Horror, Romance, Sequel

Nekromantik 2 (1991)

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Nekromantik 2 blu ray

Studio: Cult Epics

Theatrical Release: June 1991 (Germany)

Blu Ray Release: February 10, 2015

Director: Jorg Buttgereit

Not Rated

Review by James Klein

Jorg Buttgereit’s original 1987 gorefest was created based on the director’s own personal disgust with the censor boards in Germany. He wanted to conjure up a film that pushed the boundaries of good taste and succeeded in doing just that, thus creating an underground cult hit. His sequel, while similar in theme, is much more different in terms of style as the director wanted to make his own version of an “art house romance”.

Opening with black and white footage of the original’s climax, the movie begins with a woman named Monika (who also contributed to the film’s fantastic score) who goes into the graveyard where our hero is buried and digs him up. Taking the corpse back to her apartment, Monika slowly takes the clothes off the gooey and vile corpse and starts to have sex with it until she suddenly gets sick. She takes the body into the bathtub and starts to dismember it, tossing away everything but the head and penis.

The film’s subplot revolves around Mark, a young, handsome but yet geeky man who does voice over and looping work for adult films. While his girlfriend constantly runs late every time they go on a date thus keeping Mark waiting, he notices Monika at the movie theater and gives her his girlfriend’s ticket. The two decide to spend the evening together watching an art film (a black and white movie of an older man and woman totally nude eating eggs – don’t ask but it provided some much needed laughs) and spending the evening together.

As the film progresses Mark and Monika hit it off and a romance begins to unfold. However, Mark notices some strange things about his new girlfriend that start to perturb him. Why does she always want him to lay motionless while making love? Why does she always want to take strange pictures of Mark such as being strung upside down while naked? Why are her female friends sitting around one night watching a sea lion on TV being butcherd? Needless to say the final conflict between these two lovers comes to a very graphic ending that may rival anything that was shown in the first film.

While the original Nekromantik was an in your face, rock and roll, gorefest, the sequel is more of a disturbing romantic drama that is almost dream like in the way it was shot (Buttgereit had a bit higher budget this time) and written. Characters will just stare off into space at various moments or begin to have nightmares that don’t necessarily make much sense. While the films plodding is liable to make the viewer restless at times, Nekromantik 2 is a decent follow up to the more fast paced original. Monika M. is very cute as the lead, not to mention very brave to take on such a dark role. She has excellent screen presence and I only wish we saw more of her in other films (she does show up in Buttgereit’s Schramm a few years later).

Cult Epics blu ray is once again pretty damn awesome as they loaded the blu ray up with extras. There is a brief introduction by Buttgereit, calling the film a romance and not a horror movie, there is a making of documentary shot on 16 mm with Buttgereit narrating and explaining how difficult it was making an ambitious film on such a low budget, there are trailers for all of Buttgereit’s films (Cult Epics really needs to get their hands on Der Todeskin) a 20th anniversary concert where the musicians perform the score live in front of an audience in Germany, a bizarre silent brief clip of the graveyard where Ed Gein is buried, a music video by Half Girl directed by Buttgereit, and the option to listen to the film’s soundtrack. Two disappointing omissions is that the old out of print DVD by Barrel also included the short film Buttgereit directed called Manne: The Muwi as well as a radio interview with Buttgereit and co-writer Franz Rodenkirchen.

And how does the picture look? Well, given the fact it was shot on 16 mm, don’t expect perfection however this is the best the film has ever looked. The 1:33 presentation looks stunning compared to the old bootlegs that used to circulate as well as the old DVD.

While not as fast paced or constantly explicit as the original film, Nekromantik 2 is an interesting and faithful sequel that holds up well after 24 years.

Movie Rating: ★★★½☆

Blu Ray Rating: ★★★★☆

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