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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Nekromantik 2 (1991) Review

Since my last post (about The Burning Moon) elicited about a total of 5 views, I thought why not delve once again into extreme German cinema of the 1990s? And that brings us to Nekromantik 2. Who knew those docile little Germans had so much anger built up inside? This movie was actually seized by the authorities a week or so after it was released in its homeland. Apparently no movie had been seized like that since the Nazi era. Intrigued? See it for yourself. Warning: *Spoilers*
It begins with a flashback that sums up what you need to know about Nekro 1. A guy commits, erm, a suicide of sorts. Then in the present movie, a woman named Monika digs up his corpse to make some necrophilia memories with him. We are then taken away from Monika to be introduced to the other lead character named Mark. His job is to use his voice in dubbing porno films. Other than that his life is completely ordinary, until he meets Monika. They become romantically involved. She tries to hide her love for the dead, but it peaks through at times. For one thing, she forces herself on top during the act of sex and pins Mark's arms to the floor with her legs.
Later on, Monika cuts up the corpse so she can stash it. The actress, who really went by the name Monika, does a great job here of elevating this scene above my beloved exploitation. She is in pain when she saws through its bones and gives us a sense of some true love.
An oddly fitting musical performance comes in during the middle of the film. Monika sings along to the film's main theme while the music is performed on a piano by a creep guy, who looks like if The Tick mated with Leni Riefenstahl. It fits so wonderfully because it's very ominous and Nekromantik 2 excels at subtly foreshadowing.
Now on to my favorite scene in the film. As the movie begins to wind down, Mark gets drunk alone at a bar because he is a little distraught in beginning to understand Monika. The main theme of the film comes back in this sequence but is played with much less subtle instruments. The tune almost sounds like a blaring "alert!" The music becomes a character all in itself here, telling Mark, "I warned you." But it can't really talk because it's only music so it just adapts. There's no going back for our hero at this point.
And the climax of the movie is what really pushes it over the edge. Worthy of many subsequent viewings. This movie is touching at times, always fascinating and it's refreshing to see such a unique female character that isn't directly the victim.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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