‘German underground horror’ is a term coined to describe the gory, graphic and outre splatter films by a small group of DIY filmmakers that emerged in that country in the mid 1980’s. These usually very cheap, extreme and often perverse horror films by Andreas Schnaas, Jorg Buttgereit and Olaf Ittenbach, and later by the likes of Uwe Boll, Timo Rose and Andreas Bethmann, can be seen as a severed and blood soaked middle finger to Germany’s strict censorship laws at the time, laws that restricted the depiction of particularly violent and transgressive imagery.
Olaf Ittenbach’s first and second features, BLACK PAST (1989) and THE BURNING MOON (1992), are pivotal films in not only extreme horror cinema in Germany but also overseas where copies circulated among hardcore horror fans with a fervent buzz about them, a buzz that implied that you were about to see something truly made without limits, possibly something illicit. Of course the truth was that these were simply ambitious shot-on-video backyard horror films made by young men trying to perfect their craft, outdo each other and creatively defecate on any law that said they couldn't show certain things. In many ways they succeeded. There's a definite connection between the graphic mean spirited violence and prolonged torture present in German underground horror films of this period and DIY horror films made in the 90’s and 00’s, especially in the U.S.
Both BLACK PAST and THE BURNING MOON feature quite a bit of bleak European-style soap opera drama, successfully lulling the viewer into thinking they’re watching a more mundane film, this only serves to make the explosive and extended crescendos of eye-popping graphic gore and torture more impactful. Three decades later the potent and inspired barrage of Grand Guignol pantomime gore in both films still has the power to shock and entertain.
BLACK PAST is available on DVD from @massacrevideo THE BURNING MOON is available on video from @severinfilms Intervision imprint. (See all 10 screen caps)
Researchers at New York University have found that if you are a big fan of No Diggity ft. Dre, you're more likely to be a psychopath.
They found that people who scored highly on psychopath tests were more likely to rate songs like No Diggity and Lose Yourself by Eminem. People at the least psychopathic end of the spectrum were more likely to be fans of My Sharona by The Knacks and Titanium by Sia. Two songs you should now claim to love with passion.
The researchers believe that songs could help predict who has the disorder, which affects around 1 percent of people.
They hope to one day be able to identify psychopaths from their Spotify playlists.
why am i talking about this book again? guess i loooove to talk about shitty books that made me really angry and that i hated so much!
also Joe fits perfectly for today's prompt of #didyousayhorrorchallenge : psychopaths