Monday, October 12, 2015

Necrophile Passion

Director - Tom Heidenberg
Starring - Gunther Brandi (Zombies From Outer Space), Eldrid Remy (Hot Dreams), and Kathrarina Buchberger (Moor-Monster!)
Release Date - 2013
Genre - Horror
Format - DVD (Personal Collection) (Screener)

Rating (out of 5):
     Extreme horror has earned it's place in horror culture with films like August Underground, A Serbian Film, The Human Centipede and so many more.  Some of these films offer up a decent story that has more shock than it does substance but most are just films trying to see how far they can push boundaries and disgust viewers instead of actually entertaining them.  One extreme horror film that I heard about years ago was the German classic Nekromantik.  This romantic love story revolved around necrophilia and gained a vast cult following over the years.  Very few films tackled the theme of necrophilia over the years but in 2013 director Tom Heidenberg took the subject on with his directorial debut in his film Necrophile Passion which was released by my friends over at Black Lava Entertainment.  I reached out to them about the film and they were kind enough to send a copy my way.
     The film follows a young man who is terrorized his entire life by the women around him.  His mother growing up was very mean to him often yelling at him for no reason.  He soon meets a woman that also treats him like shit.  Things change when he finds a young woman's body in the woods nude and covered in blood.  Instead of doing the right thing, he takes her body back to his house to fulfill his sexual fantasies before seeking out his ex-girlfriend to put things back in their places.
     Most horror fans enjoy, or at least pretend to enjoy, extreme horror flicks.  They love the extremes these films go and how no subject is too taboo for these films.  Nekromantik is a film that a good portion of horror fans enjoy but I just don't dig it.  The film is just too boring and any attempt to be sexy is ruined by the rotting corpse.   Necrophile Passion is a film that borrowed heavily from Nekro and for the most part it feels like a no-budget remake of the film.  This film tries nothing different and for that the film is no different than Nekro other than this one lacks the atmosphere that we get from the original.  The acting in this one is a bit weak by the entire cast.  They all have a hard time finding their character and when they do they have a hard time being consistent and staying in that character.  Experience was definitely a factor.  The story for this one is the same as Nekro with nothing different and nothing entertaining added.  The film moves as a snails pace with flashback scenes added to further cause confusion.  Originality is nowhere to be seen here.  Finally, the film does not really have any on screen kills but it is full of of gore and decent practical effects.  The gore looks great and the practical effects are amazing but they can't, unfortunately, save the film.  Overall, Necrophile Passion is a slow moving film that offers up nothing new or entertaining.  The film is bloody but that is about all it has going for it.


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