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Thomas Reitmair (screenplay) &
Olaf Ittenbach (screenplay)
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  (in credits order)
Natacza Boon ... Rebecca Verlaine (as Natacza S. Boon)

James Matthews-Pyecka ... Thomas Munster
Daryl Jackson ... David Riven
Bela B. ... Gabriel Verlaine (as Bela B. Felsenheimer)
Donald Stewart ... Don Creedon
Alexandra Thom-Heinrich ... Barbara Creedon

Jean-Luc Julien ... Medic
Anika Julien ... Young Rebecca
Jeff Motherhead ... Roger
Kayla Motherhead ... Melanie

Barrett Jones ... Officer 1 (as Berret Jones)
Damian Coyle ... Officer 2
Anthony Failla ... Officer 3
Stefan Hummel ... Officer 4
Karin Kain ... Waitress
Thomas Reitmair ... Arrested Punk
Martina Ittenbach ... Community Member 1 (as Martina Schuster)
Jacek Gluszko ... Community Member 2
Andrea Losleben ... Community Member 4
Peter Hentschel ... Community Member 5
Elá Zengin ... Community Member 6 (as Funda Zengin)
Anja Lange ... Community Member 9
Salvatore Pascale ... Special Force 01
Christoph Baumann ... Special Force 02

Heiko Dietz ... Special Force 06
Jürgen Schiffarth ... Special Force 07 (as Jürgen Schilffarth)
Dittmar Gotzmann ... Special Force 09
Burhan Özdal ... Special Force 10
Olaf Ittenbach ... Special Force 11
Torsten Mühlbach ... Special Force 12
Laurie Norquist ... TV Assistant (as Laurie R. Norquist)
Sharon Bennett ... News Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralf Altendorfer ... Medic 1 (uncredited)

Marcus Lucas ... Cop (uncredited)

Directed by
Olaf Ittenbach 
Writing credits
Thomas Reitmair (screenplay) &
Olaf Ittenbach (screenplay)

Produced by
Yazid Benfeghoul .... producer
Sören Bode .... line producer
Ricky Goldberg .... producer
Leo Helfer .... producer
Olaf Ittenbach .... executive producer
Original Music by
Thomas Reitmair 
A.G. Striedl  (as Albert G. Striedl)
Cinematography by
Holger Fleig (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Eckart Zerzawy  (as Eckard Zerzawy)
Production Design by
Torsten Mühlbach 
Costume Design by
Barbara Schwarz 
Makeup Department
Tommy Opatz .... hair stylist
Tommy Opatz .... makeup artist
Sabine Riedel .... second makeup artist (as Sabine Riedl)
Production Management
Peter Hentschel .... production manager
Stefan Hummel .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa Kolodzik .... second assistant director
Thomas Reitmair .... first assistant director
Art Department
Torsten Mühlbach .... property master
Sound Department
Chris Heck .... sound re-recording mixer
Olaf Ittenbach .... sound designer
Jennifer Siedler .... sound recordist
Florian Streitwieser .... boom operator
Eckart Zerzawy .... sound designer
Special Effects by
Olaf Ittenbach .... special makeup effects
Tommy Opatz .... special makeup effects
Pit Rotter .... pyrotechnician (as Pitt Rotter)
Salvatore Pascale .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Alexandra Anderlik .... electrician
Stefan Biebl .... steadicam operator
Philipp Chudalla .... video camera: making-of (as Phillip Chudalla)
Marc Draeger .... electrician
Peter Hentschel .... video camera: making-of
Stefan Hummel .... key grip
Lisa Kolodzik .... still photographer
Bartek Latosinski .... first assistant camera
Bartek Latosinski .... second unit camera
Torsten Mühlbach .... still photographer
Ralf Nowak .... gaffer
Gerd Reda .... best boy (as Gerhard Reda)
Thomas Reitmair .... clapper
Simone Schmid .... third assistant camera
Simon Zeller .... second assistant camera
Burhan Özdal .... electrician
Casting Department
Sören Bode .... casting
Stefan Hummel .... casting
Jean-Luc Julien .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cordula Jung .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Armin Schmidt .... trailer editor
Hannes Titze .... editing assistant
Klaus Weger .... color matcher
Music Department
Märgen Buhl .... chorals
Thomas Koppelt .... musician
Martin Lutz .... music consultant
Martin Lutz .... musician
Thomas Reitmair .... musician
A.G. Striedl .... musician
Transportation Department
Jacek Gluszko .... driver
Lisa Kolodzik .... driver
Hannes Titze .... driver
Other crew
Ralf Altendorfer .... medical equipment
Sören Bode .... location manager
Sören Bode .... production accountant
Philipp Chudalla .... designer: Verlaine page (as Phillip Chudalla)
Philipp Chudalla .... making-of (as Phillip Chudalla)
Jacek Gluszko .... production coordinator
Sonja Huber .... location manager
Olaf Ittenbach .... production accountant
Karen Kain .... continuity
Karen Kain .... script supervisor
Rainer Metz .... weapons
Armin Schmidt .... designer: title and credits
Hannes Titze .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Haunting of Rebecca Verlaine" - USA (DVD title)
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Germany:86 min
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Australia:R (2008) | Austria:18 (uncut version) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:18 (JK/SPIO) (cut) | New Zealand:R18 | UK:18 | USA:Unrated (DVD rating)

