Dreadful a- z of Horror
Penny’s monthly dictionary of doom
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.
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.
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.
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.