Ok, so this one may shock you! Nekromantik is not for the faint of heart and by that, I mean the theme of the movie. You can guess by the title what the film is going to be about but there’s no point in sugar-coating it. Nekromantik is about, well, necrophilia. If you’re squirmish then click away now because this review may gross you out. Banned in several countries due to its erotic imagery with dead corpses, Nekromantik has become a cult classic amongst the horror genre. Written and directed by Jorg Buttgereit, the german film was released in 1987 and was pretty much torn from the silver screen ever since. Only in recent years has the movie had any chance of finally coming to DVD. times are changing I guess!
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
Boning and Moaning
When it comes to horror movies I’ve seen a lot that has shocked me over the years. Films such as ‘A Serbian Film’ was one of the first spatter, torture porn horror flicks that my innocent eyes ever witnessed. That soon changed after that I can tell you! Whereas Nekromantik is sickeningly disturbing the movie is not as explicit as what I expected. I expected it to be a lot more perverse than it was which I’m kinda glad I didn’t get to see! However, explicit, shocking films always make good controversial matters on the interweb spawning everyone into a frenzied hysteria dictating to us all how fucked up we are watching such filth in the first place.
I found the film funny and tragic. It’s hard to watch if you have a weak stomach but i have become desensitized throughout my journey of horror movies so I kinda didn’t even bat an eyelid. I was nervous though and the movie definitely made me very uncomfortable but i got used to it after a while.
Nekromantik focuses more on imagery than dialogue and has a surprisingly beautiful soundtrack considering its disgusting theme. The movie almost makes the main characters Betty and Rob seem normal until their profoundly blasphemous secret is revealed. There are limited gore scenes throughout but what we do see is satisfactory. Nekromantik is an artistic film and deserves respect for its ability to shock fans.
A sequel was made in 1991 to which I have not had the unpleasantness of watching. but you know me… its all in the name of horror.