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Pros: The visuals for the movie are better than most new horror films. While the directing and cinematography isn't anything special, the costumes and gore effects are fresh and original. The film is kept dark and unique with bizarre characters like Mr. Skinny, a pig-mask wearing butcher that pushes people to suicide. I was impressed most with the chain-wielding demon that wanders the underworld, one of the more disturbing creatures that I've seen in film. If you're a fan of gore and pain, this movie will be right up your alley.
Shots that take place in the underworld are set in a cramped industrial basement corridor, lit with fluorescent lights a la Saw. While I originally considered it low-budget, the foreboding and claustrophobic feel of it lent to the dark vibe of the film.
Cons: Most horror fans will notice that Necromentia takes a page straight from Hellraiser. While the film does offer some twists on Clive Barker themes, it's not entirely original. References to Saw on the cover are confusing; there are really no similarities beyond a few acts of masochism that don't serve the same purpose.
Most of the cast had experience in straight-to-video film, and none of the performances stand out. Though I did enjoy film newbie Zelieann Rivera, the gorgeous Latina responsible for the connection that slowly unfolds between the major characters.
My biggest gripe with the film is that the ending could have been better. By the conclusion, you get a sense of what happened, but I thought it was too abrupt and without adequate closure.
While Necromentia wasn't quite movie-theater quality, it's still worth a rental. Give this one a watch before you decide on buying the DVD.
This movie is a must see for avid horror and gore fans. It does run along the same lines as Clive Barker but that is what is so horrifically hot about this kind of movie.
Additionally, I think quite a few performances stand out but this is too dark for mainstream cinema; however, if there had been a huge producer behind it...it may not be the great movie it is today...mainstream cinema would have made so many changes...Thank goodness for indie films and/or films that are not willing to be compromised to go mainstream. I hope anyone who views this movie or buys this movie enjoys it as much as I did...~A~
Okay, so, yeah, let's get this out of the way first: it's pretty obvious that Pearry Reginald Teo is a big, big fan of Clive Barker's. That is not limited to this film; if you read the IMDB descriptions of his earlier shorts, there's a lot of this sort of thing going on. (In fact, it would seem to me based on the description that this may be a feature-length reworking of his first short, "Liberata Me".) And if you're going to look at this and say "oh, he's just ripping off 'The Book of Blood' and 'The Hellbound Heart'", this is not the movie for you. Think of it this way: there are only thirty-six plots. (Absurd reductionists can point to the fact that all thirty-six are outgrowths of the original three: man vs. self, man vs. man, man vs. nature.) Nothing is truly original. Think of this less as rip-off and more as homage.
The story: Hagen (<em>The Last Man</em>'s Santiago Craig) is a little bit of a nutcase. He's obsessed with his dead girlfriend Elizabeth (Zelieann Rivera, who was the second assistant director on that same film), who promised that, if she ever died, she would come back to him. As such, he has kept her around, and tries to stave off putrefaction with regular bathings, keeping the place cold, you know the drill if you've ever tried to store a body, right? In any case, Hagen is approached by Travis (<em>Redemption</em>'s Chad Grimes), who offers him a deal: Travis knows how to get Hagen into the corridors of Hell, where Elizabeth's soul is held by a demon named Morbius (Teo regular Layton Matthews). What does Travis get out of the deal?Read more ›
The title Necromentia might be a little misleading. Corpse lovemaking is not a central aspect of the plot. It is a story about tortured love, brutal revenge and demons with bad attitudes. Some men have difficulty letting go of the past and decide to take drastic steps in order to open the portals of hell. It's a mind-numbing trip that involves carving an ancient map into human flesh and encountering heinous demons [shudder].
This great independent flick pretty much has it all. An original demented script, dark foreboding atmosphere, freaky demons, excellent costumes, creepy sound effects, good character development, tension, suspense, scares...I didn't even think the acting was that bad either. I would love to see Necromentia develop into an extended franchise--much like the Saw series. Think about it--there is an endless dimension of hell and the battered human psyche to explore.
5 out of 5 stars. Buy it, watch it, fear it, love it. Just don't try it at home.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is not an A-list horror movie, and you shouldn't be expecting Meryl Streep or Helen Mirren quality acting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Crobat
Good horror movie, but horrible quality disc. It skips and freezes something terrible, and did it the first time we tried to watch it.Published 6 months ago by Gandorrok
This film is full of surreal images paired with engaging characters that pushes beyond the same old same old story formula we are all growing far to tired of.Published 9 months ago by Caleb Asay
This is excellent!Pearry Teo did a great job, on this. This movie has it all! I can not say enough on how this movie. It is twisted, dark, yet a true love story. Read morePublished 11 months ago by adelaide robertson
Not a bad movie for such a low budget. Has some genuinely creepy parts.Published 14 months ago by Reagan
Three main characters, stories are interwined. Lots of swearing and violence. It's pretty twisted. There are suprises along the way. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kishore Mehta