Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

onsdag 7 mars 2018


Directed by: Magnus Blomdahl
Written by: Magnus Blomdahl
Stars: Magnus Blomdahl, Marian Dora

Country: Sweden | Germany
Style: Documentary
Runtime: 60min

An interesting sight into something I thought I would never know anything more about. As soon as I heard about 'Revisiting Melancholie der Engel' I had to pre-order the DVD from Black Lava Entertainment. I just couldn't miss out on a documentary about one of these movies I couldn't finish off.

I remember when I heard about Marian Doran for the first time. It was because of his movie 'Cannibal' (2006) and I was in shock just hearing about it. I've always had a fascination for the Meiwes case (still do) so a movie about the "found footage" itself - the crime in itself - really intrigued me.

Cannibal left me with a bad taste in mouth and a sensation of being hollow on the inside. I truely loved it, cause I had witnessed a true horror film. It's not a bad film, let's get that straight. Most moviegoers like to have a cute jumpscare and to watch the antagonist go up in flames until next time. Sure - I do also enjoy the occasional easy going horror flicks (mostly from the 70s and 80s) but more as a fun time and not to be horrified.

Marian Dora, intentionally or not, is a master of the truly horrific. A rape of the senses. And yet it's kind of beautiful. He knows the language of film, how to use horrific pictures and events to make something incredible disturbing and fascinating - all on video!

The best parts of a Ulli Lommel "shot-on-video" movie is when Dora is involved. It comes alive. When Dora decided to make his magnum opus which with clarity is 'Melancholie der Engel', he had the tools and the experience. But during the-making-of movie, Dora told us that he entered his personal hell... There are no "behind the scenes" or funny "bloopers". The only thing we had about the making of this movie were rumours - until now...

Magnus Blomdahl, the author of the books 'True Horror 1-2' which takes a interesting look on extreme cinema and the makers of these underdog films, made this movie by himself. He really did. Directing, editing, shooting, interviewing - everything. Does it shows? Yes. Does it make it bad? On the contrary. The discussions he and Dora has demanded somekind of a personal relationship between them. This isn't your common movie we're talking about - this is 'Melancholie der Engel'; A piece of disturbing art so far from conventional cinema you can come basically.

For the first time we get to hear the man behind it all speak about making it. We get to see some of the places where the shooting took place. An eerie feeling grows through out the whole movie, all while Magnus and Marian talks about the making of something that didn't end up as Marian thought it would, or as he would have liked. But that he still is very proud of (and he should be).

The whole documentary is basically a conversation between these two while we are being taken on a guided tour through the locations of the movie. It's an amazing opportunity to get to know more about one of the most disturbing and fascinating movies (and directors) of all time. I only wish it had a longer running time with more stories and an even more in-depth look at 'Melancholie der Engel' and especially it's director. This is underground cinema at its best and I highly recommend taking the dive into the world of Marian Dora...


Produced by: Magnus Blomdahl, Flavio Speglitz, Patrick Templin, René Wiesner
Cinematography by: Magnus Blomdahl
Editing by: Magnus Blomdahl
Special Effects by: none
Music by: ?
Language: English
Color: Color

Distributor: Black Lava Entertainment


Writer for Twisted Minds. Indie-filmmaker based in (but not exclusive to) Gothenburg, Sweden. Has been acting since the age of ten and has writing for even longer time. He likes all sorts of movies and are doing his best to find the good parts in the worst ones. Writer of articles and reviews in both English and Swedish. Lover of the indie film-scene where he believe true creativity and freedom happens today - To express the wonderful words of Troma; "Let's make some art!".