Nekromantik (1987)


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With Nekromantik, first-time feature director Jorg Buttgereit mixes cheap gore, transgressive imagery, and cosmic dread into a cult-classic examination of sex, death, and boredom among the youth of pre-reunification Germany. Passive, blank-faced Rob (Daktari Lorenz) spends his days collecting human roadkill from the side of the Autobahn and his nights enacting a quietly macabre domesticity with girlfriend Betty (Beatrice Manowski, credited here as Beatrice M.) in their … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Comedy
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Written By: Franz Rodenkirchen, Jörg Buttgereit
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On DVD: Oct 7, 2014



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Critic Reviews for Nekromantik

All Critics (7)

Atípico o bastante para merecer ser conferido.

April 6, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Interesting idea for a horror film, but ugly and unpleasant.

July 14, 2003

The film, if you can call it that, actually goes beyond the state of bad taste into a shameful, meaningless, extreme realm all its own.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

October 28, 2005

September 17, 2005

August 4, 2005
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Audience Reviews for Nekromantik

As a horror fan, I am always looking for the next great shock fest. I often hunt down obscured titles that are hard to find and tend to push the envelope. I have seen my fair share of shock horror, and I personally feel that Nekromantik is the most depraved film that I have ever seen. There is not a single shroud of artistic talent that went into making this film. The objective of the film was to shock, and it most certainly did that. This is a morally reprehensible piece of crap that never should have been made. I've seen my fair share of bad movies, but this one is one of the worst. Poorly acted, with emphasis on a highly controversial subject and a tasteless plot that lacks in every manner, this is a film that makes even the British Video Nasties look Tame in comparison. Director Jörg Buttgereit goes for shock value, and he gets it. I absolutely hated the film, and it doesn't offer anything worth seeing. The plot was awful, and the film looked bad as it was shot on a Super 8 format, which I think it was. Buttgereit is a director with no talent to speak of, and if he tried to use his film as a social commentary, he failed. With Nekromantik he explores the most disturbing side of human perversion, and you ask yourself why the hell would anyone make a film like this? I'm a fan of Exploitation films, and I do enjoy shock cinema, but this goes beyond poor taste. I can't understand why anyone would call this a masterpiece, as it is truly the most tasteless film in the history of the medium. This is supposed to be an "art house" film, well it isn't. The film is vile trash that simply doesn't entertain. There's a reason why films like this are obscured, and they should stay that way.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

A necrophiliac loses his job and grilfriend amidst randomly inserted shock scenes of urination, decay, sexual violence and (real) animal cruelty. Virtually no plot or characterization, and rudimentary cinematography; submitted as a student film without the grossout scenes, it would probably get a D-. Insert audacious---but ludicrous---scenes of a woman making love to a corpse, and it suddenly becomes a classic in some quarters.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


First off, I didn't really "like" this film. But, when a film is filled with necrophilia, animal killings, eye-ball sucking and worse, I doubt it was ever meant to be liked. If anything Nekromantik sees how far it can push us. I never felt comfortable, which makes me glad. It's rather well made and is smart and merciful enough to keep things short. The infamous threesome is disgusting and hilarious at the same time. The excellent use of music presents it as an actual love scene and "normal". Actually the music was the first thing to stick out. It's unpleasant, dirty, foul and sickening. Unlike, films such as Hostel, it doesn't glamorise any of the things it presents.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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