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1986 (Belgium) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Nick Van Suyt ... John Lucker
Helga Vandevelde ... Cathy Jordan
Let Jotts ... Prostitute
Marie Claes ... Sharon
Martine Scherre ... Christine
Carry Van Middel ... An
John Edwards ... Friend
Tony Castillo ... Dealer
Veerle Dendooven ... Nurse
Frans Schepens ... Agent
Werner Onre ... Man reading newspaper
Nico Karadjian ... Dealer
Eddy Cosaert ... Driver
Heidi Callewaart ... Video customer
Francis Impe
Frank Van Laecke ... Bobby
Freek Neirynck
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frankvan Laccke
Ann Piessen ... Christine

Directed by
Johan Vandewoestijne (also as James Desert)
Writing credits
Johan Vandewoestijne (written by)

John Kupferschmidt (screenplay) &
Johan Vandewoestijne (screenplay)

Produced by
Filip Beys .... producer
André Coppens .... producer
Johan Vandewoestijne .... executive producer
Original Music by
Geert Beernaert 
Peter Bonne 
Marc Ickx (director's cut)
François Lamoral 
Chris Minjauw 
Johan Minjauw 
Cinematography by
John Kupferschmidt 
Film Editing by
Johan Vandewoestijne 
Casting by
Johan Vandewoestijne 
Production Design by
Filip Beys 
Costume Design by
Filip Beys 
Makeup Department
Helga Vandevelde .... makeup artist
Production Management
Johan Vandewoestijne .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emmanuel Decoster .... assistant director
Sound Department
Filip Beys .... sound
Special Effects by
Filip Beys .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Castillo .... camera operator
Other crew
Winnie Bauwens .... script
Filip Beys .... titles
Pieter Gorin .... press
Francis Impe .... clip
Bieke Janssen .... script
Lee Cooper .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Lucker the Necrophagous" - International (English title)
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74 min | USA:68 min (Director's Cut)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Originally, the film was much longer, but due to the negatives being destroyed, it has been difficult for director Johan Vandewoestijne to scrounge together the original for a release. Before, the plot was different, with a journalist investigating the main character, John Lucker, before his rampage in the current release. The journalist becomes intrigued by Lucker, and seeks to take up his mantle. Lucker discovers this, kills the journalist, and continues his rampage.See more »
Plot holes: Lucker is a fugitive escaped from a mental clinic. The police are beginning a massive manhunt for him, and have starting points from where his victim's bodies were found (he never leaves that general area). Yet he still manages to stay in an apartment room for a week without leaving, or without the police showing up. Several people in his immediate vicinity have seen him, and the authorities surely have photos of him. If Lucker were to stay in the same place the whole time, the police would have most definitely found him within that week.See more »
[first lines]
Nurse:What's wrong with him?
Bobby:Suicide attempt.
Nurse:Hmm. Who is this guy, anyway?
Bobby:His name is John Lucker. A few years ago, he murdered eight girls. Raped them afterwards. And when I mean afterwards, I mean while some of the corpses were decomposing!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Nekromantik (1987)See more »
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Lucker the Sickophagous, 16 March 2003
Author: Bogey Man from Finland

Belgian film maker Johan Vandewoestijne (one of the producers of Emmanuel Kervyn's gory Rabid Grannies from 1989) wrote and directed this ultra low budget sickie when he was 25 years old. He had obviously seen a lot of those strong and graphic Italian, American and other nasties from the seventies and eighties and wanted to surpass them all with this tale of a necrophiliac psychopath killing women and raping them afterwards. On that strong sicko level, I can't say anything else than he definitely succeeded but otherwise this is nothing but extremely braindead garbage.

A coma patient Lucker (played by a guy named Nick Van Suyt) wakes up in the hospital and kills some people there. It is told that he was seven years in coma after being caught by the police. Once he has waken, he starts his killing spree in the city as he stalks innocent victims, mostly women, in order to first kill them brutally and then make love to their (also) rotten bodies. We follow these acts as there really isn't anything else going on in this so called film.

There aren't any positive or noteworthy things that could be said about Lucker other than those extremely nauseating gore scenes and sadism on display even though I wouldn't mention them "positive" or any merits to make this film rate any higher. This is like the first Violent Shit (1987) movie by German Andreas Schnaas: the killer just walks around, kills and (in Lucker's case) rapes the corpses, and then the circle begins again. Of course imagery and goings-on like this is extremely boring and Lucker features some of the most unnecessary and annoyingly prolonged sequences I've ever seen as we see takes of people walking around or hiding from the killer and these scenes may last even ten minutes! They are there only to make this run a little over an hour so that it could be called a feature film and that's why they are so painfully boring and stupid as they don't have any acceptable reason to their existence.

There are none of the cinematic magic shown in German Jorg Buttgereit's Nekromantik (1987) as that film has a wonderful soundtrack, music and visuals in it to make the illusion almost surreal at times and also the scenes of necrophilia not so disgusting as they aren't even meant to be. But Lucker has nothing so special, it has only the gory murders (which are quite explicit and very misogynistic), one mind blowingly disgusting corpse abusing scene and those mentioned prolonged braindead scenes.

One thing Lucker manages to make stronger than Nekromantik is the above mentioned necrophiliac love making scene which Lucker performs with a corpse he has killed seven days ago. He killed the girl and left him lie on the bed and then waited so that the body would turn into something more interesting (I guess) and then he performs his act, which will make those suffering from weak stomaches or repulsion towards this kind of idea cringe in disgust as I, too, felt almost forced to turn my eyes off the screen filled with such calculated images of perversion. The body he makes love with is covered with something I won't even try to describe here but it is also filled with maggots and worms to make the damn hellish scene as sick as possible. This is something even Buttgereit didn't want to show and why should've he? I don't think Buttgereit's Nekromantik is "sick" at all as it has many things to tell about human nature with its, OK let's admit it, unconventional and also "suspicious" imagery to make the actual "corpse scenes" not so off-putting as they could be and as they are in this Belgium case. I felt something moving upwards in my stomach while watching this one scene in Lucker so no one should even think about watching this if scared of slithery creatures and more importantly repelled by subject matter like this.

Lucker is among the sickest film experiences there is and it's also among the worst. The acting is very mediocre and occasionally irritating, the English dubbing is horrible and very over-the-top "dramatic", and this film in many ways reminds me of the Italian sleaze giallo Giallo a Venezia (1979) by Mario Landi as that film, too, is nothing but one mean spirited film filled with sex, perversion and sadistic violence without any real cinematic merits to raise it a little higher. If the late Italian exploitation king Joe D'Amato had made a child with Landi, that child's film would have probably been something like Lucker. That metaphor gives a clue what kind of an experience will this Belgium trash be. 1/10

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