Nekromantik is a 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 gets smacked with a stick.
- Content Warnings: "Warning: Some of this film may be seen as grossly offensive and should not be shown to minors!!!"
- Country Matters: "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: Hearts, eyeballs, 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.
- Disposable Sex Worker: Rob kills, then rapes, a prostitute.
- Driven to Suicide: Rob's first attempt, with alcohol and pills, is unsuccessful. Later, he just knifes himself.
- 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.
- Peek-a-Boo Corpse: A body in a bathtub.
- 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: Especially the partial decapitation, and what happens to that poor bunny.
- 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.
- No Animals Were Harmed: The rabbit killing was real. Doesn't look like the cat death was.
- Numbered Sequels: Nekromantik 2!
- One-Word Title: But it consists of two words crammed together.
- Out with a Bang: While stabbing himself, Rob starts jizzing all over the place.
- Portman Title: Try and guess what two words make it up.
- Re-Cut: As to be expected with this type of film.
- Sequel Hook: The film ends with a woman digging up Rob's body.
- Severed Head Sports: Rob and his dream girl play catch with a decapitated head.
- Shovel Strike: Rob beheads the cemetery guard with his own shovel.
- Shower of Angst: Rob bathes (in blood, admittedly) after Betty's departure.
- Silence Is Golden: There are long stretches with no dialogue.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Such a beautiful soundtrack for such an ugly little film.
- Take That!: While both Nekromantik films feature in-depth stories and character development, Word of God says they were mainly made to piss off the notoriously strict German censors and Moral Guardians.
- Unabashed B-Movie Fan: Rob goes to a skid row theatre to watch a Slasher Movie.
- Urine Trouble: The film begins with a woman peeing on a dead bird.
- Villainous Breakdown: Rob tries to kill himself, fails, murders two people, then successfully kills himself.