Dir: Jorg Buttgereit, 1987
It’s the same old story…
Jorg Buttgereit’s infamous, and controversial, love story about necro love is…different to the least.
Rob Schmadtke (Daktari Lorenz), works for a clean up agency. By cleaning up, he removes dead bodies.
Rob lives with his girlfriend, Betty (Beatrice Manowski). Both are necrophiles. Rob brings the bodies (or it’s remnants) home for their sexual pleasure.
Bringing a corpse home, he and his girlfriend have a threesome with the cadaver. By impaling a metal pipe in the body’s scrotum (and using a condom because they’re, like, y’know, big on the whole safety thing !They’re not sick!), Betty is able to mount the unfortunate victim until she reaches orgasm.
Eventually, Betty falls in love with the rotting carcass and leaves Rob, taking the body with her, after he is fired from his job.
In a fit of heartbroken rage, he kills their pet cat and leaves it hanging over the bath.
Rob commits suicide by stabbing himself in the stomach, ejaculating as he dies.
Filmed what looks like a zero budget, Buttgereit this German rom-com is not for the faint of heart.
Despite its very limited budget, the effects are incredibly impressive. Eyeballs are extracted and masticated. The decaying flesh of the corpse, complete with slime, does, on occasion, make you wince.
The subject is best suited to the underground type of film like this. Grainy and scratchy.
Like all art films, Nekromantik smacks of pretension. Buttegereit uses this excuse to push the boundaries. For some, esoteric, reason, there is a gratuitous shot of someone micturating. Why? This doesn’t add anything to the film. If it doesn’t enhance the plot, then it doesn’t belong.
Although, there are scenes of necrophilia the most disturbing bit, for me, was the killing of the rabbit.
Filmed in a no holds barred fashion, the poor, defenceless animal has it’s throat slit and is skinned. That is more distressing than dead body sex.
Knowing that the film would never get a certificate, in the UK, distributors did not make any effort to submit the film.
However, in 2014, DVD distributor, Arrow Films, acquired the rights and took a chance. Without hesitating, the board happily issued an ’18’ certificate to the uncut version.
Other parts of the world were not quite as successful. Australia, for example, banned the film and haven’t shifted their decision.
It’s not bad. More of an experimental piece, really. Once you’ve seen it, you wouldn’t run out to watch it, again.
See it for its notoriety but there’s not really any other reason seek it out.