Three infamous German directors have put together a story each of love, sex and death. This trio of shock cinema gives you all you need, from a violent revenge, to a mysterious meeting at a bar.
"German Angst" has been an, as expected, anticipated movie by most of us. Bringing together the directors that have made "Nekromantik", "Zero Killed" and "Tears of Kali" into one violent anthology is bound to attract fans of the bizarre. I've lost faith in anthologies as of late, but how could I "German Angst"? Njutafilms is now releasing the movie in Sweden and my wait has come to an end.
The movie starts with Jörg Buttgereit's segment "Final Girl", and as you expect it is the most vicious segment of the bunch. A young girl with an obsession for guinea pigs is taking revenge on a man by keeping him bound and gagged. She has a very violent plan to pay him back. As you might expect, this segment gets quite gory. But it's actually not too graphic. It has a few great shots and in towards the end should please gorehounds. Jörg's segment might be the weakest in plot, but I did find the mix of violence and guinea pig trivia to be a fascinating mix.
The strangest segment is by Michal Kosakowski. The only thing I've seen from him as a director before was the fantastic murder documentary "Zero Killed". In his story "Make a Wish" he mixes fantasy, war and street violence, and I am not quite sure what to make of it. It's essentially about an old talisman that gives the carrier the ability to switch bodies with another person - and the talisman has often been used in times of violence where the victim can save themselves by switching bodies with the abuser. When a young dear/mute couple find themselves attacked by thugs, this might come in handy. It has a few twists and turns, and I felt the most uncomfortable watching this out of all segments, but towards the end I found myself a bit confused by the story.
Finally we reach Andreas Marschall's "Alraune". This was the segment I had the least expectations for, but it ended up being the most enjoyable one (oddly also probably the most flawed). A man has set up a date with a woman through the internet, and they decide to meet at a nightclub. While there, the man confuses another woman for her and end up following this stranger into the restroom where they get into some dirty business. When she's leaving, he follows her and end up at a secret club meeting. The night ends with him getting the greatest sexual experience of his life - but what actually happened? As he returns, he's about to find out that something monstrous is hiding behind the lust. The reason that I enjoyed this one the most was because it felt the most fleshed out, but it also had the biggest flaw by having awkward English with crazy accents. Yes, it was enough to almost distract me, but in the end "Alraune" was the most enjoyable of the three.
"German Angst" is certainly not a bad anthology, but my expectations going in were probably a bit too high. Jörg essentially delivered a torture segment, and Andreas' segment was "meeting a stranger at a nightclub to have sex" with a little twist. It's things that we've seen before in one way or another, and I thought I'd get a much more unique ride with this one. It does have gore, sex and provocative material so it'll please most people wanting just that. The movie is almost 2 hours long, however, and we have just 3 segments that don't deliver enough originality. Still, it is better than most anthologies we get these days, so check it out if you've been eager to see it!