Movie Review: Nekrotronic (2019)

August 5, 2019

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

From the dawn of time, a cadre of Nekromancers has battled legions of demons for the fate of the world. As it is the age of smart phones being perma-glued to people’s hands (though as you will see, this film gives zero-fucks about presenting anything as lofty as social commentary); the Queen of the Underworld (the always jaw-dropping Monica Bellucci) is developing an app that will allow those dastardly demons to wage cyber warfare on an unsuspecting mankind who think the app is a simple ghost finding program, rather than a means of swipin’ their very souls.

This brings us to dopey sanitation worker named Howard (Ben O’Toole) and his equally clueless best friend (Epine Bob Savea). You see Howard’s legacy is to become the ultimate Nekromancer and he is tasked with ending that arcane app and the Queens machinations for good. Our world is pretty much fucked.

Coming from Co-Writer (along with Tristan Roache-Turner)/Director Kiah Roache-Turner (who previously brought us Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead); Nekrotronic is one loud, manic, and ultimately entertaining horror comedy sci-fi mish-mash. Filled with tons of comic book style insanity including giant lasers, monsters, ghosts, ass-loads of action and gore…the film never stops introducing insane concepts at a breakneck pace, and always tries to give explanations to these outrageous plot devices. This is endearing and builds an absolute fuck-ton of mythology and world building, but it does have a negative side as well…

With all of that batshit fun flying around there is little time for things like plot or detailed characterization (though the actors do their best with what they are given…especially Bellucci who chews the scenery like she just pulled up a chair to an all-you-can-eat celluloid buffet, and appears to be enjoying every damn minute of it).

This could turn off some viewers (as could the dizzying, in-your-face style of the film), but ultimately you can tell that this business is exactly what the filmmakers were interested in presenting, and the actual plot is mere window dressing…it’s like two kids playing with their toys and anything goes as they go from one wacked-out scenario to another…oh and the kids have a good deal of money at their disposal.

If you are willing to put your brain firmly in park, and have your senses beaten into submission by a non-stop barrage of awesomeness, then you’ll eat up Nekrotronic with a spoon; just don’t go in expecting anything other than pure ludicrous insanity for ninety-plus minutes!

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