NEKROMANTIK 2

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Porn of the dead, take two. As if he hadn't repulsed audiences enough in 1987 with his infamous Nekromantik, filth merchant Jörg Buttgereit returns with a second bout of kinky cavorting with cadavers. Specifically Robert, last seen stabbing himself to death as the previous film ended. This sequel picks up where he left off, with Robert dead and buried. Enter lover Monika, who reclaims his corpse and brings it home for her own perverse pleasures.

There's domestic bliss for a while, until Rob starts to kick up a stink and Monika meets the decidedly alive Mark (Reeder) in a surprising meet-cute, and the pair begin tentatively dating. Scenes of Monika and Rob's stinky corpse sex are interspersed with more traditional rom-com imagery, such as the pair eating ice creams, riding a Ferris wheel and Mark finding a disembodied decomposing dick in her refrigerator. Well it wouldn't be a decent romantic comedy without some sort of big undisclosed secret in the way, would it?

There's a surprising amount of story at play, compared to the first film's relatively basic body horror porn. Like the step up in quality from Evil Dead to Evil Dead 2 or Night to Dawn of the Dead, this is a confident, more ambitious take on the first film – still experimental, but slicker and more 'traditional- as traditional as a film about gross cadaver copulation can ever get, anyway. Curiously, the added technical sheen makes Nekromantik II feel less exciting than its predecessor, the artifice more visible. That gets you a gorgeous soundtrack, hypnotic fantasy sequences and a bit of bizarro with a pair of nudists eating boiled eggs on a rooftop, but there's nothing to compare to the feeling of discovering Nekromantik for the first time.

Still, Buttgereit has lost none of his ability to repulse, with there being something to offend pretty much all audiences. While the sex seems (mildly) toned down, the special effects are horribly effective, and a drawn-out bit containing real animal cruelty will have many a hardened carnivore considering vegetarianism a viable lifestyle choice for years to come.

All of this, accompanied by a catalogue of documentaries, special features and interviews, wrapped up with the care and attention we've come to expect from Arrow by now. Disgusting, horrifying, mesmerising and awful, Nekromantik II is the most beautiful terrible thing you will ever see. 

Special Features: Polaroid Postcards / Limited Edition Book / Soundtrack CD / Image Gallery / Audio Commentary / Trailers / Short Films / Introduction / Outtakes / Concert Footage / Music Videos / Making Of

NEKROMANTIK 2 / CERT: 18 / DIRECTOR: JÖRG BUTTGEREIT / SCREENPLAY: JÖRG BUTTGEREIT, FRANZ RODENKIRCHEN / STARRING: MONIKA M, MARK REEDER, CAROLA EWERS, ASTRID EWERS / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW

 


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