Thursday, October 23, 2014

Loving the Dead: Jörg Buttgereit's NEKRomantik

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Director: Jörg Buttgereit

Cast: Bernd Daktari Lorenz, Beatrice Kanowski

Cult Epics / Region A / Unrated / 1.33:1 Fullscreen / German Dolby Digital 2.0 (original) and 5.1 / English subtitles / 75 minutes

Extras: Introduction By Jörg Buttgereit / Q&A With Jörg Buttgereit At The American Cinematheque (2013) / Never Released Before Short Film - Hot Love (1985) 45 Minutes / Audio Commentary By Jörg Buttgereit And Co-author Franz Rodenkirchen / The Making Of Nekromantik / Nekromantik Featurette / Still Photo Gallery / Jörg Buttgereit Trailers

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NEKRomantik, NEKRomantik, NEKRomantik. The name is synonymous with "shock" and heralded as the epitome of sleaze. Jörg Buttgereit's 1987 West German low-budget 8mm film was banned in several countries for "graphic depictions of necrophilia" and has since become a legend of the horror and exploitation underground. When lazy websites do one of those fucking lists with a headline like "Top 20 Most Disturbing Movies Ever!" just to get clicks, NEKRomantik is inevitably on that list. Nearly every time someone is asked their top sickest movies of all-time, NEKRomantik is on their tongue. I dare say that a lot of the people who put it on it on their list have never actually watched the movie. More on that later...
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