Nekromantik (1987) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Nekromantik (1987)

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  • Release Date:  1987
  • Genre:  Extreme
  • Director:  Jörg Buttgereit
  • Screenwriter:  Franz Rodenkirchen, Jörg Buttgereit
  • Cast & Crew: Bernd Daktari Lorenz, Beatrice Manowski, Harald Lundt, Colosseo Schulzendorf, Henri Boeck, Clemens Schwender, Jörg Buttgereit, Holger Suhr, Volker Hauptvogel, Harald Weis, Heike Surban, Patricia Leipold, Elke Fuchs, Margit Im Schlaa, and Suza Kohlstedt.
 Nekromantik (1987) Rating:
  • Dylan = 8 / 10;
  • Raoul =  6 / 10;
  • Ronan = 6 / 10;
  • IMDB = 5.1/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 4.9/10.

Nekromantik (1987) Synopsis:

Nekromantik follows the story of a street cleaner and his disturbed girlfriend as they kidnap a rotten corpse to fulfill their necrophilia fantasies.

Nekromantik Story

The story tells of Robert (Daktari Lorenz), a member of a street cleaning unit, response for mopping up after major auto accidents. Robert has this strange fixation for body parts and likes to bring them home. His girlfriend Betty, who is just as sick as him, get turned on by Robert’s strange collection. One day Robert is giving the duties of bringing back a corpse found submerged in a lake, but instead of disposing of the carcass, he takes it home. Threesome…. corpse-style.

This new addition really ignites their sex life and the imagery is very disturbing. When “it” (i.e. the corpse) loses its “member” Robert replaces with a pipe. Wooh!!!! With one bizarre twist after another, Robert’s girl leaves him a dear John letter saying she has left with her one true love….the corpse. The ending is mind-blowing, to say the least.

But, there isn’t probably a more disgusting subject matter than necrophilia. You got to be one fucked up individual to want to have sex with a corpse. So with all this in mind, I decided to sit down and watch “Necromantik“. Being the nut I am I was prepared for the worst and hoping for it, and let me say I wasn’t disappointed. I really thought as I put this tape in the VCR, that I was in for some major trash, but I was wrong. Sure the imagery and the storyline were outrages, as well as, exhilarating (but not in a sick way). Jrg Buttgereit’s film challenges the soul on some obscure level. “Necromantik 2” is next on my list. Can the sickness continue, I hope so!

Nekromantik (1987) Review:

Nekromantik is not a normal film but probably the nastiest piece of cinema (snuff taken apart) that has ever been shot. Right from the beginning, this film is filthy as you get to see a few people pissing. This quickly followed by an accumulation of extremely disturbing scene including, without spoiling too much, animal torture, necrophilia, and gruesome gore.

Nekromantik is a film that intends to shock and succeeds greatly. However, if compared to other films that have similar motivations (Human Centipede 2, Schramm), Nekromantik makes more sense, and delivers something interesting and almost touching, in its own way. The film cleverly and gradually put you out of your comfort zone, to finally hammer you with an accumulation of terribly graphic scenes. Even though it is a low budget film and it looks quite amateurish, there is an undeniable artistic touch to it.

I am not going to make an apology of Nekromantik but I just wanted to point out that there is much more in it than all the other “extreme” horror films. If you know in advance that you can handle watching the terrible things I cited above, then I recommend you watch it.

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