Story: Detective Manners (Steve Sheppard) his partner Detective Sloane (Gary Browning) are on the trail of a violent, sadistic serial killer, but it looks as if justice is finally about to be served. The two track the madman to his latest crime scene, but they’re too late to save the victim and in the process, Manners is pushed off the deep end. Despite having the killer captured and ready for arrest, Manners decide to serve his own brand of justice and executes the psychopath. The end of the terror should bring relief, but soon enough, the killer is able to continue his twisted work, thanks to some local Satanists. A group of cultists sacrifice one of the killer’s babies, conceived during his crime spree, then urinate on the grave with hopes to resurrect the deceased murderer. But when the zombified madman rises from the grave, who can stop this undead rampage once for all?
Entertainment Value: The Necro Files is one wild ride, a creative, beyond over the top slice of low rent horror that has to be seen to be believed. A lot of movies are given hype for being insane or jaw dropping, but The Necro Files delivers and then some. The narrative is outlandish and hilarious, but also serves its purpose and provides the framework for all the wackiness, so this isn’t random weirdness, it makes sense in its own way, of course. The pace is brisk and the film moves from one wild stretch to the next at a quick clip and never feels drawn out at all. So while some movies have pockets of outrageous scenes, The Necro Files is one set piece after another that defies reason and good taste, just the kind of motion pictures we appreciate here. Of course, the budget is super low, but the indie spirit shines here and while cheap, the charm and goofiness power through. The movie overcomes its low budget in fun, creative, and memorable ways, a true DIY cult classic. You’ll find gore, sleaze, b movie magic, and brain melting cinematic touches, all wrapped into a lean, 72 minute presentation. I think The Necro Files is an all time cult classic and even decades after release, it continues to shock, entertain, and blow minds, so this one earns a high recommendation.
The movie has full nudity within the first couple minutes of the picture, so yes, this one has some nakedness involved. There are several topless scenes even beyond the instant shower that kicks off the movie, while some full frontal nudity is also present. These are perhaps a little more vivid than some of The Necro Files’ genre peers, but not graphic. I did appreciate the unsettling, extended romantic scene between a woman and a rubber doll, while there is also a scene of some light S&M, and of course, a very large zombie erection. As for bloodshed, the film has all kinds of red stuff, executed in glorious, low rent practical special effects. A steady drip of crimson unfolds here, with multiple gut ripping and eating sessions, some gushy stab wounds, piles of disemboweled innards, a blood soaked axe assault, dick trauma, the ritualistic sacrifice of a plastic baby doll, breast trauma, a spinal tap, and some splashy gunshot wounds, with other assorted gore sprinkled around as well. The dialogue is outlandish and mostly supplied by the two cops, who are awkward, stilted, random, and often hilarious, as Manners slide into the abyss. There’s also some bad jokes, cop talk, and cult talk, so there’s a good amount of bizarre and over the top exchanges here. On general insanity, some highlights include a flying undead newborn, ballroom dancing in a field, repeated closeups of Anton Lavey, a Weekend at Bernie’s 2 hat, baby pinata, and an unconvincing drug dealer.
Overall Insanity: 10/10
The Disc: Visual Vengeance has given this cult class the red carpet treatment, starting with a new transfer sourced from the original tape masters. This movie was shot on video, so while this looks better than the old disc release, it doesn’t pop off the screen like some restorations. But that is not a fault of the transfer, as the movie looks quite good and certainly offers improvement, so I think fans understand the limits and will appreciate this new edition. An audio commentary with director Matt Jaissle kicks off the extras and he goes in depth on the production of the movie, from concept to final version. While he covers a lot in this session, he offers more insights in an interview segment and in a new retrospective featurette, so if you want to know about The Necro Files, Jaissle likely covers your questions here. Jaissle’s early Super 8 shorts have also been included, as well as Necro Files 3000, Jaissle’s sequel to this movie, so you can see how he followed up his cult classic. This disc also includes a second audio commentary track with two cinema enthusiasts, several trailers, and a colletion of physical goods like a small poster, some sticker, and even an official Necro Files condom.