Tuesday 7 February 2012

DVD review: Ostermontag (1991)

Heiko (Heiko Fipper) has fallen in love with his stepsister Fabiane who rejects him and lets her twin sister Nicole replace her. One day he plans to kill Nicole in order to end the recuring mix-ups. Unfortunately he catches Fabiane instead of Nicole and is sent to a mental hospital for the rest of his life. Years later he manages to escape his prison and seeks bloody revenge on Nicole who he blames for the loss of his love... 
Ostermontag is directed by german independent film maker Heiko Fipper and in it there is no logic, meaning, context or psychological depth. There are no believable drawn characters instead we get a collection of scenes, we get excessive violence against women and humiliations galore. It´s all staged really sick and nauseous, but it´s ineptly made and boring. We get a lot of shaky camera work and sometimes we can´t see what is happening.  The actors (recruited from family and colleagues) are amateurish but Heiko is unexpectedly good in portraying his characters madness. It´s a very dark, nasty and vicious film with extreme sadism and violence on display. The special fx and gore are poor but are compensated somewhat by the brutality and sadism on display. Some scenes are hard to sit through.
Beware that Ostermontag has been released with three alternative titles, these are; Snuff Holocaust, Das Komabrutale Snuff-Massaker and Spit on Your Fucking Grave Bitch (the DVD covers are included below the review).
This review is based on the DVD released by HF Pictures, it´s region 0, is uncut and is german language only.
Rating: 1½ out of 7. Ostermontag is a inept movie but twisted and nasty nevertheless, it´s a provocation and violation of generally accepted boundaries of taste. It isn´t a exciting or otherwise entertaining film but I like the very dark and nasty tone. As you understand this is not a film for everyone.


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