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Antibodies (2005)

Antikörper (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 7 July 2005 (Germany)
Wanted for a long time, serial killer Gabriel Engel gets arrested in a spectacular police raid. Small town cop Michael Martens travels to the big city to interrogate him and finds out more then he is looking for.

Director:

Christian Alvart
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Reedus ... Polizist Schmitz
Christian von Aster Christian von Aster ... Polizist Wagner
André Hennicke ... Gabriel Engel
Waltraud Witte Waltraud Witte ... Frau Hering
Konstantin Graudus Konstantin Graudus ... Wosniak
Heinz Hoenig ... Seiler
Wotan Wilke Möhring ... Michael Martens
Ulrike Krumbiegel ... Rosa Martens
Hauke Diekamp Hauke Diekamp ... Christan Martens
Jürgen Schornagel ... Sucharzewski
Gudrun Ritter ... Frau Sucharzewski
Laura Alberta Szalski Laura Alberta Szalski ... Sarah Martens
Klaus Zmorek Klaus Zmorek ... Bosowski
Domenico D'Ambrosio Domenico D'Ambrosio ... Techniker
Holger Franke Holger Franke ... Karl Prebisch
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Storyline

Long wanted serial killer Gabriel Engel gets arrested in a spectacular police strike. Small town cop Michael Martens travels to the big city to interrogate him. He associates a brutal murder case with the killer's method and hopes to close the case by getting a confession from Engel. Instead the clash of the two totally opposite characters shakes Michaels beliefs to the ground, turning him into a dangerous threat, an enemy to the people around him. Written by Napoleon Wilson

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

7 July 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Antibodies See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,900,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$891,133
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Martens' dog is called Schimanski - after the famous German TV cop Schimanski (portrayed by Götz George) from the Tatort (1970) series. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gabriel Engel: The world is unfair. Even to people like us. Pedro Alonso Lopez committed 300 sex murders. Now, 20 years later, who remembers him? Not a soul. Jack the Ripper is world-famous, and for what? Five bitches. Five! And Charley Manson. The hippie they called "Our Emperor" didn't even commit one murder himself.
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Connections

References Manhunter (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Unique
Lyrics and Performed by Nadeshda Brennicke
Music by Michl Britsch
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Top-notch psychological horror from Germany.
4 February 2007 | by DVD_ConnoisseurSee all my reviews

"Antikörper" is a tremendously entertaining, gripping and chilling serial killer movie directed by relative newcomer Christian Alvart. From the superb, edge-of-the-seat introduction and the inventive use of credits, the film is imaginative, brave and unpredictable.

While there are shades of "Silence of the Lambs" in this film (interestingly, there's even a throw-away comment about Hannibal Lecter as if the director was aware of the similarities in storyline and decided to confront this matter head-on), "Antikörper" is a much more realistic, character-driven piece. André Hennicke is genuinely frightening as the paedophile serial killer, Engel, who embarks on psychological mind games with the likable, country-based policeman, Wotan Wilke Möhring. Möhring's portrayal of a man who is driven to the edge of his wits is brilliant stuff and riveting viewing.

The film is undoubtedly a roller-coaster ride of emotions. There are some uncomfortable scenes (Engel makes Lecter look like Father Christmas in comparison) but they rely on the viewer's imagination rather than in-your-face gore. There are also some brief but realistic sex scenes that drive the plot along rather than serve as mere titillation. The film's strength is in its intelligence. This is not your average serial killer movie by a long way. It raises interesting moral questions such as "Just how good is a 'good man?'" I was surprised to see Norman Reedus appear in a small role in this film. Why Reedus was brought in for such a small part is puzzling but it was good to see this distinctive American actor nonetheless.

A highly recommended movie and one I'm glad to have stumbled across by accident. This is one of those film you may never have heard of but which you'll be very glad you watched.


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