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Blackest Heart (1990)
"Das deutsche Kettensägen Massaker" (original title)

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Also known as: The German Chainsaw Massacre, Das deutsche Kettensägen Massaker, Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker, Massacre allemand à la tronçonneuse, Blackest Heart Description: In "... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karina Fallenstein ...
Clara
Susanne Bredehöft ...
Claras Mann / Margit
Artur Albrecht ...
Claras Liebhaber
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Hank
Alfred Edel ...
Alfred
Brigitte Kausch ...
Brigitte
Dietrich Kuhlbrodt ...
Dietrich
Reinald Schnell ...
Kurti
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Jonny
Irm Hermann ...
Die Zöllner
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Die Zöllner
Ingrid Raguschke ...
Die Zöllner
Kurt Wiedemann ...
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Ossa
Sergej Gleitmann ...
Ossus (as Volker Bertzky)
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Also known as: The German Chainsaw Massacre, Das deutsche Kettensägen Massaker, Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker, Massacre allemand à la tronçonneuse, Blackest Heart Description: In "German Chainsaw Massacre" people meet up with a household of butchers. They detect low cost meat in the East Germans moving over the old boundary into the West and start turning them into sausage. Clara flees the slaying of her sleazy spouse and the rotting East, and lands in the arms of butchers. She is held alive simply because the daughter of the family falls in love with her. This German movie is a satirical massacre splatter flick that provides lots of inexpensive gore. It's full of political overtones and has a lot to Tobe Hooper's terror classic "The Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers". If you're a lover of German gore and absurdness, check it out!. 16 million East Germans on their way to the golden West. 4% never got there: were they turned into Wuerste (sausages)? If you knew Christoph ... Written by Anonymous

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HEAVY HANDED DIRECTION AND LACK OF HUMOUR
22 August 1999 | by (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Enfant terrible Schlingensief's view on the relationship between West and East Germans (Wessies and Ossies) is a very black, trash and low-budgeted horror film in which the Ossies are massacred and eaten by the Wessies; that is the way Schlingensief sees relationships between people in general. The story (such as there is) is hard to follow; Schlingensief seems more interested in showing atmosphere. Very gory horror effects, quite some faces are beaten to mash.

There are some nice scenes, like the 5 former GDR customs officers who think the GDR still exists, but on the whole watching this film takes quite some perseverance not for the over the top horror (thàt over the top that it is hardly shocking), but for its heavy handed direction, ditto photography (very tiresome at moments), its grim view on life and lack of humour. On the other hand: to Mr. Schlingensief these four aspects may be going hand in hand, which would mean that he at least succeeded in making a very personal film. Hard core vegetarians better be ware.


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