The budget has allowed director Buttgereit to hire professional actors rather than rely on amateurs. This time, the film also contains a story of sorts wherein Buttgereit gets to revisit the same themes as the original but expand upon them in terms of character and backstory. Alas, the reliance upon story and straight dramatics tends to show Jorg Buttgereit up as a director whose best effect comes from a full-on assault on ones sensibilities and as being flat and pedestrian when it comes to straight drama. The attempt to add story only ends with a number of long and dull patches montage scenes of the couple going to the fairground; filler subplots about Mark Reeders work as a porn-movie dubbing artist; and scenes from a film where the couple first meet entitled My Dinner with Vera, a nude parody of My Dinner with Andre (1981), that feels like one of Buttgereits early student experimental films which has been inserted for the sole purpose of padding out running time.
Nevertheless, the film develops a sense of humour and a level of sharp irony that the first film never had. There are some effectively amusing moments in the sheer weirdness of Mark Reeder trying to make sense of finding severed penises in Monika M.s fridge. There is also a potent scene where a group of women sit around nonchalantly eating crackers with the corpses severed head lying on the coffee table while they watch a video of seals being slaughtered and gutted. There is also a compelling moment where the hero attempts to play one of Monika Ms porn videos and reacts in disgust to find the seal slaughtering video but where, in a moment of almost Buñuelian reversal, she reacts and says she finds it more arousing that watching closeups on cocks and cunts.
By sheer dint of being a sequel, NEKRomantik 2 lacks the novelty of the first films sheer shock value. There is still much that Buttgereit manages to make effective. The scene where Monika M. first undresses and makes love to the corpse is good. There is also a long and incredibly gory sequence where she places the corpse in the bath and then saws off its head and penis. These scenes are made all the more disturbing through the use of an amazingly convincing looking corpse. The film mounts to a logical and shocking climax where Monika M. solves her indecision between necrophile and fleshly love by severing Reeders head during coitus and replacing it with the corpses.
Incidentally, the plot arc in which a female necrophiliac becomes involved with a flesh and blood guy who canno;t understand her fetish, culminating in her finding her solution in the guys death and her copulation with his corpse, makes the film incredibly alike the similar, albeit less graphically presented, Kissed (1996).