Unearthed for midnight bookings in 1995, after creeping around the underground circuit for years, NEKROMANTIK is a pointless and distasteful exercise in a rarely discussed aspect of human behavior.
Robert (Daktari Lorenz) works with a crew which removes bodies from accident sites, but he takes more than a professional interest in his work; he is a necrophile, due at least partially to a traumatic childhood during which he watched his father skin animals. His girlfriend, Betty (Beatrice M.),
shares his attraction for the dead, and cavorts with him, bathing in blood and fondling both human and animal organs. He brings a cadaver home from work, and the couple engage in lengthy sex with the corpse.
Then Robert loses his job and Betty leaves him, taking the body with her. Robert starts to slide into despair, and attempts to comfort himself by attending a slasher movie and having sex with the corpse of a prostitute. But nothing works, and he commits suicide by repeatedly stabbing himself in
the gut. No sooner has he been buried, however, than a mysterious woman begins digging him up.
NEKROMANTIK's very first shot, of a woman urinating on a roadside, pretty much sums up the movie's approach and its goals. Director-cowriter Jorg Buttgereit clearly intends to rub the audience's face in graphic ugliness, exposing the seamiest possible extremes of human behavior. Some have praised
the film for just this reason, applauding its no-holds-barred approach to horror and depravity and appreciating it for "going too far" in the face of increasing banality in mainstream filmmaking.
The fact remains that it is easy to "go too far" in the movies, especially when the budget is low, and NEKROMANTIK is as cheap as they come (at least part of it was filmed in super-8). There are occasional dark chuckles (particularly Betty's note to Robert: "Left for good. Took the corpse."), but
by the time NEKROMANTIK reaches its supposed catharsis, with Robert hacking away at his innards and ejaculating blood, it has long since collapsed into a debased freak show. (Graphic violence, extensive nudity, sexual situations.)
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- Released: 1987
- Rating: NR
- Review: Unearthed for midnight bookings in 1995, after creeping around the underground circuit for years, NEKROMANTIK is a pointless and distasteful exercise in a rarely discussed aspect of human behavior. Robert (Daktari Lorenz) works with a crew which removes b… (more)