Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

måndag 23 april 2018

DAS KOMABRUTALE DUELL (1999)

Directed by: Heiko Fipper
Written by: Heiko Fipper
Stars:  Heiko Fipper, Mike Hoffman, Stefan Hoft

Country: Germany
Style: Extreme
Runtime: 1h 26min
DATE: 2018-04-23 | WRITER: SEMENYA FRENJANI SCREENSHOTS:

For a long time I had a small eye on this coveted German splatter movie, and when it was rumored that this would be the most violent movie ever made I had to give it a spontaneous attempt. And yes, I can admit that it was very strong in many places, but was it any good? That's another question.

Eightkets-mafia are in search for the Bandera family. They'll do anything to kill them, they even kill Stephens pregnant girlfriend while she's in a coma. The problem with the Bandera family is that they are immortal. One can split them in half, smashing their heads and massacring them with chainsaws, but nothing kills them, and not only that they come back alive, they will come back with a message for vengeance.

Das Komabrutale Duell is actually a collection of mounted shortfilms directed by Heiko Fipper (mostly known for 'Ostermontag') between 1984 and 1999. When it finally got a official release in 2007 it directly became banned in Germany because of its extreme ultra-violence. So, in 2008 the American distributors 'Unearthed Films' decided to drop it totally uncut in the US, which I think was much appreciated for those who missed it out when it had its notorious heyday some decades back.

The film doesn't save their blood bags and every single frame of the movie's 86 minutes contains gore, gore and some more gore, dismembered bodies, exploding heads, violent abortions and trampled fetuses and I can agree that 30 minutes of the film is quite entertaining. But when the characters never dies and are fighting each other up to 15 times, then it's very easy to get bored. It feels like I'm one of the very few people who managed to watch it whole without pausing or completly turning It of, but I can honestly say that I nearly was falling asleep during the last 10 minutes. It was just too much of cheesiness.

DKBD competes with Olaf Ittenbach's previous movies such as 'Black Past' (1989) and 'Premutos' (1997). But unlike those two titles, the effects are really bad and it focus exclusively on the violence instead of a sensible plot. The blood looks like ketchup diluted with water and plastic weapons that can be bought in the nearest toy trade. These effects are performed in such a unrealistic way that the result is laughable.

Since the movie is shot between a decade of gap, you can also see a clear contrast from aging and renewal technologies. In the beginning the actors is very young and the photolayer is too grainy, but the longer the film passes the actors grow older and the effects and the technology will soon be more developed as well. This isn't a neat transition, and it's also not a distraction. It's just a fun detail that you can analyze during the runtime.

This is absolutely not a good movie, but it can be entertaining to a certain limit. A fun way for filmmakers to experiment with different effects, but 87 minutes of slaughter and blood is just too much in the long run. I don't advise you from not watching it, after all, it has a great history in the genre of splatter movies. But the question is if you are as strong as me and succeeding watching it without a single break in between.


My rating: 1.5 out of 5








MORE DETAILS:

Produced by: Heiko Fipper
Cinematography by: -
Editing by: Heiko Fipper
Special Effects by: -
Music by: -
Language: German
Color: Color

DistributorUnearthed Films


SEMENYA FRENJANI:

Owner of and writer for Twisted Minds. French Canadian weirdo, lives in the past, afraid of the future, but curious about what to come. Beginner in extreme horror and visual arthouse, and finds it exciting to discover the world down under. Growed in the 80's and discovered cheesy classics, among others John Carpenter, Wes Craven, David Cronenberg, Stuart Gordon. Live for electro, rock and metal music and have a long story full of concert memories. This is the first time he takes the interest in writing about what he is experiencing.
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