“Left for good, took the corpse”
When it comes to sheer all out blood, guts & carnage, nobody makes horror movies like the Germans. This is the nation that has given the world of film such cinematic treats as Violent Shit & its sequels, Das Komabrutale Duell & Premutos. It seems the German Horror film industry has found its niche at the very extreme end of the genre. Jorg Buttgereit is probably the most well-known German horror director. Having directed Schramm & Der Todesking. Without doubt Nekromantik is his most controversial & extreme movie. A film that even 24 years after its original release you won’t find a legal copy of the movie in the UK.
Nekromantik tells the story of Rob who works for a cleaning company that remove bodies from public areas & clean up. This job allows Rob to steal body parts & take them home to his girlfriend Betty. On one job he recovers a rotting corpse & steals it, taking home to Betty. Rob & Betty then indulge in a threesome with the corpse. Rob is fired from work the next day & when he tells Betty she leaves him, taking the corpse with her. Rob begins to spiral downwards, hallucinating & suicidal, Rob is unable to cope without Betty & the corpse leading to a truly graphic & horrific conclusion.
To say this film isn’t going to be to everyone’s taste is the understatement to end all understatements. This film will shock & repulse all but the most hardened fan of extreme cinema. Add to that footage of a real rabbit being graphically killed & you have a film that will upset a lot of people. The real question though, is simply, is it any good? Truthfully no it isn’t. Yes its repulsive, explicit & shocking but it is also tedious & boring. Watching Nekromantik is an endurance test on two levels. The first is obviously being able to stomach the film’s content, the second is trying to overlook the bad acting, lack of a plot & the general cheap look of the movie. The one thing the movie does have in its favour is the ending. A real jaw dropper & one I certainly won’t spoil here. I should also add that while by no means hardcore the necrophilia in the movie is strong, in particular there is a scene of what I can only describe as eyeball slurping that is heave inducing.
Nekromantic is another poor film from Jorg Buttgeriet, it’s sequel is even worse. It’s only saving grace is it’s ending. I’m a fan of extreme movies but this film just bored me to tears. If you want to see & horror film with necrophilia I would suggest the awesome low-budget “classic” that is The Necro Files. Curiosity about this movie may get the better of you but mark my words you will be so very disappointed.