There are films in the world that gain so much buzz over being controversial that sometimes you just have to see it for yourself. That was definitely the case with today’s film Nekromantik which was banned in seven or maybe even more countries out there in the world, but it’s available on Shudder. Robert Schmadtke (Bernd Daktari Lorenz) is a street sweeper who gets called every time someone dies and they need them to take the bodies away. What his company doesn’t know is that Robert likes to take various bodies and body parts home for his and his girlfriend Betty’s (Beatrice Manowski) own enjoyment if you catch my drift. One day after showing up late to work, Robert gets fired and has to face Betty with the band news. After she walks out on him, everything in Robert’s world turns upside down. The film also stars Harald Lundt (Der Todesking: The Death King) as Bruno, Colloseo Schulzendorf as Joe, Henri Boeck as Joe’s Streetcleaning Agency (J.S.A.) Employee, Volker Hauptvogel (Schramm: Into the Mind of a Serial Killer) as Man With Gun, Harald Weis as Dead In Garden, Suza Kohlstedt (The Neverending Story III) as Vera, and the film was written and directed by Jörg Buttgereit (Nekromantik 2).
This film is everything twisted that you thought it would be just from the title alone. It’s like the German director was unsatisfied with what was out there in the horror world and he was like I can do better and gross you out even worse. How about I take everything society would be too afraid to watch on screen and I’ll film it like bashing a cat until he is dead and then taking his guts and rubbing it on your body. How about we take some shots of a man killing and then skinning a rabbit while we flash back to our main character dissecting a human body on screen too. The director also tries to be artsy at times with close up shots of people urinating (which was annoying) or a caterpillar crawling on the main characters arm. After having to sit through what we had to endure during this film, it’s hard to care about the artistic shots or the create freedom behind them. There is one scene that is really cool and it’s a decapitation scene that comes towards the end of the film. It just looked like something Troma would have shot with the way it was pulled off. I’m not sure that I want to recommend this film to anyone unless you want to sit through it for yourself. It’s definitely NSFW (Not Safe For Work) and it’s definitely not safe for kids either. Viewer discretion is advised. I am going to give the film an C- for a final grade. I just wasn’t a fan of it.