#TIFF18: “NEKROTRONIC” REVIEW
Review by David Baldwin for Mr. Will Wong
In the near future, the villainous Finnegan (Monica Bellucci) has found a way to unleash demonic spirits through an addictive app on people’s phones. She wants to eat all of their souls, and the internet is her most efficient option. With the fate of the world (or at least Australia) at risk, a group of Nekromancers must turn to unlikely sewage-waste worker turned hero Howard North (Ben O’Toole) to save the day.
Nekrotronic is campy and silly enough to earn its spot in this year’s Midnight Madness line-up, but it never seems sure of itself. It wants to be Sam Raimi’s version of Ghostbusters, but is unable to commit to the right balance of Comedy and Horror. Sure it has some laughs and plenty of gnarly violence, but it also has long spurts of wasted exposition, endless world building and Bellucci sucking the life out of everything around her, figuratively and literally. She’s better than this, and she makes certain that you remember it.
NEKROTRONIC screens during at the following times: Friday, September 7, 11:59 PM, Ryerson Theatre [World Premiere] and Sunday, September 9, 4:00 PM, Scotiabank Theatre.