Nekromantik 2 (1991) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Jorg Buttgereit
Starring: Monika M., Mark Reeder, Daktari Lorenz
Rated: UR/Region A/1:33/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Where to get it: Cult Epics
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. Officially banned in Germany for years upon release, Cult Epics is proud to present Nekromantik 2, Uncut and Uncensored in a new High Definition transfer.
Girls have such horrible problems don’t they? A nurse named Monika is caught in a love triangle between two lovers. One being a kind and trustworthy man who works a sound dubber for adult films. The other being the rotting corpse of Rob from the original Nekromantik. As the movie goes along, we watch as she tries to decide between the two men. And when all is said and done it looks to come down to just which of the two is better in bed. Our porn dubber might be an all around swell dude, but can he handle the “stiff” competition from Rob?? I will say this much, this Blu-ray disc of Nekromantik 2 is head and shoulders better than the original’s release, which if I am to be honest, I think this is a better movie overall. Isn’t it clever how they worked Rob back into things here in the sequel? It’s a shame Rob didn’t know Monika when he was still alive, because the fun those two could of had together would have been a hell of a time. Not that what takes place in this film isn’t in its own right. The love story that unfolds as you watch this film is oddly interesting and the activity that takes place on screen at times can even rival that of the original. Plus, for all the men watching, you tend to connect more with a woman lead even in a film of this nature, so you might find yourself more drawn in by the character of Monika (Who isn’t hard on the eyes) than you were with Rob in the original. The same social commentary seems to be here as well, but this films does suffer from having a very hard act to follow. I don’t know if the original shock value the other one had carries over as well here, because we’ve seen it done before, but I do think this one is a better film when you add everything about the two up.
The pace of this movie might be the only thing lesser than the original. It’s just a minor annoyance but an annoyance while watching none the less. Take for instance a scene where Monika and her living boyfriend go and see a movie, just like Rob did in the original film. While the film that Rob saw was interesting in its own right (we get a pretty lengthy look at the films people watch in both films), the one here was just dull and was kinda a party pooper for the length of that scene. While that does drag things down a bit, once the movie hits it’s home stretch (THIS movie not the one they were watching) and starting rolling on all cylinders, it almost completely makes up for it. While the ending of this film isn’t as strong as the ending of the first (Or as jaw dropping), it’s still very bloody, kinda shocking (especially for the time), and majorly creepy. While not as strong as the original Nekromantik’s ending, it at least leaves you with another memorable scene to close things out with. I can’t stress enough how much I loved the gore here. Overall, it is hard for me to pick between this and the original Nekromantik. They could both end up about even for various different reasons, even if this is perhaps a better story. It does a great job of recapturing the creepy ways of the first and at the same time does add a more well put together story that hits its stride at just the right moments to make it self memorable. Also, as noted, this one looks much better in HD, as you’d expect.
– 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
– Includes Nekromantik 2 Collectible Artwork by Johnny Ryan & Nekrophilia photo of Monika M.
Quality of Transfer: 85%
I totally used the screen grabs from Rock! Shock! Pop! because I don’t have a Blu-ray drive