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Nekromantik (1987)

Not Rated | | Horror | 1987 (West Germany)
A street sweeper who cleans up after grisly accidents brings home a full corpse for him and his wife to enjoy sexually, but is dismayed to see that his wife prefers the corpse over him.


Jörg Buttgereit




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernd Daktari Lorenz Bernd Daktari Lorenz ... Rob (as Daktari Lorenz)
Beatrice Manowski Beatrice Manowski ... Betty (as Beatrice M.)
Harald Lundt Harald Lundt ... Bruno
Collosseo Collosseo ... Joe
Henri Boeck Henri Boeck ... J.S.A.
Clemens Schwender Clemens Schwender ... J.S.A.
Jörg Buttgereit ... J.S.A.
Holger Suhr Holger Suhr ... J.S.A.
Volker Hauptvogel Volker Hauptvogel ... Man with Gun
Harald Weis Harald Weis ... Dead in Garden
Heike Surban Heike Surban ... Prostitute (as Heike S.)
Patricia Leipold Patricia Leipold ... Prostitute
Elke Fuchs Elke Fuchs ... Prostitute
Margit Im Schlaa Margit Im Schlaa ... Prostitute
Suza Kohlstedt ... Vera (as Susa Kohlstedt)


Sharing a mutual fascination for the dead and the macabre, the Berlin misfits, Betty and Robert, are in for a big surprise that will soon broaden their horizons, when Rob takes a job as a cleaner at an aftermath clean-up agency. Little by little, right under everyone's noses, the obsessed new employee amasses a rich and grotesque collection of severed limbs and human organs, and what is even more fascinating, their dreams will finally come true when Rob brings home a putrid cadaver to amaze his girlfriend. Nevertheless, can Robert handle this bizarre and gruesome ménage a trois? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A film about love for man and what remains of him. See more »




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Did You Know?


Film debut of Bernd Daktari Lorenz and his only performance on a feature film. See more »


Betty: [on a note] Left for good. Took the corpse.
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Alternate Versions

Allegedly, the Japanese theatrical version was heavily cut, and edited together with Nekromantik 2 (also heavily cut) to make one long film. See more »


Referenced in Deadgirl (2008) See more »


Ménage à trois
Written by John Boy Walton
Performed by John Boy Walton
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One heck of a moist movie.
6 April 2005 | by Ky-DSee all my reviews

I have a penchant for applying my own little award system to genre pictures. "Salo" takes the most disturbing award; "Dead Alive" (aka Brain Dead) wins the goriest film award; "Caligula" runs away with the most over-sexed honor. Well, film lovers, here we have my vote for nastiest film ever. If you've seen it, you know why.

The story concerns a young couple with a predilection for all things dead. This works out well for them, as the boyfriend works for a crime scene clean-up crew. As luck would have it, one day he comes across a rather well preserved corpse ('rather well' as in it's a rotted, blue hunk of tissue) while on duty. He manages to sneak the body home, much to the delight of his lady-friend, and they go about having their dirty little way with it. It soon becomes clear that the girl is enjoying the company of the corpse more than her still breathing boyfriend and runs off with it. Needless to say, this does nothing healthy for his already deranged mental state (being dumped for another guy is bad, being dumped for a dead one is even worse).

Believe it or not, watching them have sex with the gooey body is NOT the nastiest thing you'll see here. All manners of assorted atrocities are committed for your viewing un-pleasure, most all of them rank in the 'so sick you can hardly watch' category. I will not spoil the best of them, just rest assured that gore-hounds will most certainly be pleased (if not disgusted).

For better or worse, the film is not very competently made. The corpse and gore effects are very good, but the film stock and technique are both pretty sub-standard. And with the script being so barren and the acting merely passable, the shock moments are all that will keep hardened viewers watching 'till the gruesome conclusion.

If you are looking for good story telling, look else where. If you're looking for a good sex flick, look else where. If you are looking for the ultimate stomach churner, you've found it.


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1987 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Nekromantik See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Jelinski & Buttgereit See more »
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1.33 : 1
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