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202 Ratings

Tenderness of the Wolves

Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe

Directed by Ulli Lommel
West Germany, 1973
Horror, Thriller, Cult


The story of a serial killer who murders young boys so he can serve them as dinner to his circle of fellow cannibals.

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Tenderness of the Wolves Directed by Ulli Lommel

Critics reviews

Lommel withholds details of background or psychology that might serve to humanize Haarmann, and while this makes for a starker portrait, its integrity derives from its remorselessness (no “I can’t help with I do!” outcries here). Arrow’s impressive new Blu-ray makes palpable the Fassbinderian squalor of a society overrun with wolves, their tenderness making them all the easier to cannibalize.
November 04, 2015
If Tenderness of the Wolves works on a reflexive register, it’s due to Raab’s performance, which consistently displays his own homosexuality in a fashion that blurs lines between fiction and documentary, albeit a bit coarsely, since Lommel often trains his camera on Haarmann’s sexual encounters to milk their exploitative potential.
November 04, 2015
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