Dread­ful a- z of Hor­ror

Penny’s monthly dic­tio­nary of doom

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N is for... Necrophilia Kissed

Lynne Stop­kewich, 1996 Lyri­cal Canadian ro­mance about a young woman ( Molly Parker) who be­comes fas­ci­nated with death and takes a job in a mor­tu­ary where she can ex­plore her ob­ses­sion and de­vel­op­ing at­trac­tions. Fea­ture de­but from fe­male direc­tor Lynne Stop­kewich, based on a short story of erot­ica for women. Ahead of its time – de­serves a re­visit.

Vis­i­tor Q

Takashi Mi­ike, 2001 Bizarre, dis­gust­ing black com­edy hor­ror from Takashi Mi­ike about a mys­te­ri­ous stranger who en­ters the life of a dys­func­tional fam­ily and some­how strangely heals them by video­tap­ing their var­i­ous atroc­i­ties, in­clud­ing the vi­o­la­tion of a corpse by the pa­tri­arch. Car­toon­ishly grim.

Ne­cro­man­tik

Jorg Buttgereit, 1987 Taboo- bust­ing Ger­man soft- corn ex­ploita­tioner about a corpse clean- up guy who brings home bod­ies for he and his girl­friend to get frisky with, un­til he loses his job and she chooses the ca­daver over him. Un­apolo­get­i­cally dif­fi­cult to watch, it’s the god­fa­ther of un­dead grot- erot­ica.

Dead­Girl

Mar­cel Sarmiento, Gadi Harel, 2008 De­lib­er­ately con­tro­ver­sial teen shocker about dis­af­fected youths who find a naked woman chained up in a men­tal asy­lum, dis­cover she’s un­dead and de­cide to make her their sex slave. Dis­cur­sive of or com­plicit in the ob­jec­ti­fi­ca­tion of women? It might be both – if you can stom­ach the sub­ject mat­ter it’s thought- pro­vok­ing nonethe­less.

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