Schramm (1993)



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.

One thought on “Schramm (1993)

  • December 13, 2018 at 9:10 pm
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    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.

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