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Familienradgeber (2006)

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Ittenbach comedy?...unexpected but good
29 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I must admit the first time around I was very disappointed in this film...if fact I fell asleep. It is not...I repeat...NOT TRADITIONAL ITTENBACH. You spend $35 dollars to import some German splatter and that is what you expect Splatter. Ittenbach does something new here though; he returns to his roots of low budget schlock... basically shot on DV with a minimum crew and what appears to be little budget, Ittenbach essentially sets out to combine the amateur style horror he helped create with the absurdism of John Waters...it's fantastic ... if you realize what you are getting into. Basically it is 1 & 1/2 hours of Ittenbach and his wife killing off children that they don't want, but continue to produce. It is absurd, disgusting, and morally reprehensible; but strangely has this "Modest Proposal" feel to it. Kids get killed with cleavers, get get their hands cut off in car trucks..kids just die. I think the main problem is that most of the humor is missed because many of the individuals watching the film don't speak German like myself...a problem when many of the films that drove Ittenbach into mainstream America...(Garden of Love, Beyond the limits; House of Blood; and even the VSH release of Burning Moon)...all had dubs or subtitles. This is further compounded by the fact that many of his early films didn't need translation to follow...they were blood, gore and demons with predictable stories that you could follow through the cinematography...a staple of a good director. It would seem that with the current film though, most of the humor and plot is driven by the dialog and it takes some time for the movie to progress...that is because it is a comedy and not a horror film...in fact it is safe to call it satire..which in itself implies a dry, slow, overly serious approach to something that should not be handled in that matter. It is a step out for Ittenbach and I give him a round of applause..plus I think it says a lot for him to be able to step back from doing higher budget releases and return to his roots that made him who he is...not many can make it in the film industry and remain true to themselves...I mean seriously...where's Bad Taste 2...that's right Go Ittenbach.


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