Nekromantik and the Story of European Censorship

Ask any horror movie enthusiast about the best of the best or the worst of the worst, and they’ll happily rattle off a list for you. Should you inquire about the more disturbing films that the genre has to offer, the German splatter exploitation flick Nekromantik would make more than a few of those lists. Controversial after all these years, the film is still banned in numerous European countries for its “graphic necrophilia content.” And it wasn’t even until last year that the British Board of Film Classification passed an uncut version of the film with an 18 rating.

All of this is made even more bizarre by the fact that the writer and director of the film, Jörg Buttgereit, has stated that the film is first and foremost a romance. According to him, any romantic film is the story of the emotional entanglement of three people. It just so happens that one of the three involved in the love triangle that is Nekromantik also happens to be a rotting corpse. The violence and necrophilia that then ensue as a result are just smaller details. And yet as small as these details are, they don’t make the film any easier to watch.

 

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Going back to the beginning, Jörg Buttgereit never really meant to be a filmmaker. Growing up in a still-walled Berlin, the now controversial artist spent his days as a child frequenting the cinema, cultivating an early interest in monsters and b-movies. As he got older, he began to tinker with film, but nothing really substantive came from him at this period of his life. It was mostly just the experimentation of an overly-creative adolescent mind. And though he produced content in the form of shorts and documentaries, it wasn’t until 1987 that Buttgereit really let loose and crafted the controversial film whose reputation far exceeded any and all expectations. It was then that Nekromantik was born.

Frustrated with the climate of state-enforced censorship, Buttgereit set out to craft a feature that, above all else, would push the boundaries of taste and acceptance as far as cinema is concerned. It’s doubtful that he knew that the film that he was making would forever go down in film history as one of the most controversial pictures ever shot. He was just trying to push buttons in the name of artistic freedom. Well, he succeeded, and Nekromantik, complete with its scenes of explicit violence and necrophilia, would take on a life of its own outside of the reach of the ratings boards of European government.

Just last year, Cult Epics, a distribution company specializing in horror and exploitation, acquired the rights to Nekromantik and released the film in high-definition. It almost feels wrong to view a film this visceral, this graphically vile in hi-def. And as gorgeous as the film now looks, it seems as if images these extreme shouldn’t be cleaned and sharpened for home video consumption. They should be left to wallow in the murky grain of VHS and Super 8. If we’re going to be voyeurs peering into the seedy underworld of Nekromantik, we should feel like showering after. You just have to decide if you’re going to take the plunge into that world.

 

 

 

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Joseph Curven
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Clásico.Realidad pura.

Victoria Kennedy
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Sarah Martino

Alejandro Muñoz
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Te acuerdas buen Jorge González , vimos esa y los videos de gore y escuchamos algo de judas y deicide, bien merol

Jorge González
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Si, buena pelicula, ya muchos años que la vimos, todo un clásico

Matthew Duffy
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Max Nunney

Todd Anderson
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This movie gives me a major woody everytime I watch it.

Rob Clark
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Funny, I just watched both of them again a couple weeks ago.

Humberto E Jaso Villasana
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Te acuerdas Sebas?

Robin Goodfellow
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It’s super skeezy to link illegal downloads. You guys wouldn’t do that for underground bands so why do it for film? The Blu Ray is easily purchasable now. Jorg Buttgereit is very against bootlegging and at events even states he won’t sign bootlegs. Support film makers.

Rob Laichalk
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Fuck you for posting an illegal link to Nekromantik in this article! What kind of asshole sings the praises of a film maker then takes fcking money out of his pocket like that?!?

Robin Goodfellow
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I commented too. Buttgereit even says at events that he is very against bootlegging and will not sign bootlegs.

Rob Laichalk
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Right? If the movie was not available I’d could agree with posting a link like that but for fucks sake it was just recently released!

Robin Goodfellow
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Yeah it’s on Blu ray and I think it’s like $20? cVlt nation wouldn’t post links to music for torrent. It’s scummy to do it to a film maker

Rob Laichalk
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Agreed

Rob Laichalk
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Rob Laichalk

What kind of bullshit is this? You sing the praises of the film maker yet have a link to an illegal stream of his movie?!? Fuck you for that!!!

Jerry Tetpon
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And I own this!

Bane Jovanović
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Stefan Maksimovic

Kevin Hites
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Chris Moriarity… Read the comments too….

Michael Munyon
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Nadia

Michael Ronald
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Nice to see men of my age seeing some action.

Rickey Russell
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I love the film simply because it does push my limits of what I consider horror, and art. Necrophilia is a concept that makes my skin crawl, more so than any other subject next to beastiality in our society, so part of my twisted pleasure in watching horror is to make myself watch films that address the topic. Of course it is easier when you know that it is shown more as symbolism and such great artistic expression.

