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Necropolis [DVD] [1987] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006J6CDAE
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You're never going to love this movie but it is a nice example of the 80's indie horror scene from New York.
An ancient witch reincarnates over the generations to exact revenge time and time again on the descendants of the earliest settlers on Manhattan island who did away with her many moons ago.
There is some good guerilla filming on the night time streets of the city that give the flick a nice edge.
Also check out Mutant Hunt and Slime City from the same era filmed in the Big Apple.
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I really dig "Necropolis" since i saw it the first time in the early 90s on VHS.
I was totaly happy & exited when i saw that Full Moon now released it on DVD.
When my DVD finaly arrived and i had it in the Player immediately the disenchantment and disappointment kicked in!
It is a VHS Transfer in poor quality - sad that Full Moon didnt bothered to remaster it digital.
When you play the DVD there is also a note, that Full Moon used the best available source for the DVD.
Strangely i've seen this "Necropolis" a couple years ago on a Cable Channel (on "Impact") and it there it had a crisp & clear quality.

If you like "Necropolis" and just want to own it, no matter if the quality is poor, go ahead an buy it.
If you care a lot about a good clean quality, skip on this one please!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Abject acting, a story I can't explain, and cheap exploitation tactics make this laughably awful flick ONLY for bad horror fans. 19 Aug. 2012
By John's Horror Corner - Published on Amazon.com
Abject acting, a story that I can't really explain, and cheap exploitation tactics make this laughably awful flick watchable to only the most serious of bad-horror lovers. Other reviewers mention gore, zombies and the ending's twist. I would warn that none of these elements are strong-suited in this--not even a bit.

New Amsterdam, 1686--A hideously bewigged LeeAnne Baker (Mutant Hunt, Breeders)with way too much slutty eye make-up does a bare-nippled 80s dance routine in honor of her "marriage" to "the king of Hell" in front of what I can only describe as a stage prop from a KISS concert in front of a smoke machine. Then some guy finds his way to her lair with a small mob and rather thoughtfully and slowly "stabs" her in the stomach with a totally blunt crucifix. Her reaction: "You will never kill me...blah blah blah...and seek my revenge." At this point I have no idea what I'm in for.

Fast forward to present day New York City and she has a motorcycle, much shorter hair, the same slutty 80s dance moves, and just as much slutty eye make-up. She stops by her local dark arts store and uses telepathy to strong arm the owner into giving her "the Devil's ring." When he doesn't offer it up she "telepathies" him to death. It's terrible. Then she uses some suggestive ESP/mind control to make some descendent of the crucifix-stabbing reverend look bad. In fact, she encounters reincarnations of everyone in the 1686 mob--all evidently reincarnated at the same time (i.e., 300 years after their "first" birth).

As she continues killing reincarnated mob members, she eventually finds some virgin reporter--a reincarnated virgin she tried to kill in the opening scene--whom she must kill to gain something. Not sure what though. Evidently, she either reincarnates with all of her memories from time to time, or she's been alive for the last 300 years, in either case with some major powers of enchantment. So what does she want with this virgin anyway?

She summons the "children of the dead" in the sewers to help her do...whatever it is she's trying to do. These minions look like zombie cultists or something. She goes around stealing souls which, apparently, are composed of thick clear mucus. For some reason, though, these zombies never really do anything. I mean, they kidnap the virgin, but the witch could have done that herself with her nifty mental magic.

The holy $#!+ moment of the movie: So, after collecting some souls she returns to the sewer to feed her zombies. To do this, she performs a short ritual during which the zombies literally stare at her while she's topless. Then she grows four more breasts--yes, I did just say those words--she grows four more breasts which secrete the liquefied gooey goodness that is human soul so that she can sloppily breast feed more than two zombies at once--I guess they're not very patient. Because everybody knows that zombies breast feed on gooey souls, right? Oh, and of course we see this oozing breasty six-pack more than once in the movie. You know, just to drive the point home of how important this minion nourishment task truly is. This is every bit as awful as the giant semen hot tub in Breeders...just shameless. However, on a completely different note, I would like to point out that this was released years before the three-breasted woman graced the silver screen in Total Recall (1990, 2012). This isn't the only prophetic moment of the film either. Later, a pimp giving a pep talk to his hookers on a slow night says "if you think of tricks they will come." I guess that's where they got the idea for the tagline for Field of Dreams (1989). Then our witch telekinetically bitch slaps the hooker like Darth Maul using the force. It seems that a lot of writers and directors sampled ideas from this lesser known, crusty little horror gem.

The end is, true to form, awful. The priest, armed with sharpened twigs bound together into a cross, along with our sleazy cop interrupt the witch's ritual sacrifice. This "action sequence" is painful and to call it a finale would just be more upsetting. Then there was the attempt at a twist at the end. Not very twisty; quite predictable; oh, and awful, though it did draw a smile.

Some interesting inconsistencies include 1) the virgin British reporter (in NYC, already not credible) inviting a sleaze-bag Italian New York cop (who was her 1686 groom-to-be) to her surprisingly sex-friendly apartment where she lives alone, 2) I never knew zombies ate that way--why wasn't that in any other movies?, and 3) why was the witch trying to kill that virgin again?

