Nekromantik (1987)

Warning: The following review is for a rather taboo little film. We’re going to talk about things some people may find offensive. The trailer is particularly NSFW. You have been warned.

Banned in numerous countries, Nekromantik has become the kind of film some people recommend you see because ‘you just HAVE to,’ rather than through any promotion of its artistic integrity.

The plot, such as it is, sees a crime scene cleaner, Rob (Daktari Lorenz) bringing home a cadaver to his partner so they can partake in various sexual activities. ‘What kind of activities?’ we hear you whisper so your mum can’t hear you in the next room. Well, look, the clue is in the title. In fact, if we’re talking about films telling it like it is, this comes joint first with Snakes on a Plane.

Rob’s decomposing world seems perfect. But as the old adage says, ‘Two’s company, Three is a stinking corpse.’ Soon, Rob feels he’s losing his girlfriend to the festering lothario and it rocks his confidence in a way no amount of new conditioner can combat.

Let’s cut to the chase. Jörg Buttgereit’s Nekromantik is an ugly film. Poorly made, badly acted and some of the scenes are certain to get PETA riled up. To say he’s doing it to shock is redundant. By pushing taste as far as he can, Buttgereit is definitely out to shock you. But in a world that saw Eli Roth bore us with interminably boring Hostel films, we’re always pleased to see someone achieve what they set out to do. Not that it doesn’t have a sense of fun. There’s a mischievousness to Buttgereit’s work; like making balloon animals with intestines at a kid’s party. Some have argued that Nekromantik is a statement on the desensitization to violence the yoof of the day suffer from because of video nasties, midnight matinees and Donkey Kong (probably). And yes, Rob does grow bored at a horror film, but he’s bored with the fakeness of it. Rob and his girlfriend aren’t desensitized to violence and death. How can they be when they get off on it?

And whilst we can tell you about the animal cruelty and the necrophilia threesome, and tell you how it left us with a need for several, very hot showers. The fact is, as we mentioned previously, we’re just encouraging some of you to want to go see it. Hell, you’ve probably not even finished this sentence. Not that you shouldn’t see it, we just don’t want you complaining to us afterwards.

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