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Review: Schramm (1993)

Schramm poster

This film was released roughly seven years after Buttgereit's notorious directorial debut, Nekromantik. I didn't care much for his first offering, mainly because I felt it was a copout. The subject material could have freaked just about any audience, mainstream or not, but it was presented in a way that padded the potential force of its blows. I could almost picture Buttgereit softly elbowing a nearby viewer, winking, and saying "Don't worry, it's not like I'm taking this thing seriously. Loosen up." I was not alone in my assessment. Perhaps he caught drift of these collective opinions, and created this film as a way of proving that he could deliver a pure pharmaceutical-grade story of human perversion. I doubt it, though.(read more...)

Review: Nekromantik (1987)

Nekromantik poster

I've heard it stated from film students that a director will set the message for a film within the opening scene. In Nekromantik, the first shot is a close-up of a woman pulling down her underwear, squatting in a field, and urinating. I feel that this shot holds more significance than the following one, which graphically depicts her body having been ripped in half during a car crash.(read more...)

Review: Frankenhooker (1990)

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Frank Henenlotter, the director of Frankenhooker and other films I've had the pleasure to see, is someone I'd like to meet. If his movies are any indication of his character, there isn't a pretentious bone in the man's body. He's a master in the art of grindhouse exploitation sleaze. His stories invariably involve seedy characters set in even seedier locations engaging in the seediest actions imaginable. And this is what sets Henenlotter's work a step ahead of the pack, because he's got a wonderfully demented imagination. Add to this a twisted sense of humor, a determination to offend, and a dash of social commentary. The end product is still garbage, but it's garbage of the highest grade.(read more...)

Review: The Driller Killer (1979)

Driller Killer poster

I can remember the first time I saw this, and I wasn't expecting much. I was anticipating a poorly acted exploitation movie. Good for a few laughs, maybe some halfway decent gore effects. Instead, what I found was a suprisingly deep character study of a budding serial killer. The director, Abel Ferrara, went on to make many other good films following this one. But none of them, with the exception of Ms. 45, packed such a punch.(read more...)

Review: Guinea Pig: Flower of Flesh and Blood (1985)

Guinea Pig: Flower of Flesh and Blood

When in a video store, horror movie buffs can make selections based on a wide range of factors such as direction, cinematography, acting, and style. And on some days, some may just want to see the blood fly. Flower of Flesh and Blood is noteworthy in that it strips the traditional splatter formula down to the bare minimum. It does not burden itself with things like plot or characters. It is simply a filmed record of an extremely graphic murder, and the intensity that results in watching it can be compared to drinking a triple shot of Everclear. It burns going down, gives you the shakes when it hits, and leaves you feeling dazed and nauseous.(read more...)

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