Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Nekromantik (1988)

Director: Jorg Buttgereit

Writers: Jorg Buttgereit, Franz Rodenkirchen

Composers: Hermann Kopp, Bernd Daktari Lorenz, John Boy Walton

Starring: Bernard Daktari Lorenz, Beatrice Manowski, Harald Lundt, Colloseo Schulzendorf, Henri Boeck, Clemens Schwender, Jorg Buttgereit, Holger Suhr, Volker Haputvogel, Harald Weiss

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Death is just the Beginning

Plot: A street sweeper who cleans up after grisly accidents brings home a full corpse for him and his wife to enjoy sexually, but is dismayed to see that his wife prefers the corpse over him.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yes, but I'll fast forward to get to the good stuff.

This is one of those notorious movies you might be lucky enough to have heard of.  Most people haven't.  If you like fucked up shit like I do then you've got to have this in your collection.  The big downside is the slow pacing.  Even at 71 minutes it drags.  There's some weird stuff that feels out of place as if it's art house filler.  What really sizzles is the love scene with decomposing body!

Because you don't want to get pregnant, right?  That's a lead pipe, btw, shoved into the crotch of the corpse to get that special satisfaction.

There's some really dark humor in this that will have you howling.  Is it strange?  You bet your sweet ass it is but it's also a great fucked up flick to show with your friends.  The ending is off the charts insanely awesome and it gets better with the final shot.  Great shit.  But really, after all of that, it's the killing and skinning the rabbit scene that I have trouble watching.  I can see grisly fake shit all day long but killing an animal on film isn't something I can stomach. That's up there with jump scares as far as gimmicks to get people to react uneasily to.  They're both cheap and uncalled for.  Anyway, it's the corpse fucking that brought you to watch this in the first place, right? Even though this isn't the home run I was anticipating, it's still a lot of fun and I'm glad I finally watched it after hearing about it more than twenty years ago.  Oh, and you're going to want to watch the cleverly titled, NEKROMANTIK 2 (1991).  It's not as good but it's got some crazy shit that you just have to see.

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