Graveyard Disturbance

Graveyard Disturbance (Italian: Una notte al cimitero) is a 1987 television film directed by Lamberto Bava.

Graveyard Disturbance
DVD cover for Graveyard Disturbance
ItalianUna notte al cimitero[1]
GenreHorror[2]
Screenplay by
Story byDardano Sacchetti[1]
Directed byLamberto Bava[1]
Starring
Composer(s)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Massimo Manasse
  • Marco Grillo Spina[1]
Cinematography
  • Gianlorenzo Battaglia
  • Gianfranco Transunto[1]
Editor(s)
  • Mauro Bonnani
  • Daniele Alabis[1]
Running time93 minutes[1]
Production company(s)
  • Dania Film
  • Reteitalia[1]
Release
Original networkItalia 1[3]
Original releaseOctober 1987 (1987-10)

Plot

Five teen friends after stealing from a store end up in a gothic cemetery. While there they enter a tavern where the bartender challenges them to stay the night in a cursed crypt and if they survive the night, they get a treasure.

Production

Following the success of the film Demons and Demons 2 and other foreign horror films in Italy, the company Reiteitalia would announce in July 1986 that a series titled Brivido giallo which would be made featuring five made-for-television film directed by Lamberto Bava.[4] Of these films only four would be made: Graveyard Disturbance, Until Death, The Ogre and Dinner with a Vampire.[4]

Graveyard Disturbance was originally developed under the title Dentro il cimitero (transl.Inside the Cemetery).[4] Bava described the film as being not as heavy as his Demons films and would have more "relaxed" and "tongue-in-cheek" approach.[4] The film is set in the countryside around Bolsena.[5]

Releases

Graveyard Disturbance was first shown at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain in October 1987.[4] Lamberto Bava introduced the film himself, telling the audience that it was not intended for theatrical release.[4] The film received a chorus of boos from the audience.[4] It was later aired on Italia 1 on August 8, 1989.[1]

Reception

Kim Newman wrote in his book Nightmare Movies that Graveyard Disturbance was an uninspired spoof and Bava's worst film to date.[6]

References

Footnotes

  1. Curti 2019, p. 199.
  2. "Graveyard Disturbance". AllMovie. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  3. Curti 2019.
  4. Curti 2019, p. 200.
  5. Grattarola, Franco (2008). La Tuscia nel cinema: film, storie, protagonisti. Melting Pot. p. ?.
  6. Newman 2011, p. 265.

Sources

  • Curti, Roberto (2019). Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1980-1989. McFarland. ISBN 1476672431.
  • Newman, Kim (2011). Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 1-4088-1750-0.


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