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DAS KOMABRUTALE DUELL (1999)

Written by: Greigh Johanson.

For a long time I had a small eye on this coveted German splatter film, and when it was rumored that this would be the most violent film ever made I had to give it a spontaneous attempt. And yes, I can admit that it was very strong in many places, but was it any good? That's another question.







Eightkets-mafia are in search of the Bandera family. They will do anything to kill them, they kill even Stephens pregnant girlfriend while he's in a coma. The problem with the Bandera family is that they are immortal. You can split them in half, smashing their heads and massacring them with chainsaws, but nothing kills them, and not only that they come back alive, they will certainly come back with a message for vengeance.

Das Duell Komabrutale is actually a collection of mounted shortfilms directed by Heiko Fipper between 1984 and 1999. When it finally got a release in 2007 it directly became banned in Germany because of its extreme ultraviolence. So, in 2008 the American distributor "Unearthed Films" decided to drop it on the other side of the earth and this, I think, was much appreciated for those who missed it out when it had its notorious heyday some decades back then.

The film doesn't save their blood bags and 87 of the film's 90 minutes contains gore, dismembered bodies, exploding heads, violent abortions and trampled fetuses and I can agree that 30 minutes of the film is quite entertaining. But when the characters never dies and are fighting each other up to 15 times, then it's very easy to get bored. It feels like I'm one of the very few people who managed to watch it without pausing or completly turning It of, but I can honestly say that I was falling asleep during the last 10 minutes. It was just too much of cheesiness.

DKBD competes with Olaf Ittenbach's previous films Black Past and Premutos. But unlike those two titles, the effects are really bad and it focus exclusively on the violence instead of a sensible plot. The blood looks like ketchup diluted with water and plastic weapons that can be bought in the nearest toy trade. These effects are performed in such a unrealistic way that the result is laughable.

And not to forget: Since the film is shot between a decade of glitches, you can also see a clear contrast from aging and renewal technologies. In the beginning the cast is very young and the photolayer is too grainy, but the later the movie we get, the older our cast are going to be and the effects and the technology will soon be more developed as well. This isn't a neat transition, and it's also not a distraction. It's just a fun detail that you can look out for during the playtime.

This is absolutely not a good movie, but it can be entertaining to a certain limit. A fun way for filmmakers to experiment with different effects, but 87 minutes of slaughter and blood is just too much in the long run. I don't advise you from watching it, after all, it has a great history in the splatter genre. But the question is if you are as strong as me and bothered watching it without a single break in between.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.



Directed by: Heiko Fipper
Written by: Heiko Fipper
Produced by: Heiko Fipper
Cinematography by: ?
Editing by: Heiko Fipper
Special Effects by: ?
Music by: ?
Cast: Heiko Fipper, Mike Hoffman, Stefan Hoft
Year: 1999
Country: Germany
Language: German 
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 26min

Distributor: Unearthed Films


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