THANATOMORPHOSE (2012) Reviews and overview

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‘Rotting never felt this good!’

Thanatomorphose is a 2012 Canadian horror film about a young and attractive woman who wakes up and finds her flesh rotting… ‘Thanatomorphose’ is a French word meaning the visible signs of an organism’s decomposition caused by death.

Directed by Éric Falardeau. The movie stars Emile Beaudry, Kayden Rose, Eryka Cantieri and Roch-Denis Gagnon.

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Jorg Buttgereit’s Nekromantik would seem to be an influence here – it appears that director Eric Falardeau is trying for the same grim, social realist atmosphere of that movie. However, Buttgereit knew how to tell his story tersely, with humour and real characters alleviating the bleakness.

In Thanatomorphose we’re stuck with a tedious tale that takes forever to go nowhere and only works as a make-up effects showcase – and even then, not well, given how dark and murky much of the movie is.

David Flint, MOVIES and MANIA

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“This is a vile and disgusting film sure to cause feelings of unease, loathing, and utter urp-itude. It’s also one of the most tragically beautiful films I’ve seen in terms of effects, simplicity, and sheer guts on director Falargeau and actress Rose’s part.” Ain’t It Cool News

“As a lifelong student of horror cinema, I found a lot to admire here. This is not the kind of horror film I’d want to watch every week — and I may even find it difficult to recommend — but I’d be lying if I said Thanatomorphose didn’t fascinate, aggravate, and impress me at the same time. FEARnet

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” …Thanatomorphose leaves a pit in your belly not just from what you’ve been forced to watch but what you’ve been forced to feel. With nerve-fraying practical effects, an eerily haunting score, and a palpable menace throughout, Thanatomorphose flaunts its brutality without once pausing to pull back or apologize for itself.” The Conduit Speaks


“Thanatomorophose is a fascinating and grotesque deconstruction of gender; female suffering has never been as poetic as this. Thanatomorophose is cult cinema in the making!” Cinezilla

“If you’re looking for a repulsive, mean-spirited, body horror gorefest … then look no further than Thanatomorphose. Writer/director Eric Falardeau (no doubt a fan of David Cronenberg’s The Fly borrowing liberally for his more grotesque moments, such as body parts in jars) has created an utterly miserable screenplay void of humanity.” Dork Shelf


“There are some good things going on here; the make-up SFX as Rose’s character begins to putrefy are genuinely rather good considering they’ll have been done on a tight budget, and the idea itself is good […] however, in Thanatomorophose the centre cannot hold, and the finished product itself goes from lividity to rigor mortis to decomposition.” Kerry O’Shea, Horror Out of Control, The Reprobate Press, 2020

“It’s a provocative idea, and the results are memorably revolting, but the film is pretty painful to watch – not because it’s shocking (darlings, we’ve seen it all), but because so much of the execution is staggeringly banal. The combination of amateurish production values (we’ll be charitable and assume this is a deliberate attempt to create a fly-on-the-wall feel) and mundane content […] make for almost unbearable viewing.” SFX

“It’s a masterpiece of blood, bodily fluids and maggots that leads to a literally jaw-dropping ending […] Indeed, despite the advances in technology since it was filmed, few films have managed to rival its effects. And despite all I’ve seen since I first saw it, it still grossed me out watching it now.” Voices from the Balcony


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