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Schramm (1993)

Not Rated | | Horror | 1993 (Germany)
As serial killer Lothar Schramm lies dying in his own blood, horrific memories of his miserable life of paranoia, self-harm and rejection flash before his eyes. A tragic look into the mind of a serial killer.


Jörg Buttgereit




Complete credited cast:
Florian Koerner von Gustorf ... Lothar Schramm
Monika M. ... Marianne
Micha Brendel Micha Brendel ... Der Gläubige
Carolina Harnisch Carolina Harnisch ... Die Gläubige
Xaver Schwarzenberger Xaver Schwarzenberger ... Älterer Herr 1
Gerd Horvath Gerd Horvath ... Älterer Herr 2
Michael Brynntrup Michael Brynntrup ... Jesus
Franz Rodenkirchen ... Zahnarzt
Anne Presting Anne Presting ... Zahnärztin
Eddi Zacharias Eddi Zacharias ... Liebhaber
Michael Romahn Michael Romahn ... Selbstmörder
Volker Hauptvogel Volker Hauptvogel ... Kellner


Lothar Schramm is a simple man with complex problems, yet he seems like such a nice guy. He works as a taxi driver and lives by himself where he is happy to answer his door to strangers and kill them outright. As with many shy loner types he has a problem dealing with woman so he drugs them and photographs their nude bodies for sexual stimulation. He then murders his helpless victims and so goes the life of a deranged serial killer. Written by Losman <losman@express-news.net>

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...today I am dirty, but tomorrow I'll be just dirt.




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A real surprise.
14 March 2009 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

I must say that out of all the Jörg Buttgereit movies I have seen so far this is by far the best. It uses all of the same themes as his other movies (nudity, sex, mutilation, violence, killings, death) but it's more successful with it than usual, making this an artistic successful one, as well as an powerful one that is being effective with its themes.

The movie gives us a real look inside the head of a serial killer/rapist/necrophiliac. We see his weird fantasies of extreme violence and sex but we also see his fantasies of how he truly wants to be. The movie doesn't present its main character as a deranged psycho but more as a man who can't help being the way he is. He's struggling with it himself at points but in the end he just can't help being the man that he is. With self mutilation he tries to fight the feelings and punish himself for the deeds he has done but it's all in vein.

Yes, it's a quite odd movie, due to its themes and the way it's being brought to the screen. Jörg Buttgereit often picks the artistic approach and uses some symbolism and metaphors. For this movie he obviously got inspired by Luis Buñuel's work. Jörg Buttgereit is like the German Luis Buñuel and Takashi Miike, though not all of his movies work out as well as this one does.

It shows the world as a dirty place. Not only with it's extreme violence or people living in it but also with its almost depressing settings. The main characters apartment looks like it's an outdated '70's bachelor shack, in the middle of a bad and poor neighborhood.

It's a movie that works on so many levels with its themes and with the story it tries to tell. Jörg Buttgereit always aspires all of his movies to be like this but not all of his work works out as well and successful as this one does though.



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