Der Todesking (1990)



AKA: The Death King
Year: 1999
Directed by: Jörg Buttgereit
Starring: Hermann Kopp, Heinrich Ebber, Michael Krause, Eva M Kurz, Angelika Hoch, Nicholas Petche
Country: Germany
Language: German (English Subtitles)
Runtime: 01:15:27
Genres: Bizarre-Surreal, Nazism, Violence against Men, Snuff, Necrophilia

Plot – Spoilers:
A slightly surreal take on death, mostly suicide, from the director of Nekromantik.

Der Todesking consists of seven shorts named after the days of the week. Other than the overlying theme of death and a recurring body in varied stages of decomposition, the seven stories are not inter-connected.

Music is an integral part of the movie and is quite brilliant especially the soundtrack to the decomposing body. Some of the more interesting scenes include:
1. A long continuous rotating shot of a room with a man doing different things at different times of the day. Lots of rehearsals probably went into this to make sure the actor got his timing right.

2. Two sexy female Nazis cutting off the cock of a prisoner with shears.

3. A disgruntled boyfriend watching the above scene, then shooting his girlfriend and framing her splatter on the wall as a photographic memory.

4. The philosophies spoken by the mass-murder woman are eerily current in our times of mass shootings.

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