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1987, Werkstattkino, 75 min, West Germany, Dir: Jörg Buttgereit

Justifiably notorious, this oft-banned cult film is not for the squeamish! Rob Schmadtke (Bernd Daktari Lorenz) has the perfect job for a necrophiliac: cleaning up places where people have been killed. His girlfriend, Betty (Beatrice Manowski), has a similar fetish, and when Rob brings his work home with him one day, he has a rotting rival for her affections. Shot on a shoestring budget using Super 8 film, NEKROMANTIK has a home-movie feel that makes its story even more unsettling. In German with English subtitles.

1999, Park Circus/MGM, 97 min, USA, Dir: David Cronenberg

When leading game designer Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is attacked by an assassin while conducting a focus group for her new virtual-reality game eXistenZ, she escapes into the game with marketing trainee Ted Pikul (Jude Law). Cronenberg is at his squirm-inducing, orifice-fetishizing best here, with great supporting turns from Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe and Sarah Polley.

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