Friday, 27 July 2012

DVD review: Lucker the Necrophagous (1986)

John Lucker (Nick Van Suyt) is a deeply disturbed serial rapist and killer. Locked up in a clinic after committing eight murders (and keeping the bodies around for his own sexual pleasure after the people died!!!!), Lucker manages to escape and flees to the city.. searching for the one lone survivor of his previous killing spree. His dusgusting rampage continues and more peple die one by one. Lucker must find and kill the woman who escaped him the first time.. and no one will get in his way. Lucker the Necrophagous is written by John Kupferschmidt and Johan Vandewoestijne who also is the director. The acting is bad or perhaps one should call it minimalistic... The camerawork and editing is barely decent, the picture quality on the DVD is quite bad (dark, grainy) but that is due to the source material being used. Despite a pretty short running time I found the movie to be pretty boring and some scenes are overlong even though it has a nice dirty feeling. There is never any suspense .The soundtrack is pretty good. The gore make-up fx is mostly primitive but even so it´s quite effective in some scenes and this is one movie that possibly features some of the most drawn out and most anguishing deathscenes I´ve seen. In Lucker the Necrophagous death ain´t quick, glamourous or pretty. No T & A except some scenes being shown on a tv as Lucker is watching a porno but there is male full frontal nudity and there is necrophilic rape (there is a prolonged necrophilia-sequence that is truly grotesque!!).
This review is based upon the region 1 DVD release from Synapse Films it comes with two versions of the film. One version is the original uncut version, the second version is a "director's cut" but is essentially the same film, same plot, but with some new snippets filmed and some editing. The review is based upon the "director's cut".
Rating: 2 out of 7. The production values are low, Lucker the Necrophagous is quite amateurish and poorly done. Add to this that it´s quite boring but it´s unapologetic, nasty, grotesque and disturbing.


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