Blu Ray Review: Necromantik

It’s weird reviewing a re-release of a movie. It’s safe to assume that the film being re-release has developed a fan base or some sort of following because why else would the movie be getting a once over and shiny new package? And with that the release is meant for that faithful following. It wouldn’t matter what I said about the film because those that are going to buy it will regardless of what I say. I am aware there is the chance that some people will discover the film during the re- releases and this following will expand. It’s a way for a whole new generation of cinephiles to dive into cult films and  When it comes to Jörg Buttgereit’s 1987 shocker, Necromantik and its recent release from Cult Epic Films, this is the only way discover (or re-discover) the film! A must own for horror fans and a crowning jewel in DVD collection.

So I am just going to come right out of the gate and let you know: I totally dig Necromantik!  Yes, I enjoy a German  movie that has been banned from as many countries as Mylie Cyrus has from award shows (just googled, it she’s never been banded and she is not Andrew Dice Clay… That’s what I get for trying to be topical…) about bizarre necrophilia that makes me grossly uncomfortable and question every choice I have made in life! I’ve also seen it multiple time and each time I was hesitant before each viewing. Also tells you a lot about my poor impulse control. What can I say I’m a glutton for punishment.

For those who may not know, Necromantik tells the tale of street cleaner Rob, who along with his lady friend have an “interesting” obsession with dead bodies. Their house is littered with jarred body parts Rob gets from cleaning fatal car accidents, that the couple enjoy fondling in their spare time. Then one day Rob gets his hands on a mostly decomposed corpse and his wildest (and disgusting) fantasies are about to come true. But remember that old saying about being careful what you wish for or else your significant other might become sexually obsessed with a mostly decompsed corpse and forget about you (I think that’s it)? Apparently, Rob hasn’t either.

Buttgereit filmed Necromantik on 8mm and the HD version is taken from this negative, which looks great, but I recommend skipping this and heading straight to 35mm theatrical HD transfer. It kicks off with an introduction from Buttgereit and has all the scratches and pops grindhouse fans will really appreciate. And this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the awesomeness that Epic Cult has loaded on this disk. A live Q&A with Buttgereit from a 2013 screening of Necromantik, behind the scenes footage, feature-length making of documentary and new commentary with the director and writer  give you all the bang for your buck you could ask for. And that’s not every bonus feature you get!

A film this notorious and infamous deserves a release this grandiose. Cult Epic has delivered what fans deserve and so much more. I do feel it necessary to say that Necromantik contains extremely graphic scenes of depravity and necrophilia. Persons who might be more on the sensitive side or have weak stomachs might want to skip this one. But for the rest of us sick bastards dig in and enjoy thie epic, must own Blu Ray!

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