Director – Matt Jaissle (Anti-Hero, 300 Killers)
Starring – Steve Sheppard (Midnight Movie Madness), Gary Browning (Necro Files 2) and Christian Curmudgeon
Release date – 1997
Rating – 3/5
Blu Release – 4/5
Many moons ago, I befriended Wild Eye Releasing when I was new to review writing. They put out some really nice indie releases and over time they did the same. Earlier this year they announced the launch of their bluray line under the name Visual Vengeance. As a fan, I was beside myself, ready to dig into some SOV and indie horror releases in their new line. I contacted them and they were kind enough to send me the first handful of their releases.
One of those movies was The Necro Files. Director Matt Jaissle sent me this movie for review years ago when he sent in his films Revolution 666 and Necro Files 3000. was ready to see it again.
**Spoiler Alert** The film follows two detectives who are on the hunt for a serial rapist who has just forced himself on the sister of one of the detectives. They finally tracked down the sick son of a bitch and shot him dead. Some time passes and a satanic cult finds a book where they use it to sacrifice a baby to raise it from the grave. He’s now a sex-crazed zombie going after a little piece of ass and guts. Not only do the two detectives have to deal with an undead rapist, but the sacrificed baby is now alive and flying around, causing mayhem. **Spoiler alert**
Before I was sent these films all those years ago, I had no idea who Matt Jaissle was and yet alone he was a director. Jaissle has been making movies in some capacity for over 20 years. It’s a travesty that he’s been making movies for so long and I’ve only just discovered him and his work. Better late than never I guess. Anyway, The Necro Files is one of his most popular films and I can see why. It’s another movie that’s raw and rough but still has some entertainment value.
The acting in this one is hard to watch at times. I’ve seen so many independent horror films over the years. Some with budgets ranging from just $10 to several million. Regardless of the film’s budget, the film is useless if the cast lacks the dedication or passion. The cast of The Necro Files show they have the dedication but lack the experience to make their performances believable. Some actors have trouble controlling their volume when interacting with other characters. It became a pain in the ass and made some scenes hard to follow. Experience and repetition would have gone a long way and prevented this.
The story of this one is screwed off the wall. The film has several things going on without any of them being so original. To stand out from other films, the film combines these elements into a very unique story. We’ve seen so many movies about serial rapists. We have already seen countless movies with satanic cults. But we never see the two combined with a zombie and a floating baby thrown in for good measure. I loved how crazy the story was but had a problem with the way it was written. The film has several scenes that were established for character development but resulted in a waste of time.
Finally, the movie has several murders but they are nothing original or worthwhile. We get a gutting or two, but that’s about it. Pretty tame on that front which was a little underwhelming. The practical effects are also decent, but that’s about it. Overall, The Necro Files is a pretty solid movie for those of you looking for a no-budget movie that will go well with The Dead Next Door. The film has no budget and it shows but it’s still fun. I highly recommend snagging this one for your collection.
Region Free Blu-ray
Original 1997 archived SD version from the Tape Masters
Limited Edition Cover – FIRST RELEASE ONLY
All-New Audio Commentary with Producer/Director Matt Jaissle
Audio Commentary with Matt Desiderio of Horror Boobs and Billy Burgess of the Druid Underground Film Festival
New video chat with director Matt Jaissle
Matt Jaissle Super 8 Short Films
Chilean talk show segment
Dong of the Dead: The Making of The Necro Files documentary
The Necro Files Original Trailer
The Corpse: Super 8 Short Film
Bonus movie: Necro Files 3000 (2017 sequel)
Necro Files 3000 Trailer
English Dolby Digital 2.0 sound
English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Optional English subtitles
Visual Revenge Trailers
Retro VHS Sticker Set
The official Necro Files condom
Reversible sleeve with original VHS art
Collectible Mini Poster