Film Review: Nekromantik 2 (1991)
As a fan of extreme cinema, you would think I would be all about this movie. In regards to extreme cinema, however, I find I only watch most of these films just to say I saw them. There just isn’t a ton of rewatchability for me in certain areas, or sub-genres, of extreme cinema. I have mentioned these areas in previous posts, they are vomit gore and necrophilia. To me, the Nekromantik films are the film world’s equivalent to GWAR in the music industry. Their sole purpose for creation was to piss off their critics and shock their audience. The big difference for me is the fact that I love GWAR and their purposely offensive nature. I can listen to them over and over again. The Nekromantik films, on the other hand, are good for a viewing or two over a twenty year period and that’s it. What follows is part two of my review of the duology.
This film tries to have everything the first film had. It tries to have more gore, more sex, and more artistic value. Unfortunately, it does not. I have already said that I will only buy the Blu-ray versions if they go on some ridiculous Amazon sale in the future. I am only willing to own them to say I have them and to freak my friends out. It is because there isn’t much new to say about this film, that I will get around to my final rating a bit quicker than I did in my review of the first film.
All of my positive comments in regards to the sequel come from the makeup effects. The final scene is insanely bloody and filled with wonderful gore. It was incredibly disturbing. Let me just say, they took the standard decapitation in a whole new direction. It is a scene that will be greatly appreciated by any fan of the horror genre. This technique is also one of the best things about the film. The film takes the disturbing to a whole new level, by simply filming scenes for a little longer than viewer will be comfortable looking at them.
I love how this style is used in individual scenes, but not throughout the film. This second film is thirty minutes longer than the first. There are exhaustively long scenes in this film, most of which are not needed at all. A film like this really only needs 75 minutes, like the first film. Instead, you view the two main characters on a ferris wheel or in a love montage, for sequences that seem to go on forever. It is frustrating and downright annoying. Especially since it is all just building up to a final scene that is trying to create a more fucked up ending than the insanely disturbing finale of the first film. Sadly, this film’s climax does not outdo the one in the first film. But it is still pretty damn memorable, and will rank up there with one of the sickest endings you have ever seen.
If you’ve made it this far, I’m proud of you. I’m impressed by your determination and worried about your mental well-being. But hey, if you’re reading this you’re probably into this sort of thing. So, if you’re one of these people, I’m sorry to say that this film does absolutely nothing to improve upon the first film. It is not as gory, not as disturbing, and not nearly as artistic. Although necrophilia is not my preferred form of disturbance, I still expect shocking content from a film that is the sequel to one of the most shocking films ever made. The only thing this sequel increases is the run time, and that was the only thing that was not needed. So I have to give this film a 5/10. It is just a step below the first film in all aspects. The bottom line is that it is probably not worth buying unless this is a genre of which you are truly a fan.
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