While walking through work I came across a film called Anatomy, which was a German film, and the first thing I could think was “Nekromantik”. When I first saw “Nekromantik” I thought it was one of the weirdest and most stupid movies I had ever seen. But when I read the back of the film, it got my interest so I brought it home and I was surprised by the originality of the film.
Paula Henning is in the top of her class in med school, and wants to attend Hiddelberg, one of the top medical schools in all of Germany. Known for many breakthroughs in the world of anatomy, their lab specializes in patients with terminal illnesses.
Paula soon hears word of a secret society called the AAA, the Anit-Hypocrites, a group who’s soul purpose is to find advancements in the world of anatomy, but by most of the time using life subjects with terminal illnesses such as tuberculosis, and heart failure. Slowly the history of the AAA unfolds as students start disappearing, and turning up as cadavers to be experimented on.
Not too long into the film we are exposed to some amazing special effects that, from my opinion, are some of the best I have seen in a long time. How they design the effects is incredible, and I find it to be truly ground breaking as it is so horrifying. The designs used on the corpse “statues” are astounding, you get your gore but with a bit of science flavor mixed in.
The acting from the main character Paula (played by Franka Potente) was truly believable, and Potente’s performance was just as good as it was in “Run Lola Run”. The script was witty, and fresh as it gave life (not a pun) to the movie. The lines that were written in were very funny as it was to kind of “poke” at the medical profession.
If you can find the DVD, make sure that you watch it with the subtitles, and not with the dubbed over American voices, as they are either too high or just don’t have the right tone of voice for that character. The DVD also comes with a music video, and 2 deleted scenes, the deleted scenes don’t really add anything to the film, but it is nice to see them as they add a different perspective to the film.
I don’t think there was a weak role in the movie, and it definitely stands up there as one of the creepiest, and most original horror movies I have seen in a very long time. If you can find this film, and I highly recommend it.