IF YOU LIKE THIS WATCH: With LeeAnne Baker: Mutant Hunt (1986), Breeders (1986). Without LeeAnne Baker: Alien Contamination, Deep Space, Galaxy of Terror, Inseminoid, Dreamaniac, Nightwish, Humanoids From the Deep, Slugs, Hardware, Of Unknown Origin. SIDEBAR: This flick is called Necropolis, which means "city of the dead" or such. I don't think that a few dead New York Italians and a few breast-feeding zombies constitute a city of the dead.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Hickey's Necropolis 5 Jun. 2002
By Charles Tatum - Published on Amazon.com
In 1686 New Amsterdam (New York City to you and me), an evil witch tries to off a recently married virgin. She is stopped in the nick of time by the local townsfolk, but swears revenge. Fast forward 300 years, and through the rest of this movie, and the witch is back, as are all the townsfolk who tried to stop her before. You see, apparently when you are reincarnated, you are reincarnated as a group.
The newly reincarnated include an embarassing Italian detective, a cute spunky virgin reporter, and an African-American priest who also believes in the reincarnation theory. The witch now needs to finish killing the virgin so she can become immortal...I think, since she is already 300 years old. She calls up a few devilish minions and wreaks havoc on the stereotypical underbelly of the Big Apple, stealing ectoplasm from humans after she kills them so she can feed her zombie friends. A frenzied climax and a "surprise" ending round out a perfectly awful film.
To begin with, the 1686 witch looks just like singer Bonnie Tyler. She does some kind of weird semi-topless dance during the ceremony that just confirms that the devil invented low impact aerobics. In 1986 New York, she must find the devil's ring so she can kill. The priest picked it up in a low grade satanic supply shop for no other reason than to move the plot forward. At one point in the film, and I am not making this up, the witch grows an additional four breasts so she can feed her zombie followers ectoplasm right from the source. I always preferred my ectoplasm with a light blue cheese dressing, but this was the '80's and I do not think zombies are very picky concerning their ectoplasm connection.
The New Yawkers, trying to sound New Yawk, are all portrayed as pimps, hookers, and junkies. They use ethnic dialogue from the last Cleopatra Jones movie to sound even more authentic. The spunky virgin reporter is from Britain, and succumbs to the charms of the "yo, Eddie" detective. Watch for the coroner character, who is supposed to be very gay and very funny. He does not do either well.
The action scenes are awful, the ending is protracted, and the acting is abysmal. The film gets really gory, but the fake breast appendage is hilarious.
"Necropolis" is the city of the dead, and the film is completely devoid of ideas. I would take another exit and find a better town to frequent.
This is rated (R) for physical violence, gun violence, gore, profanity, strong female nudity, brief male nudity, sexual references, and adult situations.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So very, very awful. 10 Oct. 2008
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Necropolis (Bruce Hickey, 1987)

Bruce Hickey's career in Hollywood as a writer/director lasted for all of one movie. Now that I have seen that movie, I'm pretty sure I understand why.

Necropolis is the story of a 300-year-old witch (LeeAnne Baker, whose other credits are as obscure, and likely as awful, as this one) who is reincarnated as a punk rock/biker chick. She needs to sacrifice a virgin in order to regain her full powers, but she doesn't mind sacrificing a few non-virgins along the way in order to get the energy to feed the army of zombies she's growing beneath the streets of New York City. No one notices. (Oddly, this is the one detail in the entire plot for which I didn't need to suspend my disbelief.) There's a murder-mystery subplot that is, of course, tied back into the main plot, and a lame-brained romance between the cop investigating the case and the aforementioned virgin, but you can safely ignore it all. For that matter, you can ignore this entire movie, which has not a single redeeming quality to recommend it. The direction is shaky at best and nonexistent at worst, most of the acting makes more recent amateur productions (and I'm not talking about the really good ones, either) look like Oscar-winning fare, the cinematography is messy (and how hard is it to screw up a film that's basically perpetual night with lots of fog?), the sound mix seems to have been recorded through cotton batting... I could go on, but really, why waste any more words on this? Unless you have a serious penchant for awful eighties horror films, avoid this like the plague. I want my seventy-seven minutes back. (zero)
3.0 out of 5 stars But not real bad like some have lead you to believe 20 Aug. 2016
By keith seago - Published on Amazon.com
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VERY 80'S! But not real bad like some have lead you to believe. Blood, gore, Devil worship, topless dancing and heavy makeup typical 80's horror stuff.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining, if you like micro-budget 1980s shlock horror 13 Jun. 2012
By Thomas M. Sipos - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a really low-budget gem from the 1980s. Yes, it's an inept film, but it should appeal to certain tastes.

A witch is killed in the late 1600s New England. The filmmaker makes a decent effort with the costuming, though the rough production values and performances don't help in creating a period atmosphere.

Flash-forward to 1980s New York City. The witch has been reincarnated as a slutty punk rocker on a motorcycle. She's trying to get back a magic ring to resurrect her coven.

I like NECROPOLIS because it's a slice of the 1980s New York City punk scene. The film FEELS so 1980s. So punk rock. So lower eastside/Greenwich Village. The clothes. The hair. The shots of lower Manhattan filmed from the Jersey shore.

Yes, the acting is really bad, from the Italian-accented cop, to the hyper-sexual "virgin," to the flaming-gay coroner, to the dufus priest, to the stereotypical streetwalkers and their pimp, to the punked-out witch.

There's also much gore, if you like gory horror.

This looks like what it is. An ultra-low-budget indie horror film, shot in the 1980s on the gritty streets of New York. It's a fun film, if you're in the mood for this sort of thing.

I'm just disappointed that this DVD is FULLSCREEN. I have it on VHS, and don't see any point in upgrading for another fullscreen version.
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