After starting in Washington D.C. nine years ago Horror Movie Night has expanded to include chapters in Austin, Dallas and Chicago. Horror’s Not Dead’s own Brian Kelley is the originator and programmer of this illustrious weekly Wednesday night tradition which features a “classic” horror film. Each week I will be reviewing/commenting on the past week’s selection so do your best to find the film, most of which have not made it past VHS, and follow along. Better yet, start your own chapter!
This week at Horror Movie Night we got to sit down to witness a tale of reincarnation, devil worship, and dancing. In 1987 Bruce Hickey directed his one and only film that would propel him into levels of complete nothingness. It would not become a hit, nor even a cult favorite. After almost 25 years it remains as unseen as it ever was and out of conversation amongst genre film fans everywhere. But for all the lack of attention Necropolis receives, there are some moments of pure awesome contained in its brief 77 minutes.
Our story begins in the 1600’s where a blonde woman is set to sacrifice a virgin to her master Satan, but has her plans foiled by a man of God. Just before she bites the dust she swears vengeance. Cut to, present day. The same blonde devil worshiper is surveying New York City. She might have a new, shorter hairdo and a motorcycle, but her motives are still very much the same. She must retrieve a powerful ring to raise her fellow cultists and bring the devil in to the world. But the demonically lovely Eva (LeeAnne Baker) isn’t the only one who has be reincarnated; her Godly adversary is back as is her virgin sacrifice and her suitor from that previous life.
Eva: In the name of Satan, come away from this house of death. I have prepared a place for you. I am your god! The true worshiper of the flesh that will live forever. Move and show yourselves! Children of the dead, I have not forgotten my promise. Satan has never left they side. Build an altar to honor him and I will bring you the juice of life.
I’m not entirely sure what this film is trying to say, but I think it has somewhat of a conservative edge. Sure, good usually triumphs over evil in these films but it just seems a little heightened in this. Eva is a goth-punk looking chick who is out to bring Satan into power by using the life she drains from the scum of the city to make her demonic cultists more powerful. Seems like someone just wanted to show how the devil uses people – including a couple punks, a pimp, a john, and suicidal junkies – in ways they perceive to be fun but end in death. It’s as if someone is trying to send a message to the type of people who watch horror films that if they don’t fly right they’ll end up this same way. But I guess you could make that argument for most any horror flick.
Besides, I’m not sure that would really be something the filmmakers would want to perpetuate. I don’t know much about Hickey, but serving as producer is none other than infamous horror/gay porn director Tim Kincaid. You might remember his work from last year’s HMN pick Mutant Hunt, or perhaps from his other films like Men’s Room III: Ozark Mtn. Exit 8. I’m not judging anyone. Either way, neither Kincaid nor Full Moon’s Charles Band (who is executive Producer) seem like the kind of guys who would want to smack you with messages. They just want to make a crazy and/or fun flick with some nudity and blood!
This is where they succeed.
When Eva encounters a couple of young punk rockers on the street, she uses her mental powers of persuasion to get the young man, Snake, away from his girl and into her complete subservience. Soon she is sitting him down on the street where he thinks he’s about to get lucky, but instead he is drained of his life force, which drips from his forehead in a KY consistency that Eva quickly laps up like a kitten. Why the “life force” in movies always has to look like either a lube or semen I’ll never know, but it does and how she feeds that to her zombie cult members is fantastic! Eva removes her top in their presence and, after some strange chest undulations, she grows four extra boobs. That’s right, six boobs from which the living dead will suckle. Take that three-titted chick from Total Recall!
Aside from awesome boob multiplication, and using mind powers to make people kill themselves, most of the movie is pretty lame and ridiculous. The priest seems to know all about the reincarnation, and yet does not recognize Eva or the reporter and cop who were to be wed back in their troubles in the 17th century. Convenient, huh? Also a bit out of place is the lead up to the virgin sacrifice in old times. Eva is wearing modern clothes, dancing in a modern/New Wave fashion (which she does more than once in the film), and the music is very 80s. Holy anachronism, Batman!
If you wish to witness the six-boobed awesomeness for yourself, you’re in luck! In December Full Moon started putting out some older titles on DVD under the “Full Moon’s Grindhouse Collection” banner that had yet to receive a proper release, and this is one of them. Now you can own this on DVD and see all six areola displayed splendidly on your big screen TV. You will also find that Necropolis also has a pretty bitchin’ New Wave-ish soundtrack to show off the power of your surround sound system. You can find a sample track RIGHT HERE, which I’m sure will leave you with a powerful need to have this movie in your collection.
Until next week – keep your life force to yourself.
Body Count: 18
Best Death: Decapitated by a cross
First Blood: 5:51
Number of Times Eva Dances for Satan: 2
Number of Times Someone Calls Someone Else “Baby”: 17
Coming soon to Horror Movie Night (Chronicles are posted one week after screening):
-2/29/12: Silent Madness (1984)
-3/7/12: Curse III: Blood Sacrifice (1991)
-3/14/12: BYE Week for SXSW
-3/21/12: Frankenhooker (1990)