By Shane Scott-Travis
Surely the thriving home video market is partially responsible for the influx of cult films that saturated popular culture throughout the 1980s. As a sort of addendum to Taste of Cinema’s recent list detailing the finest cult fare of the 80s, the following list details more obscure films, of the sort you have to dig around a bit to uncover.
What you’ll find herein are movies that will appeal to the adventurous filmgoer, those with a unique sensibility, contrary to the mainstream market, more at home amongst the counterculture; genre films for niche audiences that joyfully zero in on taboo content and proscribed subject matter that deliriously upends convention with razor-sharp satire, exploitation, and/or legitimate ideological dangers or controversial content.
So if you crave something strange, something to foster unhealthy obsession, stylish strangeness, and something, let’s face it, just a little bit fucked up, then these films are for you. Enjoy!
25. Nekromantik (1987)
While on the surface there’s little to recommend about this shocker aside from gratuitous cruelty and, as the title suggests, necrophilia, but what else would one expect from West Berlin exploitation legend Jörg Buttgereit (Horror Heaven)?
Nekromantik focuses on one Rob Schmadtke (Daktari Lorenz), an employee for Joe’s Cleaning Agency, where he cleans up corpses from road accidents and that sort of unsavory thing. See, it’s all catnip for Rob, who loves defiling corpses.
Does that sound transgressive enough? Wait, there’s more (including a ménage à trois with a corpse and a steel pipe), but, amidst all the nastiness and taboo smashing, Buttgereit actually injects a lot of satire on bourgeois mores –– Rob stops defiling corpses long enough for a short-lived warm-blooded romance with Betty (Beatrice Manowski) –– and the film even features a whip-smart slasher parody via an extended film-within-a-film sequence.
From:: Taste Of Cinema