THE GERMAN CHAINSAW MASSACRE (Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker) Christoph Schlingensief, D 1990, 60 min
Christoph Schlingensief's response to German reunification!
The events of that day were to lead to the discovery of one of the most bizarre crimes in the annals of German history, in which a 6-headed West German family (played here by Alfred Edel, Volker Spengler, Udo Kier, Susanne Bredehöft, Dietrich Kuhlbrodt & Brigitte Kausch) from the Ruhrpott butchered GDR emigrants one after the other. With a guest appearance by Irm Hermann as customs officer!
Schlingensief's breakthrough film propelled him into public consciousness as one of Germany's most unconventional, daring and refreshing filmmakers. Shot in gloriously grainy 16mm in a stunning industrial area in Mülheim an der Ruhr, it mixes trash horror aesthetics (production design by Uli Hanisch (THE INTERNATIONAL, THE PERFUME - THE STORY OF A MURDERER a. o.) with Schlingensief's experimental roots. A gory, shrieking and abrasively satirical horror movie full of black political humor, exposing the free market as the meat market that it is, THE GERMAN CHAINSAW MASSACRE rightfully deserves its status as an enduring cult film.
Like a Brechtian parable re-worked by Tobe Hooper! (Time Out Film Guide, Nigel Floyd)