Friday, March 6, 2015
Blu-ray Review: NEKROMANTIK 2 (1991)
Directed by Jörg Buttgereit
Distributed by Cult Epics / CAV Distributing
A little while back I had the privilege of reviewing Cult Epics release of the 1988 film, NEKROMANTIK. Now I am proud to present my review of the film's sequel, NEKROMANTIK 2. This film has also been released by Cult Epics in a limited edition DVD and Blu-ray! Here is the basic plot of the film from the film's Amazon.com page:
From director Jorg Buttgereit comes Nekromantik 2, the gore horror sequel to his 1987 classic Nekromantik. Monika (Monika M.) is a beautiful necrophiliac who lives alone in Berlin. By day she works as a nurse. By night she prowls through cemeteries while searching for fresh corpses. When she reads about the suicide of Rob (Nekromantik's Daktari Lorenz) she finds his grave to dig up his body and brings it home. Mark (Mark Reeder) lives across town and makes his living dubbing sex films. After meeting Monika, romance blossoms and they fall in love. But all is not well in Monika's world. Her relationship with Mark begins to falter and she has to make a final choice between loving the living or the dead.
Very seldom does a sequel outshine the original, but such is the case here with NEKROMANTIK 2. While the original was a good film, you can see vast improvements in all aspects with this 2nd installment. I assume the budget was much larger for this 2nd film, as the production quality seems much improved.
One thing that really stood out in this film was the cinematography and some of the very unique camera angles and shots. This film has a very artistic feel to it, which is very strange considering the unique subject matter. Gorehounds will be very satisfied as well, as there are some very gruesome images, and some very slimy, nasty looking corpses on display!
This is shock cinema at it's finest, and fans of shocking, taboo cinema definitely need to check this one out if you haven't seen it. The new transfer from Cult Epics is wonderful. While this film won't be for everyone, it's an important part of film history for sure. NEKROMANTIK 2 is available now on limited edition DVD and Blu-ray and contains the following special features:
* New Director's Approved HD transfer (taken from the original 16mm negative)
* New Introduction by Jorg Buttgereit (2014)
* Audio Commentary by Jorg Buttgereit, co-author Franz Rodenkirchen, and actors Monika M. and * Mark Reeder
* The Making of Nekromantik 2
* Still Photo Gallery
* JB Trailers
* Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
* Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2011) Live
* 20th Anniversary Live Concert performed by Monika M. and Friends - Video (2011)
* A Moment of Silence At the Grave of Ed Gein, Short film by Jorg Buttgereit (2012)
* Half Girl Lemmy, I'm A Feminist, Music video by Jorg Buttgereit (2014)
* LIMITED EDITION 5000 (BD) Copies / 2000 (DVD) Copies
* Includes Nekromantik 2 Collectible Artwork by Johnny Ryan & Nekrophilia photo of Monika M.
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer (**WARNING - Not Safe For Work**)
CLICK HERE to purchase the film