In Schlingensief’s alternative vision of German reunification, a group of East German emigrants encounter a West German family of psychotic butchers. As the film’s tagline suggests: ‘They came as friends and became sausage!’
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A surprising satirical endeavor, The German Chainsaw Massacre trivializes American cinema while simultaneously meditating on the reunification of Germany. With terrifying juxtapositions of Western and Eastern absurdities, the film focuses on the buffer zone between true Democracy and shrouded Communism, while gently reminiscing of naive Americans exploring the dark and dangerous corners of the deep South.
MUBI would have us believe that this disgusting horror film is "meaningful". So far, all of this dude's films are bad. The one he made when he was seven wasn't as bad as the ones he made when he grew up. But that one wasn't good either. This one is disgusting AND stupid.
Serious cinema lovers, steer clear! This film is like a particularly foul-smelling bowel movement.
Shows newly reformed Germany's debate on accepting Westernized values at this difficult time. The grindhouse aesthetic is proof that when filmmakers work on the unfettered principle of so-called 'bad-taste' it's equivocal to freedom. Its extremely unfocused, childish nature mars it, though. The half-baked metaphor and outrageous nature is there, however. Not enjoyable, but historical and politically meditative.
I understand the political point that was being made but it was so badly done that I came away thinking that I was watching a film made by 13 years old boys who love horror but only had a budget of £100. Crass,vulgar, and extremely boring.