Jul 10, 2023
Nekrotronic is a fantastic sci-fi/horror mashup that fans of B movies will love
I know, you’ve probably never read a movie review in your life that starts out like this, but I’m drawn to demonic movies. I can’t help it. Welcome to my world, folks. It’s a grand universe where things are always colliding in a weird way. So, yes, I’m drawn to demonic movies like flies are drawn to shit. Wait, that might not be the best analogy because the movie I’m talking about is anything but a big heaping pile of dung—although it does have to do with poop, sort of. You’ll see.
The installment for this round of What the Hell Did I Just Watch is Nekrotronic (2018), and it’s a fun one. Directed by Kiah Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood, 2014), this Australian-based movie explores the demonic, demon possession, and the danger of our dumb-ass society constantly staring at their phones. It stars Ben O’Toole (Hacksaw Ridge, Bloody Hell) and Monica Bellucci (The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions). They’re probably the only ones in this movie you’ve ever heard of, as the rest of the cast is made up of low-budget heroes.
Onto the plot!
The story follows Howard North (O’Toole) and his sidekick/work bestie Rang (Epine Bob Savea, of Hibiscus & Ruthless). The two work for a sewage maintenance company where, while on the job, North finds out his true calling in life: to become a demon killer. Yep, amidst his daily shit-slinging adventures, a demon outbreak happens, and Howard North finds out why he was put on this planet.
During the encounter, North and Rang are rescued by a father/daughter(s) team called necromancers, or in layman's terms, demon ass kickers. North finds out he’s the chosen one and joins the team. Sounds like your typical demon apocalypse movie, right?
Wrong! There’s more to the story so try to keep up, will ya?
To prevent this movie from being another run-of-the-mill possession movie that falls into the B-movie abyss, we have a little twist. The demon possession takes place through the internet—more specifically, a phone app. Yeah, you heard me right. Our villainess, CEO of the evil company trying to possess people, is Finnegan (Bellucci), and she is the one leading things. Her company has developed these internet box things, which have been installed all across the city and are used in conjunction with the app to possess people.
I’m not going to spoil how the demons possess people, nor will I disclose how they even discover such a thing is possible, but I will encourage you to be ready. It’s not believable … well, I mean it could be for some people, like children, but I digress. In typical B-movie fashion, some stuff takes place without zero explanation that leaves you with some WTF moments, all of which I love! There’s even an exploding goat!
The movie has some great, gooey gross-out scenes and some decent gore, the interaction of the characters is great, and the movie is full of awkward and sarcastic humor that I found hilarious. Overall, Nekrotronic is a fantastic sci-fi/horror mashup fans of B movies will love.
Rating: Zeke gives it 4.5 out of 5 exploding goats.
Places to watch: Amazon Prime
Ezekiel Kincaid lives for horror and loves to watch it, write about it, and talk about it, whether that be in his own novels or in reviews. His experience as both a pastor and a paranormal investigator bring everything he writes to life. Want him to review something specific? Send an email to email@example.com.