Graveyard Disturbance (1988)

Graveyard Disturbance (1987)

Graveyard Disturbance (1988)

Graveyard Disturbance‘ is an Italian ‘made-for-TV’ zombie movie directed by Lamberto Bava and written by Dardano Sacchetti that was first released in 1987. The film is also known by the alternative titles of ‘A Night in a Cemetery‘, and ‘Una notte al cimitero‘.

As a consequence of being made for TV, it is also probably the only zombie film that we have see that gets a PG certificate, seriously, there is nothing here that would cause any significant frights and the blood and gore are pretty much non-existent.

This is a film where nothing happens, and the viewer does not get the pay-off that they expect.

The films begins with a group of 5 teens who are bored and allow themselves to be persuaded to see if they can spend a night in an old graveyard and the adjourning cemetery. Great – this is horror movie basics, you just know that the teens are gonna get picked off one by one, each in more horrific ways, right? Right?….


If you are any regular sort of human being you will come to loathe the teens within minutes of the film’s beginning, and after 30 minutes you are positively foaming at the mouth for them to die, but still nothing happens.

So what you are left with is a contrived storyline that attempts to build tension and scares through stalking and chasing scenarios, where the group of protagonists seem to constantly stumble into one situation only to all agree that they need to escape, they run, they get chased, then they soon find themselves in the next situation which requires a similar resolution.

Every tired horror cliche is used in this film, and you often wonder if it is a joke when you hear a wolf howl in moments when the teens are wondering which way to turn next when they are lost in the woods.

The characters are appalling – I would have been able to cope with the fact that this bunch of pricks didn’t die if they showed any sort of character development throughout the film, but they don’t, they are all still total pricks at the end of the film.

The whole thing is made even more frustrating once you learn that the film was directed by the son of Mario Bava, the iconic Italian director, writer, special effects artist, and all round horror supremo who influenced the golden age of Italian horror films and also helped give rise to the Giallo film genre (mysteries and thrillers with heavy horror elements).

So what is good about the film? Not much, but we can’t leave without saying that we did really enjoy the 80s soundtrack. It has some great moments in it and is full of moody synths to build what little tension there is, and then jumps to twanging synths when things happen. I actually quite enjoyed the musical score, but it is hard to say if it just seemed better than it actually is, because everything else on the screen is so bad.

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