DVD Review: Lucker the Necrophagous
Lucker the Necrophagous: The Directors Cut (1986)
Studio: Synapse Films
DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
Directed By: Johan Vandewoestijne
Cast: Nick Van Suyt, Helga Vandevelde, Let Jotts, Marie Claes
Brutal As Hell Rating: 2 ½ out of 5 stars
Review By: Marc Patterson
John Lucker, serial killer and necrophiliac is in a hospital after an attempted suicide. He’s killed countless women and with only one managing to get away alive. Now, he’s hell bent on escape and finishing what he started. We cut back into Lucker’s past, exploring the sickening atrocities he committed before wrapping around to the grand finale to this long lost film that has only managed to survive through countless “grey market” bootlegged versions.
Synapse Films releases one of the most sickening, grotesque, and disturbing films in the history of horror. I don’t say this to amp you up to see it though. Truly, you need to take a moment for self introspection if you get off on watching a guy raping rotting corpses, which is what this film portrays over and again.
Notoriety aside, I attempted to figure out if this film could stand alone as something quality away from the underground fame. Having a cleaned up directors cut certainly helps present some sort of vision, but due to ages of wear, lost/destroyed reels, etc, who the hell knows if this truly is a director’s cut in the traditional sense of the word. When we talk about cleaned up version we need to be straightforward. This still looks like you’re watching it on VHS. To be honest though, the worn look actually complements the vulgar vision of the film. The sound quality stands out as improved, and I found myself enjoying the soundtrack quite a bit. Job well done there!
Behind the base subject matter there’s not much going for the film. Lucker succeeds, and fails for nearly the same reasons. By all means, there’s hardly been a serial killer of this stature before, but on the other hand there’s not a depth of story or plot behind what is going on. Clearly this is something thrown together for shock value alone. One can’t help but be drawn into the horror, while at the same time being repulsed. The film is pretty effectual on this level.
Extras on the disc are basic, but good. A 36 minute featurette, “The Story Behind the Film” is worth watching for fans of the film. Also present is the original VHS version in English with Dutch subtitles.
I’ll be honest – This sort of thing isn’t exactly my cup of tea when it comes to horror, but I can appreciate it for its sheer notoriety and cult status in the hardcore horror community. Collectors and fans will undoubtedly snatch this one up. All others may want to pass.