Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Curse of Doctor Wolffenstein

Director - Marc Rohnstock (Graveyard of the Living Dead, Necronos)
Starring - Isabelle Aring (5 Seasons, Creepy Campfire Stories), Robin Czerny (Vampire City, Seekers), and Roland Freitag (Iron Wolf, Without Sunlight)
Release Date - 2015
Genre - Horror
Tagline - "The ultimate experience in violence and gore"
Format - Bluray (Personal Collection) (Screener)

Rating (out of 5):

     German splatter is just like Japanese splatter to me.  I dislike extreme horror but German and Japanese splatter make it fun.  They actually give you a story of some kind to latch on to.  Sure, it may be outlandish but it still entertains while showering you in blood and gore.  What sets German splatter apart from the Japanese is that the stories tend to be more grounded where the Japanese stories are more off the wall and ridiculous.  That brings me to the newest release from Reel Gore Releasing.  The film, The Curse of Doctor Wolffenstein was original released in 2015 before Reel Gore released it on bluray not long ago.  The film looked interested so I reached out and they were kind enough to hook me up with a review copy.  Thanks guys!
     The film follows a group of twenty-somethings who get tickets to a giant rave.  They set out to make the trek to the event but after driving a day or so their car breaks down.  They stop by a garage to get it fixed when they are told it could take a day to get the car up and running.  They spend the night at the local motel and decide to go to the local club to kill time.  What they don't know is that there is a legend in the area about an old scientist that was performing crude experiments in the 1930s when the locals had enough of it and killed him.  However, he never truly died.  He found a way to live but through dismembering others and using their parts.  He has set his sights on the group of young party goers who are now forced to fight for their lives.
     I was feeling good for this release from Reel Gore.  Their last release, Masks, was a surprisingly well shot film that had some great kills and a fun giallo inspired story.  Their first release, Violent Shit: The Movie, was a big let down but that didn't stop me from having high hopes for this release.  The Curse of Doctor Wolffenstein was nowhere near the film Masks was but it was still a damn entertaining film.  The acting in this one is rough.  The cast shows a lot of ambition and look very natural in front of the camera but their experience is very visible.  They don't actual natural when around other characters which makes the scenes very awkward to view.  A little more experience and more direction would have went a long way.  The story for this one is a medley of several horror clich├ęs under the guise of a German splatter film.  The film's base plot following a group of teenagers traveling and then finding themselves broke down is nothing new to horror.  Evil scientists that have found a way to live longer through amputation of fresh body parts is nothing new either.  However, they both work very well together, even more so when buckets of blood is tossed in the mix.  Finally, this film is nothing short of a blood bath.  The kills in this one are quick, vicious, and bloody.  In fact, I don't think I can think of another film that has blood flowing so freely.  The effects are great for the style of kills we get but they do use the same gag over and over again which makes it lose it's affect.  Overall, The Curse of Doctor Wolffenstein is one of the bloodiest films I have ever seen.  The kills are great and the story is fun for what it is.  Not much in the way of originality but it does have blood.  Check it out.    

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