A masterpiece on all counts and one of the bleakest films I’ve seen. Kopflrking should belong to the horror allstar gallery: a repulsive, obsessive, opportunistic maniac that embodies the moral decadence of the Fascist era. But it’s not just the characters and the script,but also the cinematic storytelling, editing, camerawork... all the elements support each other and make this film the dark jewel of cinema history.
Shockingly disturbing storytelling and visual language of smashed editing, dosing close-ups, random macabre shots - all this brings an exceptional cinematic experience you'll need several hours to absorb it. Masterwork is a true candy for every cinephile by the great late czech filmmaker Juraj Herz.
The ultimate anti nihilist , atheistic work of art. What a terrible thing it is to constantly mind oneself with death . Nazis, Catholics, mystics, Jews, and cremators have that one thing in common.We cannot properly mediate human atrocities unless we abrogate religion,which so vociferously studies death and whatever comes after it.
It feels like a great work of anti-corporeal philosophy, Kierkegaard and the Continental ilk who saw in their bodies the manifestation of all uncleanliness. Which obviously links it to purity, cleansing and sterility - a fairly remarkable metaphor. Occupies a self-inflated headspace that visualises as complete loathing. Remarkable cinema but will work better when I'm not trying to catch up with its plot, pace. 3.5
A detailed psychoanalysis of the potential for evil that resides in us all. Every scene adds to the likening of its character's mere bourgeoisie conformity simultaneously harboring a hateful political extremist, making The Cremator's analysis of Nazism's rise as a collective belief pure Freudian. The clinical examination may bleed out its movieness, but this isn't so much a film, but a deeper understanding of life.
Is it a coincidence that possibly the greatest horror film ever made is also one of the most empathetic to its monster? Or one that exposes how easily even the most gentle person is capable of becoming one? Yeah, this film never fails to scare the shit out of me.
The masterful direction and incredibly creepy acting by Rudolf Hrusínský make The Cremator one of the most impressive horror movies I've seen. The world around our protagonist is falling to pieces and he sees it as an opportunity to get ahead in his career. His obsession with death is sometimes funny, mostly morbid and the way the movie shows the decaying of his soul as the Nazi's encroach on his country is haunting.