Schramm (1993)

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AKA: Schramm: Into the Mind of a Serial Killer
Year: 1993
Directed by: Jorg Buttgereit
Starring: Florian Koerner von Gustorf (Schramm), Monika M (Neighbour)
Country: Germany, European Cinema
Language: German (English Subtitles)
Runtime: 01:05:31
Genres: Sexual-Violence against Women, Dolls, Gore-Gruesome, Prostitution, Violence against Men, Self-Harm, Serial Killers

Plot – Spoilers:
Schramm was Jorg Buttgereit’s last major feature in the effed up genre and features Monika M from Nekromantik 2.

Lothar Schramm, a taxi driver, lives alone and suffers from bizarre delusions and dreams that usually involve some form of self-harm. Sometimes he feels he’s lost the use of one of his legs, other times he believes his dick has vanished. His neighbor Marianne is a prostitute who services in-call clients with kinky tastes. Marianne is blissfully unaware of Schramm’s delusions and more importantly, that he’s a serial killer. To her, he’s a useful and harmless neighbor who often obliges her with odd errands.

Lothar hasn’t appeared to have used Marianne’s services and instead secretly lusts after her in his own kinky way. In person, he behaves like a helpful neighbour with a cynical view on relationships, and so the two neighbours share a comfortable relationship. For a while.

Though the movie begins with a quote from serial killer Carl Panzram, it’s not really based on any one single killer but rather on the profiles of several, including Panzram.

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Victor
Victor
December 13, 2018 9:10 pm

A great one, probably the best movie from this director. Joined “Henry…” and “Man bites dog” in the goat serial killer movies category (haven’t seen Angst yet, but will). It’s a shame that Buttgereit didn’t direct more movies, really dig his style.

WinterSSword88
WinterSSword88
August 27, 2020 2:55 am

The acting was inferior as the plot of the movie was generally stupid. Did have some decent gore effects though.

Zed Man
Zed Man
April 12, 2021 1:21 pm

Grubby low budget movie with some sub par acting, but it has some nice gory scenes and thats what we are here for.

vivi666
vivi666
December 29, 2021 10:31 pm

filme muito foda. Ă© impressionante ver a loucura do protagonista fora a violĂȘncia que eu amei tbm

vinicius
vinicius
March 27, 2022 5:05 pm

Brother, the only place I found was on your website, save this movie, because it doesn’t exist anywhere else! Brother, the only place I found was on your website, save this movie, because it doesn’t exist anywhere else!

An_Oldboy
An_Oldboy
March 29, 2022 9:40 am

This was (imo) disappointing, particularly when considering who the director was. It felt like watching a film cobbled together around bizarre scenes and as such (for me) didn’t keep me engaged. Maybe this was due to the continued jumping from delusions/dreams back to reality, but whatever it was the film didn’t work for me. It would have been more interesting (imo) if the film explored the last scene further – Luthar trying to rescue (?) his neighbour (from other serial killers?). All I took from this film is that Luthar was so poor he could only afford half a blow up doll. 2/5 paint rollers