Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Violent And That's It: Violent Shit (1989)

Violent Shit (Germany, 1989)
Rating: *
Starring: Andreas Schnaas, Gabi Bäzner, Wolfgang Hinz

I'm pretty aware of the controversy this underground indie made for itself. I'm also fully aware of the impact and strong cult following this title (and its sequels) has for a lot of horror fans. For me, I wouldn't really mind a bad, tasteless flick every now and then given that it'll hit me right. Sadly, when I mentioned that, I'm actually saying that I would like at least to have some story in said "Bad and Tasteless" flick and I'm pretty much sure you can guess where I'm going for in this review.

Meet Karl, a deeply traumatized maniac with strange oatmeal treats growths coming out of his face. Abused as a child (if that's what you wanna call it), he grew up as a mentally handicapped mass murderer who lately escapes his prison transfer after one of the guards needed to drain his dragon. Karl murders his way out of the three (T-shirt wearing) guards, begins another killing spree and hallucinates Christ-like figures the deep woods for him to hack open and go inside. (Yes, that last line makes very little sense to me, too)

I'll be very honest here; at some point, I enjoyed Violent Shit as a nonsensical splatter movie. I can't really call it a true slasher film since it focused too much on Karl's homicidal rampage, but it does have its moments where you can see the influence. It has a bodycount, yes. A chock full of blood even! But the film is really nothing more than a collection of Karl murdering one random individual to the next with no story to tell whatsoever. I would like to call this movie the Maniac (1980) of the very desperate and trashy people if not obviously cheap death porn.

The producers did at least try to put some class into this film as every now and then, we get this sort-of photo-effect on some of the scenes which actually just adds some unnecessary padding and show how really cheap the movie is. These effects also prolonged some of the kills, making them too overdone even for my taste. A fine example would be this one scene where Karl cuts and pulls a guy in half with a hedge trimmer, which should have been more believable if it wasn't for the fact that the guy's torso seems to have doubled in length. Now, for my end, cutting a guy in half with a powertool is an awesome kill, but do we really need to have the corpse's head cut off and sliced in half? I'm up for long, gruesome murders, but the guy's dead by the time he was cut in half! What was the point of slicing it further?

Other artistic attempts would include adding religious imagery in Karl's rampage, such as his flashback involving him meeting up with Satan who claims him to be his father (might explain the ending. I think) and the sudden appearance of a crucified Christ-figure in the woods which Karl proceeds to hack open and crawl into. (Some sort of allegory on how he tries to be "one with Christ", as in to change his murdering ways?) I don't really see this to be very shocking, honestly, as I've seen enough religious horror flicks to desensitize me otherwise. For me, it 's all desperate attempt for a shock and funny ones at that. (That shot of Karl's leg dangling out of Christ's belly was just hilarious!)

Gore is apparently the film's only aim and even though I'm the kind of guy who'll spend a buck or two to watch a movie that mostly involves killers hacking up a group in very bloody ways, Violent Shit's cheap budget really hindered a lot of big opportunities and the lack of plot direction made all these kills completely pointless. (And no, I don't think watching a woman get disemboweled through the groin up for four or five minutes would reconsider this claim otherwise)

The underground audience, though, clamored for more and Schnaas obliged with a sequel or two following Karl's adventures (well, actually his son's adventures), gaining the reputation to be one of the more well known cult fave from the German Underground horror industry. Not entirely sure if I want to see more of his movies but they definitely have an audience, I'm just not one of them.

To simply put it, Violent Shit is for lovers of bubbly pink-orange projectile blood, unconvincing special effects, death porn and underground indie flicks.

1 female hacked with cleaver
1 male killed offscreen
1 male had his throat bitten open
1 male hacked on the shoulder with cleaver
1 female gets a breast cut off with cleaver, hacked to death
1 male hacked on the chest with cleaver
1 male hacked on the head with cleaver
1 male dismembered with hedge-trimmer
1 male repeatedly hacked between the legs with cleaver
1 female disemboweled by the groin with knife
1 female hacked on the neck with cleaver
1 female hacked on the neck with cleaver
1 male disembowels himself
Total: 13


  1. I'm one of those people who... "liked" may be too strong a word, so I'll just go with "was entertained (in a weird way)" by this.

    Still waiting on that series box set announced by Synapse.

    1. What I want to know is this: Is the sequel worth watching?

    2. The sequel looks better, has more plot (that is to say, it actually has a plot) and is a bit comedic (intentionally so). It also ups the ante, having a bodycount of around 50. Personally found it to be So Bad It's Good.

      Schnaas best film is probably Nikos the Impaler, which has an ancient barbarian running amok in modern day New York. One review I've read called it everything Jason Takes Manhattan should have been.

  2. Heard of it, never saw it. Hmmm.

    1. Yer not missing much- um wait, scratch that. You may say that, but it's really a movie that you have to see to believe. So...wherever your curiosity takes you!

  3. I've seen it long ago during a party and although I was drunk as hell, I remember that is was so fucking bad, it totally annoyed the crap outta me.
    During that party, we also watched another German shit-flick called "Das komabrutale Duell" (The Coma-Brutal Duel). Same shit, but even worse! :)

    1. I feel your suffering, my Austrian brother!

  4. And the award for Most Unexpected Remake goes to... http://www.fangoria.com/new/trailer-debut-the-return-of-karl-the-butcher-in-italian-tinged-remake-violent-shit-the-movie/

    1. ...and I ask my God/s, WHY?!!!!

    2. The Butcher Shitter is beyond the Laws of Man... or God.

      He is also now Italian.

    3. Cue in him wearing a mustache to go with that blue jumpers!
      (look-a me! Im-a Mario!)