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TIFF Review: ‘Nekrotronic’

September 8, 2018Ben Mk



   
Equal parts The Matrix, Ghostbusters and Evil Dead, with a touch of An American Werewolf in London thrown in for good measure, Nekrotronic tells the story of the millennia-long battle between demons and Nekromancers, the demon slayers sworn to protect the Earth from the supernatural scourge.

The film follows Howard (Ben O'Toole) and his friend Rangi (Bob Savea), a pair of waste disposal workers who find themselves caught up in the conflict between the evil Finnegan (Monica Bellucci), the CEO of the sinister Daemokon corporation, who's out to feast on every human soul on the planet via a new smartphone app, and a trio of Nekromancers, Luther (David Wenham) and his daughters Molly (Caroline Ford) and Torquel (Tess Haubrich). But when Howard discovers an unexpected connection between himself and Finnegan, he unwittingly becomes humanity's last, best hope for salvation.

Directed by Kiah Roache-Turner, whose previous film, Wyrmwood, proved to be one of the highlights of the 2014 Toronto After Dark film festival, Nekrotronic fits perfectly into TIFF's Midnight Madness lineup. With no shortage of gore, fantastical story elements and tongue-in-cheek humor, this is a crowd-pleasing genre-mashup that only gets more insane as it builds to its blood-soaked, head-exploding finale.

Nekrotronic makes its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 39 min.




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