Australian horror has had a deep impact on the genre as a whole, films like Wake In Fright (1971), Wolf Creek (2005), The Loved Ones (2009), and most recently Boar (2017) have trekked The Outback just to torture us with their sharply lethargic pacing (Fright), intense non-relenting brutality (Wolf Creek, and The Loved Ones), and excitingly action-packed creature features (Boar); now it seems we will be receiving a new installment of great Aussie [comedy] horror in Nekrotronic (also known as Necromancer):
“Howard North, a down-on-his-luck sewage worker, gets dragged into a global conflict between the Nekromancers, a family of badass demon hunters, and Finnegan (Monica Bellucci) — an evil demon who absorbs people’s souls to increase her power. When Howard finds out the truth behind Finnegan’s past and her dark plans for the future, he teams up with his new friends to discover he is the ultimate Nekromancer, the only one with the power to defeat her and save the world.”
This shortly specific plot is all we really need to know, as the trailer does an incredible job at showing us just enough to drag us to the edge of our seats, while [hopefully] not showing us too much of the good bits. Nekrotronic is the second feature film from writers Tristan Roache-Turner and Kiah Roache-Turner, who wrote the underrated zombie romp Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2014) (which Kiah also directed). If their previous feature is any indication of their filmmaking abilities, then we are in for one hell of a cosmically rad film.
Nekrotronic is chocked full with an incredible cast with Monica Bellucci (Irreversible, 2002, The Matrix Reloaded, 2003), Dave Beamish (Charlie’s Farm, 2014), Mike Duncan (Killing Ground, 2016), The Matrix, 1999) and the incredibly fun David Wenham (Van Helsing, 2004), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 2002), and 300, 2006).
The Roache-Turner’s understand how to perfectly blend horror and comedy, as seen in their debut opus, so it is safe to say with this cast and their abilities we are in safe hands. Nekrotronic is an Official Selection from Sitges, as well as one of the selections in TIFF’s Midnight Madness line-up; and one of the latest films being distributed by the Academy Award-winning company Entertainment One.
While we’re still waiting for a release date on this grandiose horror comedy, we still have the trailer to keep us titillated! Are you going to watch this when it comes out? Sound off with the Nightmare on Film Street horror community over on Twitter, Reddit, and the Fiend Club Group on Facebook!