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Necronos: Tower of Doom (2010)

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Necronos Tower of Doom (2010)
Studio: Infernal Films

Distributed By:  Troma Entertainment
DVD Release: March 11, 2014
Director:  Marc Rohnstock
Rating:  Unrated

Reviewed By James M. Dubs

I’ll watch anything…including Necronos Tower of Doom (2010).

Troma Entertainment’s release of the forgotten 1989 crime/mystery Dangerous Obsession (you can read my review here) left me with an unfulfilled need for Troma-centric gore, sleaze, and shock. I felt I needed some small amount of vindication and thought to look elsewhere in my stack of DVDs/blu-rays to get my fix. Coincidentally, as I was trying to make my selection, fellow critic and friend James Klein posted a review for the new blu-ray release of Cannibal Holocaust (which can be viewed here). As luck would have it, I had another Troma film on my desk; an export from the German horror underground that claimed to make “Cannibal Holocaust look like The Jungle Book.” Oh boy…

Film Rating: ½☆☆☆☆ (Most People)

Film Rating: ★★★★★ (the rest of you, and you know who you are…)

NEC_1Be careful what you wish for. I asked for trash. I asked for gore. I asked for shock. I got it.

I’m going to start by asking a series of questions…

  1. Do you like, or are you interested in watching Cannibal Holocaust?
  2. Do you enjoy films by Herschell Gordon Lewis?
  3. What are your thoughts on the The Human Centipede?

If your answers to these questions look something like – 1) No 2) Who? 3) I prefer to have intimate relations with only one partner, thank you – then you’re better off skipping Necronos: Tower of Doom (2010) all together. On the other hand, if the aforementioned questions represent films in the top echelons of your movie catalog then you may have found your next purchase.

NEC_2The plot, if you can call it that, is essentially about Necronos, servant of Satan, trying to raise an army of the dead to overtake the world. He is helped by loyal demon Goran who stalks the country side, kidnapping countless victims to torture, maim, and murder. Oh, and they’re trying to find a witch that is pure blood (a virgin) so they may unleash hell’s minions. That basically covers it.  Really the movie just amounts to torture scene after torture scene in an attempt to further shock and gross out. The plot and story really don’t matter.

For about 2 hours and 7 minutes, give or take, you will be witness to LOADS of nudity (almost every female is naked in this thing), bludgeoning, decapitations, severed limbs, bodies ground into pulp, a fetus ripped out of a pregnant woman (yep, she’s naked too), and a stake shoved up a girl’s lady bits, impaling her from crotch to mouth. This last bit even comes with a tasteless close up of the woman’s nether region as blood spurts forth. Are you feeling what I’m putting down?

NEC_3Necronos: Tower of Doom is so misogynistic, tasteless, and crude that it’s not really worth discussing further. I can’t believe I’m about to waste my breath lofting an actual criticism at this movie, but here goes…  The above paragraph sounds shocking because I’ve mentioned some of the “worst parts.” What I don’t tell you is that prior to getting to some of the most tasteless scenes, you’ve already watched over 40 minutes of torture/sex/filth so you essentially become numb to the entire experience. Would this movie piss-off my dad as pure trash? Absolutely! But the point I’m trying to make is that even for those of you who enjoy good shock-cinema, you will most likely become numb to the experience. The director has no capability or skill at holding his punches back and after a while you just stop feeling the blows.

All of this being said Necronos: Tower of Doom does have an audience, most likely comprised of angry teenage boys who might otherwise be forbidden from seeing this movie if their parents knew such movies existed. Some of you may be wondering, “Do you have anything nice to say about this movie?” If you’re asking that then this movie is not for you, because the people who like this kind of trash will see nothing but a glowing praise in my critique.

Video & Audio Rating: ½☆☆☆☆

NEC_4Do you still own a 4:3 cathode ray tube TV? Dust it off and plug it in, because Necronos is going to look terrible on anything above an old standard definition TV. And even then, it will still probably look terrible. The source material is from a standard definition camcorder and resembles a bootleg VHS from Germany’s horror underground. This will no doubt be a positive for a few of you, but for most people readily used to HD broadcasting, the bad image quality will be a deal breaker (assuming the copious amounts of filth wasn’t already).

You may have noticed the screen shots. The black boarders around the image is not a screen capture mistake. The DVD presents Necronos in a non-anamorphic widescreen, which means it’s not formatted for widescreen TV presentation. The screen caps represent what the viewing experience will be on your typical HDTV.

Audio is in German stereo with English subtitles. The audio is passable considering everything else is so sub-par.

Extras Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

NEC_5There are only two supplements that involve the feature:

  1. A selection of stills from the movie’s production
  2. Trailers for Necronos: Tower of Doom

The rest of the extras, like the ones on Dangerous Obsession, are the same ones available on other Troma DVD releases and include:

  1. Radiation March
  2. How the Director Helps Sell His Own Movie! A Lesson with Filmmaker James Gunn
  3. Troma Trailers

The DVD also comes with a reversible cover just in case the cover pictured above is not tasteless enough for you.

Overall Rating: ½☆☆☆☆ (Most People)

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆ (Perverts and sickos)

NEC_6Obviously, I’m not a fan, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be. Necronos: Tower of Doom has a very specific audience and if you’re the kind of person who has a high tolerance for bad video and likes to watch tasteless trash designed to shock, disgust, and induce vomiting then you may feel secure in purchasing Necronos: Tower of Doom. For the rest of you, why are you still reading this? Avoid at all costs.

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- who has written 64 posts on UnRated Film Review Magazine | Movie Reviews, Interviews.

James Dubs is a father and husband who loves his family first and movies a close second. He believes every movie is worth watching once and, as a film fan and critic, believes that even the worst movies offer something in return. His mission is to watch anything and report without pretension. Follow James Dubs on Twitter and send him suggestions on movies you would like reviewed - popular, obscure, independent, etc. He'll watch anything for you.

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