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Nekromantik (1987)

Not Rated | | Horror | 1987 (West Germany)
A street sweeper who cleans up after grisly accidents brings home a full corpse for him and his wife to enjoy sexually, but is dismayed to see that his wife prefers the corpse over him.

Director:

Jörg Buttgereit
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernd Daktari Lorenz Bernd Daktari Lorenz ... Rob (as Daktari Lorenz)
Beatrice Manowski ... Betty (as Beatrice M.)
Harald Lundt Harald Lundt ... Bruno
Collosseo Collosseo ... Joe
Henri Boeck Henri Boeck ... J.S.A.
Clemens Schwender Clemens Schwender ... J.S.A.
Jörg Buttgereit ... J.S.A.
Holger Suhr Holger Suhr ... J.S.A.
Volker Hauptvogel Volker Hauptvogel ... Man with Gun
Harald Weis Harald Weis ... Dead in Garden
Heike Surban Heike Surban ... Prostitute (as Heike S.)
Patricia Leipold Patricia Leipold ... Prostitute
Elke Fuchs Elke Fuchs ... Prostitute
Margit Im Schlaa Margit Im Schlaa ... Prostitute
Suza Kohlstedt Suza Kohlstedt ... Vera (as Susa Kohlstedt)
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Storyline

Graphic, low-budget gore-shocker about Rob and Betty, a couple of ordinary necrophiles who apparently don't mind if their dead sexual partners are not so fresh. Rob's job affords him the opportunity to bring home corpses and the odd body part; when he loses his job, he loses Betty, and Rob's life gets REALLY bizarre. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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Taglines:

A film about love for man and what remains of him. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1987 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Некромантик See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jelinski & Buttgereit See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jörg Buttgereit said in an interview that he never intended to be a director and Nekromantik was just a film to rebel against the German film rating system, trying to shock as many people as possible. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: What lives that does not live from the death of someone else? V.L. Compton
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Alternate Versions

A Laserdisc version released in USA 1998 contains an English dubbed version. See more »

Connections

References Matador (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Ménage à trois
Written by John Boy Walton
Performed by John Boy Walton
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Disturbing, gory and strong.
24 September 2004 | by mrphantasmSee all my reviews

Nekromantik is an authentic piece of horror. And that is what many people feel about this work. Some people wish had not cross paths with something so dark. That is true horror.

Nekromantik is very hardcore and graphic. There are only a few movies that can be in the same league in its genre. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the first one and original) had demented characters that finally are not punished like they always are in moral guided horror films. Cannibal Holocaust has a graphic approach similar to this film. Some moments of the first Hellraiser (it included a romantic scene of a woman and a resurrected corpse) could be compared.

But Nekromantik dares to go further than those movies (with less money), there's no moral view over the necrophilia... it is treated lightly, like ordinary everyday stuff. I don't want to spoil anything but I suggest you to pay attention to the last scene... if that's not completely disgusting I don't know where is the disgusting stuff in cinema.

Buttgereit like many filmmakers used horrifying and gory elements in his first steps. In most cases when an amateur director does 'zombie movie', intentionally or unintentionally, the final result is a comedy. Even if they want to be taken seriously, in most cases people just laugh at what they see. This author made a comedy that most people feel it's not funny at all. Maybe it's because of the particular German sense of humor or something else. Buttgereit's cinema is shocking and bizarre. Those are two compliments that Buttgereit achieved with Blood (many blood and guts also), sweat and tears. But I don't want to be misunderstood; I challenge people to see this movie, because it's ground breaking (even today) not like the typical 'Scream-clones' out there.


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