Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 31st, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: Germany, 2010
Director: Marc Rohnstock
Writer: Marc Rohnstock
Cast: Thomas Sender, Manoush, Timo Fuchs, Mario Zimmerschitt, Alexander Andreszka, Tanja Karius
DVD Released: March 11th, 2014
Approximate Running Time: 127 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo German
DVD Release: Troma Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis: A minion of the devil sets in motion a plan to create an invincible army comprised of the undead.
When it comes to gore films, it is not a secret that this genre of cinema has a large fan base in Germany. And though many of these are just mere exercises in how much gore can I cram into one film. Every now and then there comes along a film like Necronos: Tower of Doom which finds a much more satisfying balance between back story and bloodletting. Needless to say this film and the genre from which it hails from are required tastes. To put it bluntly you are either going to love or you are going to hate this film.
At just over two hours in running time there are many peaks and valleys along the way, with the bulk of the leaning more towards the valleys. The narrative though pretty straight forward, it is often hampered by this film deliberate pacing which all but crushes any momentum and this is just one of many short comings this film has. Another area that this film often comes up short are the performances which are best described as wooden.
Not surprisingly the areas where this film most excels are related to gore. And in this regard the film succeeds and then some. Also though the special effects often come off as crude, there impact is not hampered in anyway. Inclosing this film was made for a very specific audience and those who fall into this category are sure to thoroughly enjoy this film, while just about everyone else best advised to look elsewhere.
Troma Entertainment presents Necronos: Tower of Doom in a letterboxed widescreen that retains this film’s intended aspect ratio. This shot on HD production looks as good as one would expect considering the limitations of this film budget. There are no major issues with compression or edge enhancement.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in German and removable English subtitles have been included. The audio sounds clear and balanced throughout.
Extras for this release include a reversible cover art, a teaser and a trailer for the film and an image slideshow. Other Tromatic extras include The Radiation March, a segment titled ‘How the director Sells his own Damn Movie’ with filmmaker James Gunn and trailers for other titles also available from Troma. Overall Necronos: Tower of Doom gets a strong release from Troma Entertainment.