Surrounded by corpses, a woman walks around, lusting, trying to decide which one she... wants.
About 4 years ago, in 2009 (derp), I remember seeing a trailer for a necrophilia film that seemed to be either using excellent props or real corpses. The trailer didn't show anything except these corpses, but being a general fan of extreme cinema it was something that stood out to me - and needless to say it was intriguing not knowing. No real info was available and I believe I tried to contact the filmmaker way back as well, but nothing really came out of it. Here we are in 2013, and I got a mail from the filmmaker asking me to check out the short film. Curious as I am, I did.
First of all, this is a very experimental and simple short film. It's the start of what I expect will be a bigger project, and this one probably works more as a commercial tool. In this necrophilia short, we have a woman walking around a bunch of corpses, deciding which one she wants to have sex with. It never goes beyond this, and with the short runtime it doesn't really need to. Hell, it was fresh to see that it didn't go further than that.
Of course, it wouldn't be possible for it to go further, as the movie indeed uses real corpses. Considering how innocent the shots actually are, with just a woman walking by, I'm not sure I can judge the movie too hard for "exploiting" the bodies: I'm not exactly okay with it, but at the same time I have watched enough shockumentaries and experimental films by people like Stan Brakhage that show corpses for their own gain as well. Okay, Stan Brakhage doesn't really exploit it in his work, but many shockumentaries sure do. For what this one does, I can kinda accept it. It was done under supervision at a morgue as well, and for some reason that makes it more okay. In the end, what did it achieve by using real corpses? Clearly, it will gain controversial status much easier, and that was pretty much the idea: they didn't have money, and they knew someone who worked at a morgue.
"Tape 1: Necrótica" is fairly experimental in the way they decided to play the film on a screen and then film the screen. It's something I've experimented with too, and I think it's a pretty great and simple way of adding a little home video style to it without going for the scratches and all that. And with this one being quite odd in how it only shows a woman "lusting", the effect makes it seem even more disturbing.
At the end of the day, "Tape 1: Necrótica" is an attempt at shock. In a way, it IS exploitation. But because it doesn't really cross the lines, and instead makes us cross the line in our head, I think this is pretty successful in what it's doing. It's a very short film where not a lot happens, but I'm surprised that it worked as well as it did still. I am very interested in seeing what they will achieve in the future when they need to resort to actual effects instead, since it's impossible to judge the filmmaker from these 5 minutes. However, it is a film that will get you thinking about what's okay and what isn't. And is this okay?