Morgan Eaultdaign
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When I rented this for the first time from a local video rental store, the clerk said, “Enjoy the ‘victory fountain’!” and I’ve never forgotten. A couple years later, I found it on VHS and bought it. The only thing that bothers me about this movie is the scene with the cat. Everything else is just kinda hilarious and bizarre.

Anna Luiza Dias
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Afönso Fernandes

Afönso Fernandes
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lerei

Jean Francois Simard
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This is lame watch canibal hollocaust!

Daniel Vasconcelos
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O AMOR É LINDO

Amber Shoshana
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Olivia Sainsot-Reynolds

Scotty Floronic
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Cool feature guys but (and I know this isn’t very punk rock or whatever) but this movie is pretty freely available through legal means, especially with the blu Ray release that just happened. Should you be linking to a non-legal stream of it?

Joshua Schafkind
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For all the reasons stated below (criticism and praise) and in the interview, I’m still a fan of this film some decades on. That said, Schramm is my favorite from Jörg’s filmography.

Grant Hunter
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And they said love is dead 😈

Claire Superbeasto Love
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MJ! Lol

Chris M-g
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The funny thing about most supposed “Video Nasties” is that they aren’t really that bad compared to what’s come out in the last 10/15 years. The world went crazy in the late 70s and 80s and started banning films like “The Slayer” which is about as offensive as Mary Poppins. Nekromantik really is not that bad, bar the end scene

Claire Superbeasto Love
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Ok. Lol

Chris M-g
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People may look at the content of this and be like WTF or whatever but films like Hostel are far worse in comparison. It’s just because they’ve been released to the newer “scream-teen” audience that they don’t get as much schtick

Miguel O Hermético
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Torrent it, to the people saying its not worth it… Its always worth to see something and form an opinion on their own.
Ps: putlocker has the whole movie in stream

Lucy Rose Deighton
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Nicholas Andreas Stavri ♡

Patrick Gutpank Ringsborg
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Buy the Nekrology LP! Scores from Nekromantik I+II & Der Todesking. Amazing, no less.

Enno Evers
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I second that. No matter what you think about Buttgereit’s movies, the quality of the soundtracks is not up for discussion.

Sebastian Luthman
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Haha

Freud Massicotte
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Overreated and fu#@ing boring!!!

Alexandre Paixao
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Nek has probably got the sweetest jingles ever

Edward Chester
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Nice link to a dodgy as fuck site to watch the whole film…

Victoria Chakal
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Hell yeah! Fucking love Buttgereit.

Danny Summers
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Read one of Paul Koudounaris’s awesome books recently(Heavenly Bodies?) when he talks to some local South East Asian kids about how they slept in the same bed as their grandfathers corpse as kids ‘because they loved him’.

Joris Polleunis
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lol, a classic! saw this one more than 10 years ago, still banned? there are many worse movies than this!

Richard Levy
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I have a story about this. My copy of Corpse Fucking Art was impounded by Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise back in the early 2000s. The authorities cited the 1896 Obscenity law and threatened me with five years prison or a 10k pound sterling fine. I eventually received the tape via a friend who labelled it Marriage Through Jesus. I still have it to this day. Fuck you, Queen Elizabeth. I hope God rapes your corpse.

Victoria Chakal
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That’s awesome.

Alexandre Paixao
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ahaha

Julian David Guillen
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There was a couple of times watching that movie that I just gagged.

Karoline Barreda
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hey admin, where can we find the full movie? i tried to find this one and i found some links but with few parts :/

Annette Shirley
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There is a link to view the full movie at the bottom of the article, just above the trailer video.

Jack Moore
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Not worth it..

Scotty Floronic
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Cult Epics just released it on blu ray

Karoline Barreda
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Thanks Annette, i dont noticed the link x)

Rob Laichalk
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You could try buying instead of stealing it like a fucking asshole!?!

Karoline Barreda
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thats not ur problem :V

Robin Goodfellow
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Actually it is – if you want to see the film, go buy it. Pirating from small time directors is super super skeezy and what CVLT Nation is doing is actually illegal. The director of this film has stated he does not appreciate boot legging.

Matthias Braun
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has always been a very boring movie, like all of buttgereit’s stuff. still is, no matter the shock value. this guy can’t make a decent movie. and he may blabber on about art as long as he wants to. bad director. bad movies.

Jack Moore
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Agreed

Robert Kerber
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Yes, same with Schlingensief’s movies. But although it was bad, I Ioved it back then (I saw it when it started in the cinemas back in 87). It was the equivalent to a punk rock record. The Sex Pistol’s debut album was and is awful, but I still can’t deny its power. (Though I must admit that “Never mind the Bollocks” did more for music history than “Nekromantik” did for movie history 😀 )

Michał Bajer
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These 3 comments are all heavily cringe worthy.

Matthias Braun
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then go cringe, kiddo.

Michał Bajer
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I did. Nothing changed. :>