BERLIN – The first still was released today from Paul Rudd and Tina Fey’s new sure-fire hit comedy: the American remake of controversial snuff movie Nekromantic.

The original film was released in 1987 and – with its scenes of graphic violence, gore and sexual perversion – was immediately banned, censored or otherwise repressed in a number of countries including director Jorg Buttgereit’s native Germany. Tina Fey said, ‘I love the original and – though it’s a departure from what audiences are used to seeing from us – I think they’ll be turned on in ways they’ll probably have to deny.’

The official synopsis for the new film reads:

Meet Rob (Paul Rudd), a sanitary worker, employed by a company specializing in picking up corpses found in public places. Rob and his ditzy girlfriend Betty (Tina Fey) however enjoy having sex with the corpses Rob manages to steal from work. Things are going along nicely until the arrival of Jerry, a particularly attractive suicide that cause Betty and Rob to flip their lids, to hilarious consequences.  

‘Our version is a lot lighter than the original,’ said Paul Rudd. ‘But we kept in the scenes of animal torture because that was fundamental to the plot.’

Director Paul Weitz – responsible for such works of art as American Pie and American Pie 2 –  joked that the studio thought they were making some ‘lame ass comedy called Admission. We knew we would never get green lit for this, so we went ahead and did it anyway.’

‘The important thing is to keep making new decisions and doing original work,’ said Tina Fey.

So Nekromantic 2?

She laughs. ‘Definitely,’ she says.

Nekromantic will be out on the 22nd of March, 2017.