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"Ground-breakingly gruesome. The first erotic film for necrophiles."

"What lives that does not live from the death of someone else?"
— Opening Quote by V.L. Compton

Nekromantik is a West German horror film released in 1987.

Meet Robert Schmadtke, or just Rob, an outwardly normal (but meek) German man who lives with his girlfriend Betty, and works for Joe's Streetcleaning Agency. What does Joe's Streetcleaning Service specialize in? Body parts. And that's just perfect for Rob, since he and Betty are necrophiliacs. Every once in a while, Rob just pilfers some random pieces of the mangled bodies at his worksites, taking them home and preserving them in jars for him and Betty to play with, his latest score being from a grisly car crash.

One day, Rob hits the mother lode, stealing a rotted, waterlogged corpse he and his co-workers were charged with moving. Taking the corpse home, Rob and Betty waste no time in having a ménage a trois with it. Unfortunately for Rob, his happiness does not last long, as he is fired from his job due frequent tardiness, prompting Betty to verbally emasculate him, and run off with the corpse. Now alone, Rob is left to spiral into a deep and disturbing depression...


A sequel, simply titled Nekromantik 2, was released in 1991.

No relation to Necromantic.

This film provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Accidental Murder: A man accidentally shoots his apple picking neighbor in the neck.
  • Blood Bath: Betty's has one in blood from an unidentified source, while Rob takes his in cat blood and guts.
  • Burial at Sea: After accidentally killing your neighbor, the best thing to do is just stuff the body in a wheelbarrow, and dump it in some water.
  • Carry a Big Stick: The rabbit that the farmer kills in Rob's daydream first gets smacked in the head with a stick.
  • Cleanup Crew: Joe's Streetcleaning Agency where Rob works at. Rob takes advantage of this job to steal human remains but eventually gets fired for always being late.
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  • Content Warnings: The very first shot in the film is a content warning.
    "Warning: Some of this film may be seen as grossly offensive and should not be shown to minors!!!"
  • Country Matters: When the prostitute mocks Rob's apparent erectile dysfunction, he angrily shouts "Don't laugh at me, you cunt!"
  • Creator Cameo: Director and writer Jorg Buttgereit plays one of the Joe's Streetcleaning Agency workers.
  • Creepy Cemetery: Rob kills and rapes a prostitute in it, then murders its groundskeeper.
  • Creepy Souvenir: Rob takes home various human remains that he steals from work. Ranging from human hearts to a fetus.
  • Cute Kitten: After being fired, Rob gets one to try and appease Betty. After realizing she's left, he stuffs it in a bag, and beats it to death.
  • Daylight Horror: Everything except the car crash and the murder of the prostitute takes place in broad daylight.
  • The Dead Have Eyes: The corpse Rob brings home that he and Betty fool around with still has its eyes in tact despite being rotted to the point of being skeletal. Rob had a frequent habit of sucking one of said eyes out of the corpse's socket...
  • Death by Mocking: The prostitute that Rob hires near the end of the film makes fun of his erectile dysfunction, which ends up getting her strangled to death.
  • Decapitation Presentation: The Woman in White that appears in Rob's bizarre dream hands him a box with a rotted, decapitated head inside. It even came gift wrapped.
  • Disposable Sex Worker: Rob hires a prostitute to satisfy his libido, but then proceeds to kill and rape her in that order.
  • Dramatic Drop: When the cemetery guard finds Rob and the dead prostitute, he drops the shovel he was olding in shock. Big mistake on his part.
  • Driven to Suicide: Rob's first attempt, with alcohol and pills, is unsuccessful. Later, he just knifes himself.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Rob starts drinking heavily after Betty leaves him. It cumulates in an unsuccessful suicide attempt by mixing pills and alcohol together.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Betty has raven black hair and slightly pale skin.
  • Extreme Doormat: Rob is pit of a pushover, letting himself get berated by his co-workers, Betty, a movie-goer, and a prostitute. Though he finally develops some backbone by the time the prostitute mocks him... albeit with strangulation involved.
  • Eye Scream: The driver losing an eye, the rabbit having both of its gouged out, and Rob sucking the corpse's eye out and spitting it back into the socket.
  • Facial Horror: Rob is missing half of his face during his dream.
  • Flash Back: Rob performing an autopsy, and the rabbit slaughter, which is later shown in reverse.
  • Gag Penis: Rob unleashes a superhuman-level of ejaculate while committing suicide.
  • Gorn: For a film centered on necrophilia, there's surprisingly little of it. However, the partial decapitation and the skinning of the rabbit are definitely quite bloody.
  • Grave Robbing: A variation; Rob steals a corpse that he was supposed to take to the morgue.
  • I Love the Dead: In case the title didn't tip you off, the film revolves around a man, his girlfriend, and their obsession with human remains.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The source of the steak Rob and Betty have for breakfast is never identified.
  • Impromptu Tracheotomy: The apple picker getting shot in the neck.
  • Kick the Dog: Rob smashing the cat to death, and bathing in its spilled innards. At least his previous sexual proclivities weren't directly hurting anyone.
  • Kill 'Em All: About half of the cast, which is admittedly small, is dead by the end.
  • Leave the Camera Running: So many long, long scenes.
  • Le Film Artistique: Of the "True Art is Offensive" kind.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: After hiring a prostitute and taking her to a cemetery, Rob is unable to get it up.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: Rob bares all, primarily in his bathing scene.
  • Meadow Run: Rob dreams about participating in a very odd one involving, among others things, flailing intestines and a head used a ball.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The threesome is shot like something out of a classy vintage porno, coming complete with beautiful music, slow motion, and artsy angles.
  • Mushroom Samba: The combination of alcohol and pills causes Rob to have a vision where he wakes up in a bodybag with half his face gone. A girl in white approaches him with a severed head in a box, which they play catch with before it transforms into entrails, which Rob dances through the meadow with.
  • Nameless Narrative: You can count the number of named characters on one hand.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Betty and Rob, who have quite the grisly collection.
  • Re-Cut: As to be expected with this type of film.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Rob tries to kill himself, fails, murders two people, then successfully kills himself.

Alternative Title(s): Nekromantik 2