life. TheÂ comicallyÂ awkward duo must battle droves of zombies to appease the mayor and keep their dead-end zombie slaying jobs.
Sounds simple, right? Well, there’s actually nothing straight forward about this film. Sure, there is a healthy amount of zombie killing and even some grave desecration with the beautifulÂ Anna Falchi, but thereÂ are some strange twists and turns, so be warned that nothing is as it seems. In the end, this movie has it all: zombies, sex on tombstones, partial nudity,Â existentialism, murder, romance, and humor. There is nothing clichÃ©Â about this movie, so check it out.
Fido, (Andrew Currie,Â 2006)
In the USA during the 1950’s: Helen (Carrie-Anne Moss)Â buys a zombie to help her out with chores around the house. And why not? Surely a zombie slave can’t be a bad idea, I mean they have collars to keep them in line. Unfortunately, her husband Bill (Dylan Baker) wants nothing to do with it. Wasting no time, their alienated sonÂ Timmy (K’Sun Ray) also forges a friendship with their new zombie pet/familyÂ memberÂ (Billy Connolly).
This film is fantastic because itsÂ tongueÂ and cheek reminds me of a cross betweenÂ Leave It to BeaverÂ andÂ Shaun of the Dead.Â There is some great social commentary on 50’s life in the US and several magical moments between the boy and his zombie. Although this movie isÂ definitelyÂ a comedy there is still a fair amount of good ole zombie on face action, so just watch it and thank me later.
Army Of DarknessÂ (Sam Raimi,Â 1993)
Raimi pours on the camp in this BruceÂ CampbellÂ cultÂ classic. Ash (Bruce Campbell) continues from whereÂ The Evil Dead and Evil Dead IIÂ pretty much left off: sucked into a vortex of evil by an ancient book, the Necronomicon. However, he’s spit out of the vortex and lands, car and all, in 1300’s England. Ash must now find theÂ Necronomicon, if he is ever to return to his own time and the department store job he left behind.
An amazing amount of one liners came from this flic, and though it isn’t the typical zombie brain eating because the focus on an army of skeletons, the undead bring the humor and oh so much fun. How can you go wrong with a guy with a chainsaw for a hand who knows how to kick some undead ass? Don’t miss this classic that put Sam Raimi’s film makingÂ on the map.
My Top Three Undead Films of All Time
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