Inexplicably, a lively young woman is slowly dying. What started as a rash and a grotesque dark bruise, it keeps spreading, and, even though she still holds on, a terrible scourge is eating her alive from the inside. Now, her job at the hospital, her friends, and her love life have all become fractions of a once-regular life, as, sooner or later, her body will blemish from the blooming flowers of decay, and the stigmata of an unfathomable punishment that demands a transcendental change. Little by little--as the festering wounds claim the remaining flesh--the woman finds herself reduced to a mere fragment of her former self, with a few grim Polaroids being the only remnants of her existence. Inevitably, before Death's omnipotence, any resistance is futile, as the feeble and malleable flesh succumbs to life's ultimate truth: what was once alive, undoubtedly, shall perish.Written by
[Referring to the bruise]
Where did you get that?
I don't know. It was there when I woke up this morning. Maybe it's just a spider bite...
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Something different and unusual for sure
A couple has sex. As the guy is about to leave, he steps into a nail and bleeds all over the place. The girl takes care of the injury. She is an artists living in a small apartment working on something that looks like a head sculpture. She goes to bed. On the ceiling is some rot that looks like female private parts. She pleases herself and develops a rash on her inner thigh. She looses some of her hair. When she showers the next morning she has some hematomas. One of her finger nails comes off. That evening she hosts a party for her lame friends. One of the guys there has the hots for her. Her guy gets jealous and confronts her later and forces her to aggressive sex. Later at night she wakes up and vomits blood on him. He leaves and she stays alone for several days as her hematomas grow larger. She vomits more frequently. When the guy who is interested in her stops by to visit she's looking in serious bad shape. Nonetheless she's horny and performs a sex act on him and again ends up vomiting. The guy wants to take her to the hospital so she kills him.
While her body continues to waste away, she has nightmares, but just accepts her condition. Her ear comes off, her finger breaks off, her entire body is becoming necrotic. Her joints start separating, but she just stores the body parts in jars or glues them back. Later she uses duct tape to tape herself together. At this point maggots are coming out of her body. Her guy shows up but she kills him instead. Her decline continues.
That's all there is to Thanatomorphose--a woman's body completely degrading. There's very little dialogue and if there is any it's completely insignificant. We never find out what's causing her condition. The rot on the ceiling may be of significance. It too expands as her condition worsens Her nightmares were filmed in some awful 80s visual effect. What bothered me the most though was how dark this movie was filmed. In horror movies no on ever bothers to turn the lights on. These people are perfectly happy to spend their lives in darkness. Here, the girl even covers up the windows so during the few scenes filmed during the day we don't get to see much either.
On the good side though, this movie does get to you, after all, you're watching an hour and a half of decomposition. And this isn't something you're going to see in any other movie. So the director deserves some kudos for going through with the idea. It even makes you think about death a little. The effects are pretty good. Occasionally she looks burned rather than necrotic, but the final scene is excellent and reminded me of the the goriest movie ever Bone Sickness. For a lower budget extreme horror movie, Thanatomophose works.
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