Now Available for fans of extreme horror and underground cinema, Cult Epics releases a four movie compilation of Jörg Buttgereit’s acclaimed genre films along with a near encyclopedic series of extras. Featured is “Nekromantik” the film that centers on a young man named Rob who collects body parts while disposing of corpses through his job. An avid necrophiliac, he ventures to steal a fully in tact corpse and brings it home to wife Betty, who is also a necrophiliac. Before Rob realizes, Betty gradually falls in love with the corpse, and leaves husband Rob for it. “Nekromantik” is still considered a volatile and controversial horror film even in the day and age where blood and grue are common place on mainstream television. Divisive and revolting, “Nekromantik” garners a large reputation both good and bad from horror fanatics.
“Der Todesking” is an anthology about death with sevn deaths that take place over the course of seven days. Refusing to repeat himself with another horror film, director Jörg Buttgereit focuses on the main theme of death and the futility of life, all linked by a rotting corpse. “Der Todesking” is infamous for being relentlessly bleak and depressing and doesn’t shy away from touching on the grim reality of death in every form. “Nekromantik 2” is the sequel to the controversial necrophiliac romance as directed by Jörg Buttgereit. After giving in to her necrophiliac desires, Monika digs up a rotting corpse with another necrophiliac. Soon after forming a bond with the corpse, Monika forms a romance with Mark, an actor who performs voice work for porno. Torn between the corpse and Mark, Monika has to make a brutal decision between the pair.
Finally, there’s “Schramm,” starring Florian Koerner Von Gustorf who plays Lothar Schramm, a serial killer who lays dying in his own blood and recollects his obsession with a prostitute and his murderous tendencies. “Schramm” is described as a morbid and brutally disturbing film that explores the darker more disgusting depths of Lothar Schramm’s sexuality and violent habits. “Schramm” is for a very specific audience with a strong constitution and ability to process the shock cinema of Jörg Buttgereit. Aside from the previously released films from Cult Epics, they’ve all been restored with high quality Blu-Ray releases. You can also choose an option of various audio including 5.1 in German, and Dolby Digital in German.
Among the wealth of extras, there’s two postcards, a very thorough stills gallery and a list of trailers for “Nekromantik,” “Der Todesking,” “Nekromantik 2,” “Schramm,” and “Hot Love,” all ranging from two to three minutes. Among other extras, there’s an extensive Q&A with co-screenwriter and director Jörg Buttgereit, which clocks in at thirty nine minutes, in which many of the topics include the obstacles facing production with “Nekromantik,” the nasty censorship the film and crew endured, the origins of the film, and how “Pink Flamingos” was a massive influence on the creation of the two “Nekromantik,” including the directorial style of John Waters. There’s also the short film from Jörg Buttgereit titled “Hot Love,” and a featurette titled “The Making of Nekromantik” a twelve minute look behind the production; the segment reveales onset footage of production, rare stills, and a lot of outtakes with comments by Jörg Buttgereit and Franz Rodenkirchen.
There’s an interview with Jörg Buttgereit and producer Manfred O. Jelinski coming in at nine minutes in which both men discuss creating the corpse for the film, raising money for production, the scripts and finding the proper actress for the film. There’s a “Making of” segment for the short film “Hot Love” which is compiled footage of folks that have viewed the film and their thoughts on it. There’s an option to listen to the film’s soundtrack, a Grindhouse version of the film, with English subtitles in its original German, and an audio commentary with Jörg Buttgereit and screenwriter Franz Rodenkirchen who discuss special effects, the cast, the unique score, and shoting on a limited budget. “Der Todesking” comes in a new transfer, and features the other bells and whistles from the previous discs including an introduction with Jörg Buttgereit, “The Making of Der Todesking” exploring how Jörg Buttgereit chose to make an anti-horror film and how he achieved key locations and special effects.
There’s “Corpse Fucking Art,” a “Making Of” featurette, along with the original featurettes of Nekromantik and Nekromantik 2 from the initial Cult Epics releases. Among the topics covered in the commentary there’s lengthy discussion in to the credits, the score, and how there originally were nine episodes with two not making the film’s cut. There’s a plethora of more information explored for fans of the film. The topics within “Nekromantik 2” is why Jörg Buttgereit wanted to make a sequel, why he cast a woman for the lead, and how the sequel is a better experience than the predecessor, among other topics. The energetic audio commentary includes how the creators joke about how people complained about the thick German accents for “Schramm,” the film’s score, casting and how the film was banned in German and its battles in court.
In the “Schramm” release, there’s an introduction by Jörg Buttgereit, three short films entitled “Horror Heaven,” “Blutige Exzesse im Fuhrerbunker,” and “Mein Papi,” all clocking in at under ten minutes. There’s also a “Making of” documentary, and two audio commentaries with Jörg Buttgereit, and Franz Rodenkirchen, along with a second audio commentary with Koerner von Gustorf and Monika M. Among the extras included in the boxed set are two CD’s, one of which feature the scores to Nekromantik and Der Todeskin, and the second CD featuring the scores to Nekromantik 2 and Schramm. There’s a new forty page booklet with a written introduction by Nico B., four interviews with director Jörg Buttgereit, and a text segment where Jörg Buttgereit discusses the short films featured in the sex. Finally in the booklet, is a thorough filmography of Jörg Buttgereit. Fans of Jörg Buttgereit’s work and extreme horror will love what Cult Epics has compiled for them.