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BLUTNACHT 1 & 2 (1999 - 2002)

Written by: Richard Taylor.

Here lies a couple of the most influential low budget German splatter films to ever grace the small screen.  Long cherished by underground gore movie fans from across the globe the Blutnacht double bill has been heralded along the lines of Violent Shit and early Olaf Ittenbach stuff like Black Past.  The only difference is that this shit is so underground you have to go further down into the underground to get at it.  Blutnacht has long been championed by splatter freaks and revered by German authorities alike.  




Director and Blutnacht guru Jochen Stephan is the main demented mind behind Blutnacht and the guy is super nice, informative and so down to earth about the whole thing.  He is easy to reach as I have conversed with him over social media and have also interviewed him plus he is a huge fan of underground films himself and I believe this is what makes Blutnacht stand out amongst the herds of other splatter films.  Jochen is just as big a fan of splatter as the fans who love Blutnacht, probably more because he has an enormous collection himself and he is ultra cool about helping other collectors obtain hard to find titles or in some cases providing copies to them himself.

The original Blutnacht: Die Rache des Dämon was released in 1999 originally but was confiscated by authorities and banned.  After an investigation Stephan was given back copies of the film and re-released them in 2002 along with a better quality sequel for a double dropkick to the nuts to stick it to the man.  Both films are charming in their own right and its easy to see the appeal to splatter fans as they are loaded with over the top gore and even if they are a bit rough around the edges this further cements their gruesome appeal in the annals of splatterdom.

Blutnacht was filmed when Jochen was the ripe old age of 18/19 years old so his heart was in the right place even if the technical aspects weren't so polished.  It was shot on VHS so the quality even on the DVD transfer is murky at best.  In this modern age of VHS collectors this style should sit well with most viewers.  Both part 1 and 2 are in German without subs but they are still enjoyable to watch, i'm assuming the dialogue is of minimal interest and you can get the jest of it.  There has been an English subbed version released of part 1 as I write this review and an upcoming release possibly of a subbed version of part 2.  Both of my DVD copies I purchased directly from Jochen which he signed as well as posters for each film which he also graciously signed.

From what I can gather part 1 features a couple of friends meeting up to plan a get together with a goofy secret handshake included.  After a long intro of Jochen driving and listening to metal music the two friends meet at a pub for a pint and have a chat before parting ways.  The group of friends then meet up one night including Jochen whose friend makes a move on his girl.  Distraught and pissed off Jochen takes off only to be hilariously hit by a car.  He then emerges to be possessed by a demonic force which has him murdering and slaughtering everyone he encounters that night in the countryside.

Blutnacht is shot at night so its really hard to see a lot of whats going on but fortunately we get ample kills and we can competently see the gore clear enough.  Lots of knifing, gut pulling, a torso is hacked in half with an ax, a body has gasoline poured on it and burned, a bow saw is used on another victim and we get a cool altar of dismembered body parts in one scene.  Not sure if its meant to be humorous but in particular scenes a masked black cloak wearing figure appears to present our killer Jochen with various tools of carnage for the demons use.  The masked figure also shows up after a victim has been dispatched and delicately lays a blanket over their dismembered carcasses all to the theme music of the famous wrestler The Undertaker, I shit you not.  Its like the cloaked figure is the Paul Bearer character to Jochen's Undertaker.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Directed by: Jochen Stephan and Hermann Weller
Written by: Jochen Stephan
Produced by: Jochen Stephan
Cinematography by: Sven Vogel
Editing by: Jochen Stephan
Special Effects by: Jochen Stephan
Music by: Troopers, Feindflug, Undertaker Theme
Cast: Jochen Stephan, Hermann Weller, Michael Melzer, Michael Geier, Sven Vogel, Melanie Vogel, Sylvia Rauschenberger, Melanie Steffen, Stephan Link
Year: 1999
Country: Germany
Language: German
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 24min + 10min extras.

Distributor: West Pictures



In Blutnacht 2 we are given much better film quality, actually it's like night and day when comparing the two films.  With this one there was better equipment and more experience at the time after completing the original.  With this sequel or re-telling we get plenty of more glorious and graphic splatter which spares no detail in its execution.  This is the stuff of splatter fans wet dreams and then some.  







This story begins with a cult of evil worshiping Cradle Of Filth-fans performing a sacrifice and then drinking blood from the Stanley Cup.  A horny couple break away from their fellow cult brethren and decide to fuck in the woods or at least get down to some naughty foreplay.  The demon awakens from a loose shrub and offs the couple in normal splatteriffic fashion as the guy is just about to bust a nut on his girlfriends face via fellatio.  Later another group of young campers enter the woods for more demon fodder.

There's some nice looking German girls in this one, I was hoping for more nudity but I'll take what I can get.  I snickered at how one of the brunette girls in the group of friends is dressed like a total skank about ready to dominate the stripper pole, God bless her heart.  We are also treated to some humor with this buffoon-like character who runs around with his ass showing and writing on his arse cheeks reading &I love ham.&  This crazy cunt even rapes one of the girls corpses after the demon is finished mutilating it.

This sequel is really the epitome of splatter films and is an item every collector or gore freak needs in their life. Bodies are chainsawed, eviscerated, bisected, impaled,  and so fourth nonstop as the demon once again played by towering Jochen Stephan makes his way with loving anatomical destruction through all the unfortunate fucks who cross his path.  We even get a scene which shows even demons get the trots, squirts.....whatever you wanna call it as a waterfall of liquid brown poop smothers one poor bi-otch.

Once again we get those technical flaws, non-existent acting and sub par production values but this is splatter and we want gore and if you want blood you got it!  Blutnacht 1 and 2 are must see classic splatter-pieces.  All bow down and hail Jochen Stephan and the infamous gore monstrosities he has set loose on the unsuspecting world for the gore lovers to lovingly lap up and beg for more.  With slim chances at a Blutnacht 3 we should learn to never say never because once the heart is in this passion it will eventually find its way back.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Directed by: Jochen Stephan 
Written by: Jochen Stephan
Produced by: Jochen Stephan
Cinematography by: Timo Wetzel
Editing by: Jochen Stephan
Special Effects by: Jochen Stephan
Music by: Troopers, Slayer
Cast: Jochen Stephan, Sascha Baldermann, Verena Köhler, Jan bier, Katja Dietrich, Natascha Köhler, Philipp harr
Year: 2002
Country: Germany
Language: German
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 28min + 67min extras.

Distributor: Splattack Pictures



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