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Lucker the Necrophagous (1986)
"Lucker" (original title)

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A serial killer awakens from a coma and escapes from a mental hospital to kill a survivor of his slayings years ago, all the while stalking, terrifying, and killing women on the way.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Van Suyt ...
John Lucker
Helga Vandevelde ...
Let Jotts ...
Marie Claes ...
Martine Scherre ...
Carry Van Middel ...
John Edwards ...
Tony Castillo ...
Veerle Dendooven ...
Frans Schepens ...
Werner Onre ...
Man reading newspaper
Nico Karadjian ...
Eddy Cosaert ...
Heidi Callewaart ...
Video customer
Francis Impe


John Lucker is a serial rapist/murderer with a necrophilia fetish. Eight years ago, he went on a killing spree that took eight victims, until he was finally caught and institutionalized. Now he's been put in a private clinic after attempting suicide during a mental hospital transfer. He awakens from his drugged state to kill his two nurses, and then heads in for the town. When he hears on the news that one of his victims, Cathy Jordan had survived his rampage eight years ago, he becomes furious, and that rage becomes infested as a physical psychosis that can only be relieved by killing more women as he heads to kill his survivor. One the corpses he keeps to "commit the deed" with a week later before returning on his search for Cathy. He kills one woman and captures another on the way, and then finds Cathy. He psychologically torments both women, but Cathy is able to get away. Lucker, now furious, heads off to settle the score once and for all... Written by Helltopay27

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Your Death Is Only The Beginning!


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Writer/director Johan Vandewoestijne got money for financing the movie by not telling the fiscal backers the complete details of the story. See more »


Lucker is a fugitive escaped from a mental clinic. The police are beginning a massive manhunt for him, and have starting points from where his victim's bodies were found (he never leaves that general area). Yet he still manages to stay in an apartment room for a week without leaving, or without the police showing up. Several people in his immediate vicinity have seen him, and the authorities surely have photos of him. If Lucker were to stay in the same place the whole time, the police would have most definitely found him within that week. See more »


[first lines]
Nurse: What's wrong with him?
Bobby: Suicide attempt.
Nurse: Hmm. Who is this guy, anyway?
Bobby: His name is John Lucker. A few years ago, he murdered eight girls. Raped them afterwards. And when I mean afterwards, I mean while some of the corpses were decomposing!
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Finger-licking good!
19 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lucker the Necrophagous is a testament to the type of film that you either love it or hate it; there is no in between. The general consensus is that it's a terrible, disgusting movie with absolutely no redeeming values. That's right, it is. Frankly, it's downright appalling. It's another rare movie that exists only to be as atrocious as it can be, without any sort of justification. I'm a part of the minority, however, who found it worth their while. Undoubtedly, there are several boring scenes, and of course, the dubbing and acting are terrible, but there are some completely unexpected moments of sheer dread that I couldn't help but to enjoy myself. Naturally, Lucker remains as a complete surprise to me. It stays as one of the most depraved, misogynist, and disturbing movies ever conceived, but along with this grotesque content are some tense and fear-inspiring scenes. I think I found Lucker so effective is because I didn't have any expectations for it, but I was still exhilarated to see not just a famous obscurity, but one of the most shocking and appalling movies ever made. It was really a charged experience.

John Lucker has attempted suicide during a mental institution transfer, and now lies heavily sedated in a private clinic. Of course, he wakes up. He lurks around the hospital and eventually kills one of his doctors (this is one scene that has a few minutes of walking, but pays off with a brutally gory scene). He then kills the doctor's girlfriend in her car, drives off, and has sex with her fresh corpse. The next morning, he walks his way (again, for a few minutes) to town where he finds that a victim of his crimes from eight years ago, Cathy Jordan, has survived. Outraged, he continues to fulfill his sick lust by stalking and brutally murdering women, yet he becomes so overcome with rage and shame for not killing Cathy off that it develops into a physical psychosis. He decides it can wait a week, however, as one of the women he's killed since escaping (a prostitute) has turned into a nice, pus-filled corpse, presenting the infamous necrophilia scene that remains as one of the very few movie scenes that made me want to gag. He then finally arrives at Cathy Jordan's apartment building with yet another victim, and plays a sick game of simply watching her psychological torment and listening to her scream. Lucker eventually gets bored and kills Cathy's husband and goes after her. He leaves her with his other still-living victim, but she gets loose, stabs Lucker, and escapes. Lucker's mad as hell and must bring this to an end, once and for all.

This is not a perfect film by any means. Some parts indeed are rather slow, and the acting and dialogue were some of the most humorous (and then turned incredibly annoying). It was easy enough to do, as some of the content is so appalling that the dialogue faded into the background as I watched these overwhelming displays. Though Lucker tries to be the most insanely putrid movie imaginable with necrophilia and misogyny, it also has the simple structure and execution of the standard slasher movie. These elements, though cliché and watered down, are very creepy in the film's rough atmosphere, even though there's essentially no reason to fear for the victims. All characters present are simply meant to pad the body count and to make excuses for putrid scenes of overly-dramatic blood and guts. Why I think it's effective is because there's such an insane fear of the villain, not for the victims. Each time Lucker began to kill someone was a moment for me to wonder with dread what he was going to do this time (this all works because Nick Van Suyt plays such a good psychopath). Because of this natural tension being spewed by a most vile killer, I didn't mind the longer periods of walking and stalking, which seem to be the biggest complaint of this film. In fact, it was almost a relief from some of the stress produced by the mere presence of John Lucker. His uncaring and unforgiving attitude in how he kills people creates some truly unrelenting terror. This is also amplified by the music, which had a very creepy electronic tone that reminded me of the music from The Shining. There's a eerie feeling to the whole movie.

Though some horror elements here are standard, Lucker is still one of the most disgusting and unapologizing movies I've ever seen. The sheer brutality of not only the murders, but of the necrophilia angle is stomach churning. There are no limits set to how Vandewoestijne tries to shock and horrify his audience, most notably by the famous finger-licking scene. Other than just the incredibly sick necrophilia angle, the misogyny expressed in this film is outrageous and even maddening sometimes. Scenes of Lucker pulling up a chair to watch his victim scream in pain, agony, and terror are unbelievably barbaric, and his efforts at humiliation and degradation are terrifying and enraging. Those who have seen I Spit on Your Grave will see much of the same disgust and disrespect for women that this shows, maybe even more, so be sure to hold onto your hats. I can easily imagine showing this to someone who will have to leave the room to vomit. It's that type of exploitation, and it should never be taken lightly. Like I said, the slow points and humorously annoying acting are almost saving relief from what atrocities are committed in unflinching, in-your-face detail. As exploitation goes, Lucker's on the extreme!

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