Nekromantik (1987)

West Germany, 1987
digital video, colour, 1.33:1
mono, German

A West German horror film directed by Jörg Buttgereit.

Plot Summary

A street cleaner brings home a corpse retrieved from a traffic accident and he and his wife start to have sex with it. But she soon starts to prefer the body to him.


Directed by: Jörg Buttgereit
© by Buttgereit/Jelinski ’97
Manfred Jelinski presents a Jörg Buttgereit
Produced by: Manfred Jelinski
Written by: Jörg Buttgereit, Franz Rodenkirchen
Director of Photographer: Uwe Bohrer
Edited by: Manfred Jelinski, Jörg Buttgereit
Music by: John Boy Walton, Herman Kopp, Daktari Lorenz
Sound Recording: Franz Rodenkirchen, Harald Weis
Hair Styling: Elke Fuchs
Special Effects: Daktari Lorenz, Jörg Buttgereit, Franz Rodenkirchen
Corpse Designed and Created by: Daktari Lorenz, Jörg Buttgereit

Daktari Lorenz (Rob)
Beatrice M. (Betty)
Harald Lundt (Bruno)
Susa Kohlstedt (Vera)
Heike Surban [Heike S. in end credits] (prostitute)
Collosseo (Joe)
Henri Boeck, Clemens Schwenter, Jörg Buttgereit, Holger Suhr (J.S.A.)
Volker Hauptvogel (man with gun)
Harald Weis (dead in garden)
Patricia Leipold, Elke Fuchs, Margit Im Schlaa (prostitutes)
Franz Rodenjirchen (pornokiller)
Heinz Langner (cop)
Christiane Baumgarten (woman in dream)
Simone Spörl (woman in car)
Wilfried Hoog (man in car)
Michael Büschke (autopsie [sic] corpse)
Manfred Repnow (cemetery guard)
Daniela Geburtig, Manfred Jelinski (cinema crew)
Lasko (man in TV)
Fritz Fuchs (slaughterer)

Alternative Titles

NEKRomantik – Spain
ΝΕΚΡομάντικ – Greece
Νεκρομάντικ – Greece
Некромантик – Bulgaria
Некромантик – Russia
ネクロマンティック – Japan

Nekromantik 2 (1991)

Extracts included in
Celluloid Horror (2004)
Corpse Fucking Art (1987)
Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000)
The Making of Nekromantik (1992)
Nekromantic: The Making Of (1997)



  • Fangoria no.196 (September 2000) p.53 – DVD review (DVD Dungeon by Michael Gingold)


  • 100 Cult Films by Ernest Mathijs & Xavier Mendik pp.149-150 – review by XM [Xavier Mendik]
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.436 – credits, review
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.372, 405
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.347 – credits
  • The Mammoth Book of Slasher Movies: An A-Z Guide to Over Sixty Years of Blood and Guts by Peter Normanton pp.322-324
  • Twisted Visions: Interviews with Cult Horror Filmmakers by Matthew Edwards pp.123-136 – interview