Jörg Buttgereit's 'Nekromantik' To Screen At Nightmares Film Festival

September 23, 2019

Revealed in its entirety this week, Nightmares Film Festival has outdone even its most legendary stuffed-to-bursting programs with 2019’s lineup, which will pack 190 of the world’s best features and shorts from around the world into this year’s four-day event in Columbus, OH from October 24th to 27th.

 

One of those films is none other than Jörg Buttgereit‘s infamously banned necrophilic exploitation film Nekromantik, which I had the immense pleasure of reviewing earlier this year as a part of Cult Epics' Sex Murder Art box set. In my review I stated: "On it's surface, the film seems like one made with the sole purpose of disgusting its audience, but with further understanding of the film's creation, one will find that there is much more to this production than all that. Made over the course of two years, before the wall came down in West Berlin, Nekromantik reflects the darker side of social decay and was created as a big middle finger in the face of Germany’s censorship laws."

 

As a fan of Buttgereit‘s films, it's great to see them still receiving the attention they deserve. Major props to Nightmares Films Fest!

 

The remainder of the lineup includes features from both beloved horror filmmakers and important new voices in genre film. Included are Hammer Films’s The Lodge, from the makers of Goodnight Mommy; Daniel Isn’t Real, from the producers of Mandy and The Greasy Strangler; VFW, from the director of Almost Human; Eat Brains Love, adapted from the popular novel; and closing night film Z, from the creators of It Stains the Sand Red and Still/Born. The brand new horror comedy anthology Scare PackageShe Never Died, the sequel to the 2015 Henry Rollins action-horror film He Never Died, the Carpenter Brut-scored Blood Machines, the world premiere of FX artist Marcus Koch's (We Are Still Here) documentary on the history of extreme cinema, Beyond Horror and the world premiere of Tommy Faircloth (Dollface)’s newest film, A Nun’s Curse.

 

Read on for more info from the official press release:

 

One of Nightmares Film Fest's best known traditions, the "Late Night Mind Fuck," returns this year with two world premieres. First is The Obsessed from Italian extreme director Domiziano Christopharo (previous NFF winner Torment), a body horror freak-out based on the manic descent of Bjork’s stalker. And at 2 a.m. is the dark, harrowing and sexually explicit 29 Needles.

 

The festival’s reputation for presenting the best curated shorts blocks on the planet continues with a lineup of 150+ horror, thriller, midnight and horror comedy short films, including dozens of world premieres. Its Recurring Nightmares blocks are also back, highlighting NFF audience favorites returning with new work, and its Ohio shorts blocks will offer up some of the best locally made films.

 

Nightmares has also named the 13 finalists in its short and feature screenplay contests. These screenwriters will be given the chance to connect with selected filmmakers to explore production of their scripts through the NFF FinaLIST matching service.

 

All selected competition films and screenplays vie for a coveted Night Mare statuette, representing the dark horses of genre. The Night Mare is sculpted and painted by renowned toy and figure creator Tony Simione (Marvel, Star Wars, Godzilla, Alien).

 

Nightmares Film Fest returns to the Gateway Film Center in Columbus. Get your tickets today!

 

A complete list of features, shorts and screenplay finalists follows below.

 

NIGHTMARES FILM FESTIVAL 2019 PROGRAM

 

FEATURE FILMS


The Lodge
Swallow
The Girl on the Third Floor
VFW
Nekromantik
Eat, Brains, Love
Daniel Isn’t Real
She Never Died
Blood Machines
A Nun’s Curse
Reckoning
Antrum
1BR
To Your Last Death
Making Monsters
Z
Beyond Horror
Slaughterhouse Slumber Party
Ghost Killers vs Bloody Mary
The Obsessed
Scare Package
29 Needles
Puppet Killer
Lake Michigan Monster

 

SHORT SCREENPLAY FINALISTS


Bathwater – Kevin Talley
Demon Inside Me – Brandon Rutherford
Gender Reveal Party – Alison Parker
Hush Little Baby – Ricardo Bravo
Cave of Tits – Stephen Stull
Vuorwro – Ron Riekki
Boogeyman Bait – Kay Phillips
Field Test – Chris Hicks
Love as a Practice for Dying – Shayna Connellly
Mary, Dispossessed – Kristy Walsh
The Garden – Guillermo Ortiz
The Squirrels in the Attic – Rachel Thomas-Medwid
Who Wants Dessert? – Venita Ozols-Graham

 

FEATURE SCREENPLAY FINALISTS


Night People – Søren Budge
Mom Died – Michael Klug
The Chamber – Sergio Pinheiro
Timmy Cooke: A Cannibal Love Story – Aaron Barrocas
Persona – Jeffrey Howe
The Mothman – Jackson Murray
No Overnight Parking – Meg Swertlow
Serial Killers Anonymous – Robert Forsberg
Daughters of Virtue – Michael Escobedo, Greg Sisco
Third Date – Avishai Weinberger
He Brings The Night – Kevin Donner
Monger – David Axe
Girl Trouble – Devi Snively

 

HORROR SHORTS


Boo
Trust Me
Melody
In Sound, We Live Forever
The Tattooist
To Enter You Must
Off Fleek
Atomic Ed
Steve And The Dead Girl
Creaker
She Must Vanish
Inferno
Piggy
Lippy
A-Symmetry
The Burden
Destroyer of Worlds
Room 106
The Vicious
Water Horse
How To Be Alone
Night Crawl
Nest
Plainsong
Tick
Twig
Portraits of Fright
Z-GOAT: First Bleat
Asian She – Competitive Mourning
The Third Hand
She Fell
Songs My Mother Taught Me
Attention
MJ
Tagged
Ferine
A Doll Distorted
I Learned How to Drive at the End of the World
Limbo
Headcleaner
Check
The Orchestra

 

THRILLER SHORTS


Feeder
Nineteen Ninety Nine
Cassandra
Lili
Gaslight
The Taste of Blood
A Clown’s Tale
Man in the Corner
Prefigured
It Came Nameless in Spring
Mutiny
The Housesitters
We Die Alone
September
Maggie May

Communication is Key
Broadside
SICK
Chickens
One Bad Night
The Automaton
A Noise That Carries
Lock and Key
Buffalo & Trout
The Itch
Playtime’s over
Catfight

MIDNIGHT SHORTS
VR Food
Adams
Hot Dog
Existential Donut
Bennifer
Valerio’s Day Out
Demons
Cured
Together
Malacostraca
The Program
Herman
Mannequins
Changeling
Stucco
Little Willy
The Outsider
Farsight
Five Course Meal
The Animator
Imagine a World
Sasquatch
Breathe
The Guy
The Contract
Unholy ‘Mole
Diddie Wa Diddie
Daughter of Dismay
I See Through You
A Night Without
Dad
Jackie

 

HORROR COMEDY SHORTS


Killer Date
Dead Teenager Séance
Bad Fun
OverKill
Exhibit Man
NeckFace
Inflatio
Possessions
Zebra
We Got a Monkey’s Paw
Half-Cocked
We Follow You
Ghost Turd
Reunion
SHHHH
Blow Out
Scary Stories: Bloody Mary
Sleep Tight

 

OHIO SHORTS


Winter’s Blood
Forgive Me
Look Twice
Where The Shadows Fall
Drainage
Unknown Number
Madness’ by Black Liquid
Tea Time for Lions
Wake Up Mark
The Coffin
Benito’s Brew
The End of the World: An Update
Tethered
Weight
The Things With The Glowing Green Eyes

 

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