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Ittenbach Brilliance, 27 June 2006
Author: Crap_Connoisseur from Australia

This film is further evidence that Olaf Ittenbach is the current king of splatter and gore. There are directors who make scarier and more accomplished films than Ittenbach but no one currently orchestrates squashed skulls, severed limbs and general acts of mutilation better than this German maestro. Garden Of Love is a horror treasure - a highly entertaining mix of black humour and flying body parts.

Garden Of Love is probably Olaf Ittenbach's most structured film, the time leaps and flashbacks which feature so prominently in his other works have been toned down. This has the advantage of making Garden Of Love more appealing to mainstream horror fans but is initially somewhat disconcerting for fans of the manic storytelling on display in films like the classic "Premutos". After overcoming the initial shock of the film's traditional structure and the noticeably improved production values, Ittenbach fans will not take long to settle into the film - despite the somewhat slow start. In fact, in the film's first 30 or 40 minutes is oddly violence free with the exception of the initial massacre and an ingenious butcher knife infomercial.

The film's plot is admittedly rather thin. However, it more than suffices as a backdrop to the film's real purpose - blood, and lots of it. In short, the Verlaine family is massacred in their sleep and the only survivor, Rebecca, wakes from her coma with amnesia. Years later, Rebecah starts receiving messages from her dead family on the TV (just go with it!) and she returns to the family farm for a reunion of sorts. This is the point where Ittenbach kicks free of the storytelling constraints that interfere with his virtuoso approach to blood and gore and lets rip. My favourite scenes include Rebecca's inventive use of a power drill and a spectacular set piece in which the zombified Verlaine family members literally rip a team of police men to shreds. Skulls are smashed, holes punched through faces and bodies, heads shot off and torsos ripped in half. Ittenbach handles this scene with the grace and precision of a maestro conductor standing before an orchestra.

The real brilliance of the film lies in the director's "more is more" approach to gore and his phenomenal skill at employing special effects. Garden Of Love is another showcase of brilliant blood and gore effects. Their realism and impact belie the film's modest budget. It is only the presence of some dubiously talented Ittenbach regulars among the cast that occasionally reminds you that you are watching a micro budget, shot-on-video horror movie. The exception to the mediocre acting is the lead Natacza Boon, who makes a reasonably convincing scream queen. The make-up artists and cameramen deserve a lot credit for the eerie atmosphere inside the Verlaine farmhouse.

Garden Of Love exceeds all the requirements of a good splatter film. You can't help but sense that it will only be a matter of time before the rest of the world catches on to the pleasures of Olaf Ittenbach and his beautifully sick and twisted mind.

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