Thanatomorphose – Canada, 2012

Thanatomorphose poster

‘Rotting never felt this good!’

Thanatomorphose is a 2012 Canadian horror feature film directed by Eric Falardeau. It stars Emile Beaudry, Kayden Rose, Eryka Cantieri, Roch-Denis Gagnon

‘Thanatomorphose’ is a French word meaning the visible signs of an organism’s decomposition caused by death. One day, a young and beautiful girl a wakes up and finds her flesh rotting…

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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. Here, 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.


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“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

” …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 gore fest … 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.” Eric Marchen, Dork Shelf


“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.” Ambush Bug, Ain’t It Cool News


“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.” Ian Berriman, SFX



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