The Burning Moon, the German director Olaf Ittenbach's second feature film, which fades a bit more in its performance, unlike Black Past, which I thought was much more entertaining in many ways. This one had a script that could have been fun, but it's significantly worse performed and this is possibly one of Ittenbach's worst movies ever. It still remains to be seen!
It was almost four years between Ittenbach's debut and The Burning Moon, but it's not very much that has changed quality-wise. The camera technology, as well as editing, are the same as before, even though the camera has a finer and more uniform image to the contrasts. But the plot is actually much worse done unlike what we learned from Black Past - and that made me kind of disappointed to be honest.
In The Burning Moon we follow a juvenile crime who drinking alcohol, shooting heroin and fighting. But one day he has to be a babysitter for his little sister. Therefore, he decides to find out two goodnight stories that no one else would tell a youngster.
The first goodnight story that our addict gives us is called "Julia's Love" and is about a crazy killer. He escapes from a mental hospital and puts a young woman in hostage and kills her entire family. But the blood-filled scenes and the slaughter that had previously been promised were milder than I expected. I was disappointed that the blood did not spray as much as I wanted it to do. Lame!
The second goodnight story is called "The Purity" and tells us about a priest in devil worship who secretly walks around and kills the inhabitants. Unfortunately, another villain is accused of the attacks because he is considered odd because of his absence. The remaining villagers invest money and decide to kill him, but what they don't know is that the priest has put a curse in the village and those who bullied and stumble up the unbelief will face the flames of hell with evil deadness.
The last sequence in The Purity is just about "Hell" and it shows us a long and elaborate scene on what's going on deep down there. The purity is so terribly long that it isn't worth the waiting for the last sequences. I also didn't think the scene was performed very nicely just because Ittenbach chose to summarize the result in the smallest detail possible. It's just so boring in the long run.
To judge "The Burning Moon" in its entirety, it all felt like a meaningless pastime. I can brag that I could keep me awake for almost two hours - but it was not a funny experience at all. I'd rather stared into an empty wall like a catatonic mental patient and imagine something more peaceful and better. And yes, I'm very aware that Ittenbach has a long section of goodies in front of him, but from his wide film market this is one of the worst I have seen so far.
Rating: 1.5 out of 5.
Written by: Olaf Ittenbach
Produced by: Olaf Ittenbach
Cinematography by: Michael Müller
Editing by: Walter Szewczyk
Special Effects by: Olaf Ittenbach
Music by: A.G. Striedl
Cast: Olaf Ittenbach, Beate Neumeyer, Bernd Muggenthaler, Ellen Fischer, Alfons Sigllechner, Barbara Woderschek, Helmut Neumeyer, Andrea Arbter, Herbert Holzapfel, Thomas Deby, Karl-Heinz Nebbe, Karin Dellinger
Runtime: 1h 26min
Distributor: IMAS Filmproduktion