Written by: Greigh Johanson.

There are some big names behind this Hostel-inspired film from Germany. He who presents the film and has brought its fame further is none other than Canadian director Ryan Nicholson (TorchedGutterballs, Hanger). The director behind this helldrive is Marcel Walz which is also known for his earlier films (Carrion, Road Rip and Tortura) and the effects are performed by Olaf Ittenbach and the Rohnstocks brothers. This amazing blend of directors has just made a film that can't be compared with Hostel at all - It cuts to the spinal cord!

Each individual torture films shows that they're only looking for one thing; to outdo each other in theory of violence. Unlike Hostel, this is a German extreme film and you know what will be served. It contains scenes which would have become censored in the US before it even had a chance to market itselves. In that way you know exactly what I'm talking about - The violence escalates and crawls painfully under your skin.

Simon, Nina and Dodo are three young people on their way to a beach vacation, but when their flight is delayed in Frankfurt, they decide to take a trip to town to kill some time. They differ in the city's poorer neighborhoods and in the end they end up at the restaurant 'Maison de la petite mort'. Soon they begin to talk back with the restaurant odd employees and that will cost them dearly. What they don't know is that 'Maison de la petite mort' is a restaurant that bears a cover for a much more lucrative business. In the basement you get acquainted with Madame Fabienne and her psychopathic daughters. They raises a torture chamber where rich businessmen buy their own sacrifices and do what they want with their victims. Simon, Nina and Dodo will directly be placed at Madame Fabienne list of victims who are now for sale to traders and through here a blood-filled journey soon begins.

In the case of German low-budget films in purely general tends to stink sour aroma of pussy that spreads like an opened can of fermented herring (surströmming) a warming Swedish Midsummer day. The spectacle is convincing before the opening credits are sent and its sound, light-set and camera feels like primary at school level. But La Petite Mort is exceptionally clearer and feels very well-served. The actors are very talented and the effects and filtering is very beautiful to look at, despite the shabby environment they find themselves in.

The film starts very slowly and build up a good atmosphere and eventually becomes cocky and tough. The only negative twists come to some torture scenes, but there's certainly some original references such as 'The Bloody-Mary-Cream Shower' where one of the daughters wearing a swimming cap to prepare for a shower in hot and stinking guts. But the film turns abruptly and everything goes too fast - the longer torture scenes are so immediate. I would have been able to sit 10-20 minutes extra and enjoy a little more of the painful torture - but let us hope the sequel gives us a little more original concept that no one else has done on film before.

If you are a big extreme freak who worship torture films, do not hesitate to watch it. You will not be disappointed and as I mentioned earlier - this film has got a sequel as well. Stay tuned for upcoming review!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Directed by: Marcel Walz
Written by: Martin Hentschel, Marcel Walz
Produced by: Thomas Buresch, Andreas Pape, Marcel Walz
Cinematography by: Andreas Pape, Marcel Walz
Editing by: Michael Donner
Special Effects by: Olaf Ittenbach, Lars Rohnstock, Marc Rohnstock
Music by: Michael Donner
Cast: Manoush, Andreas Pape, Inés Zahmoul, Anna Habeck, Magdalèna Kalley, Annika Strauss, Martin Hentschel, Tanja Karius, Thomas Kercmar.
Year: 2009
Country: Germany
Language: German
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 16min

Distributor: Matador Film