Monday, November 7, 2016

The Curse of Doctor Wolffenstein

                                                                  Review by Mrparka

In a small German town in 1930 outraged towns people cut out the tongue and bury a "Doctor Wolffenstein" alive for his inhuman experiments on men and animals alike. In a true mad scientist/witch fashion he puts a curse on them in his final moments and soon rises from the grave. We then cut to present time where a group of five teenagers heading to a concert festival end up stranded in the small town where Doctor Wolffenstein still resides. Doctor Wolffenstein is hiding out in the outskirts hacking and chopping up anyone he comes in contact with for experiments and to replace his rotting flesh.
                Doctor Wolffenstein's main goal is gore and, on that front, no German Splatter fan should be disappointed; though some other aspects are somewhat lacking. Wolffenstein can become tedious; watching people being hacked and slashed in similar fashions for nearly two hours is a bit prolonged. The first hour and 25 minutes of the film seems to jump back and forth between two different movies. The first being the group of teens who drink and practice shenanigans on each other with the backdrop of clubs and pop music playing. The second being a much more grotesque film where a rotting doctor hacks and slashes naked women and men to bits and pieces in grueling detail. This second film seems to play more like a torture porn film, but does add in a parasitic creature which adds a layer of B-movie fun. Although the film has a repetitive nature it is well acted for its type, the special effects are great (although the trick machete gag is used way more than it ever should be), and it’s an ambitious film that believes in what it is doing. The positive of the long run-time is that we do get to know the characters a bit; they aren't really the most three dimensional but they aren’t despicable and there is sympathy to be had when they meet their end.  At certain points the film seems to come to complete stops to showcase the gore, the main feature, but this choice effects the pacing; spending 15 minutes killing non characters with a machete is a bit excessive. Sprinkled in these non-characters are a few familiar faces that make the film a bit more enjoyable, bringing their brand to the film, including Manoush and Olaf Ittenbach. Any other negatives are minor, including some poorly chosen sound FX cues that seem to appear in too many other indie movies.

“Curse of Doctor Wolffenstein” is one of the most ambitious German Splatter movies made in recent years, but it is only really great if you like gore films. The Blu-Ray/DVD edition packaging it top notch and features Behind the Scenes, Bloopers, Still Galleries, a Short film, and a Trailer.

Dr. Victor Wolffenstein, a genius and at the same time devilish doctor, has set himself a huge goal, he wants to become immortal.

In the Year 1930, in a small village and with the help of scientific experiments and occult rituals, he brews a serum (vielleicht besser POTION), which is supposed to help him achieve his goal. But the Serum has an unwanted side effect, he becomes immortal but has to pay a huge price, he becomes infected with necrosis, through which his limbs start to rot and the only thing left for him to do is to replace his body parts.

Dr. Wolffenstein recklessly starts to harvest limbs from the other villagers; he mutilates and kills with no remorse. The villagers don't put up with this kind of the devil’s work! An angry mob overpowers the Doctor in his office, kidnaps him and buries him alive.

More than 80 years later, five teenagers are on their way to the biggest Rave party of the year. On their way they get stranded in a small village, due to a car accident, now they have to wait for the repair. To get the best out of their situation, the teenagers decide to visit a local discotheque and then the terror begins.

Dr. Wolffenstein is back, with the help of his evil minion the Infiltrator he persuades his victims to come to him. The only thing in his mind is to end his curse, to find the flaw in his serum and to cure himself from the necrosis. Nothing and no one will be safe from him.

Mika Metz, Isabelle Aring, Roland Freitag, Stephanie Meisenzahl, Robin Czerny, Julia Stenke, Mario Zimmerschitt und Oliver Krekel

Directed By
Marc Rohnstock

Written By
Marc Rohnstock

Screenplay By
Marc Rohnstock

Produced By
Lars Rohnstock, Marc Rohnstock, Dominik Ruf

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