The Cremator

Film, Comedy
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
A promising idea for a black comedy about a mild-mannered family man who runs a crematorium, this works well enough for a while as he fusses simultaneously over the details of his trade and matters of personal hygiene, gradually becoming obsessed with the notion that his ovens are a last defence against earthly torments. The trouble is that the time is the late 1930s, and Herz makes such heavy allegorical weather of his tale that one is giving absolutely nothing away by revealing that the hero and his ovens eventually find fulfilment the Nazis.

Release details

102 mins

Cast and crew

Juraj Herz
Juraj Herz, Ladislav Fuks
Rudolf HrusĂ­nsky
Vlasta Chramostová
Jana Stehnová
Milos Vognic
JirĂ­ Menzel

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Not for the first time, Time Out gets it utterly wrong. From the very first second it is clear that this is an exceptional film- one of the best of the Czech New Wave- I can't think of a single aspect in which this film underperfoms. A supremely creepy performance by Hrusinsky, remarkable editing, sound and photography in every scene and one of the best scores by Liska. Herz, himself a Holocaust survivor, never did anything this good again, but it is only his obscurity and a general neglect of Eastern European cinema prevents this film from being regarded as a horror masterpiece. Watch it if you don't believe me!

One of the best movies ever....very dark and heavy... i think its more of the drama...if you dont understand czech humore you defenetly wont find funny but brutal and shocking amazing camera, director cut and music