German Angst (2015) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

German Angst (2015) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Jörg Buttgereit, Michal Kosakowski, Andreas Marschall
STARRING: Lola Gave, Axel Holst, Annika Strauss
RATED: UR/REGION A/Widescreen/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Artsploitation Films

Three German tales of love, sex and death in Berlin from Germany’s most shocking directors. “Final Girl” (Jörg Buttgereit) The first episode, tells the story of a young girl who lives with her guinea pig in a dirty apartment in Berlin. Seemingly a little lonely except for that bound and gagged man tied to her bed. “Make a Wish” (Michal Kosakowski) This gut-wrenching tale involves a young deaf-mute couple who are attacked by a group of skin-head hooligans. However, they are in possession of a mysterious talisman that could help them. “Alraune” (Andreas Marschall) The finale follows a man who stumbles upon a secret sex club that promises the ultimate sexual experience by using a drug made from the roots of the legendary Mandragora plant. But the ecstatic experiences have horrific side-effects.

Are you over the whole shock for the sake of shock method some movies seem to have going? Well, if you are you might want to skip German Angst altogether. This is a movie put together with three shorts from three very infamous German directors, one of which being Jorge Buttgerit that made Nekromantik. This anthology tries to shock and disturb you but sadly we just get a lot of what we’ve seen from these directors and other filmmakers before. It was edgy when I was 20, but now I’m 35 and it’s just repetitive. I will give a little credit to Michael Kosakowski who’s segment titled “Make a Wish” is probably the closest thing to being entertaining this movie ever gets. That’s the only part of this movie that I can half-way recommend but even it comes with a bit of overkill and a lot of just overall downer vibes attached to it. I know this movie came originally with a lot of hype, but I think I can now see why it might have sort of fizzled out.

If you are just now diving into the more shocking world of films I can see where you might get a bit more of a kick out of this one, but even then I’m not sure why you wouldn’t just start with the original films by these guys instead of just going for this. There’s genital mutilation, there’s blood, there’s all that edgy stuff but it is being done by people who have done that before and after a while you just kind of want something a little different. German Angst sadly just doesn’t give us that. I guess I wanted more than what I got but I probably shouldn’t have expected that going into it.

Extras

– Teaser #1 (1 min 55 sec)
– Crowdfunding Video for Startnext featuring all three directors (7 min 27 sec)
– Alraune Teaser with footage extra shot for crowdfunding campaign and not part in the final movie (1 min 59 sec)
– Crowdfunding Video for Kickstarter featuring all three directors – in English (6 min 36 sec)
– Teaser #2 with extra shot material not used in the final movie! (2 min 11 sec)
– Alraune Cannes Film Festival trailer – extra edited for the festival (2 min 16 sec)
– Official Trailer 1 (2 min 2 sec)
– Official Trailer 2 with a completely different concept (1 min 48 sec)
– “Behind the Scenes” – Beautiful Making of Movie shot on Super 8 (7 min 56 sec)
– “Behind the Scenes” Photos – more than 350 high quality photos
– Audio Commentary In German (only) (1 hour 45 min 47 sec)
– Q&A at Fantastic Fest 2015 (15 min 37 sec)

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 94%