Nekromantik (1987) / Fair use doctrine.

MOVIE REVIEW: Nekromantik (1987)

Nekromantik (1987) / Fair use doctrine.In the infamous 1987 film Nekromantik, the viewer encounters one of Jorg Buttgereit’s best films and (when released) one of the most incredibly controversial films of its time. To say that Buttgereit hurt a majority of people’s sensibilities would be an understatement when Germany, where he made the film, banned it, and even Japan — where people were used to the extreme — had it censored. Oddly enough though, it was never banned or censored in the United States, largely because it was so underground and passed the MPAA’s jurisdiction. Due to this, Nekromantik acquired a cult following in the US. I watched this film about three years ago or so on my MacBook™ in college because I did not think that this film was available for purchase at the time. Fortunately, during this phase of my life, I was able to find Nekromantik 1 and 2, A Serbian Film, Salo, and a handful of others available online, which were frowned upon.

Nekromantik (1987) / Fair use doctrine.Having a Blu-Ray copy of Nekromantic that I could finally watch on a television, I certainly found it to be much more enjoyable on a bigger screen. The premise follows the title of the film rather closely and is about Rob who works for a street cleaning service that primarily works on cleaning up car accidents and the like. As he works on the crew, he gathers various organs and pieces of flesh from the corpses to bring home to his girlfriend for their collection. Ultimately, this leads to Rob bringing home a half-decayed corpse from a marsh. This progresses to necrophilia where Rob cuts a piece of wood (a certain amount of irony is there as well) that Betty, his girlfriend, then places into the corpse at the waist level. Betty then proceeds to fuck the corpse’s pseudo-penis, thankfully with a condom at least. From there, we get a long scene of clips of Rob, Betty, and the corpse fucking that takes place.

Nekromantik (1987) / Fair use doctrine.So as to not give any spoilers near the last quarter of the film, I will only speak in generalizations. A film of graphic proportions, I am thoroughly impressed with what Buttgereit achieved through the special effects from 1987. It was definitely an assault upon censorship and the normalcy through which society attempts to exist. Buttgereit certainly exposed society to a different level of intensity than what society is used to. Personally, I rather enjoyed the film and found it to be 4 out of 5 stars.


Posted by Spencer Evatt

I have a degree in Philosophy and Literature with an obsession for all forms of horror, especially the more extreme underground stuff. I also plan to have Vampirella as a bride and spend a large amount of free time battling zombies in Resident Evil

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