Sunday, August 22, 2010

Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe (1973) aka The Tenderness Of Wolves

4 / 5 Aug '10
Tagline: The First Gay Vampire Movie
Directed by: Uli Lommel
Written by: Kurt Raab
Actors include: Kurt Raab, Jeff Rodan, Margit Carstensen
Genre: Drama, Horror
Length: 95 minutes
Banned: Nope

Although it's not exactly a horror film I still found it to be rather captivating and interesting. This tale is based upon the Vampire of Düsseldorf, the same tale that the film M is based upon. I actually prefered this retelling as it wasn't so police heavy and it was more character driven but I'm in the minority with that belief. Fritz Haarmann (Kurt Raab) is a strange character known for helping out poor boys and giving people meat and whatnot. He's also known by some as a bit of a criminal and a nuisance, but most seem to like him. We know he has a live in male lover, and also that he likes to bring home pretty young men and drink their blood before butchering them and serving them to others. The thing is, the film is never graphic, well okay that's a slight exaggeration, some of the set and genitals are graphic sure but as far as gore and whatnot goes, it's implied. It's all in the dialogue, and Raab's acting that really pull this film from being rather mundane to something quite special and dark. It also has a rather black sense of humor that kept me chuckling even through the horrendous things that seem to be going on in the tale. This won't be for everyone but I really enjoyed it, it is artfully made with a great cast and authentic feeling sets and everything else. Recommended to people who want to see an entirely different side of vampirism and who are looking for more of a drama rather than a horror film.

Availability:  On DVD

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