Der Todesking (The Death King) Reviews
- Georges Bataille
JŲrg Buttgereit's fascination with death and corpses hasn't stopped. In this case, however, he takes a much more complex approach. Instead of attempting to be an unnecessarily pretentious or exhaustive essay of the many "faces of death", like the repulsive documentaries attempted to do in the 70s, we contemplate various perspectives on a topic that has been subject to several philosophical, religious and social interpretations.
Seven segments of a random subset (sample) of death's concept are selected and exploited, most of them in a subtle manner, but surprisingly enough, inviting to reflection. The decomposition of the human body is the only thing brought to the table as an irreversible consequence of earthly death; the metaphysical realms remain untouched. We may be led to think, therefore, that death is an indivisible instant in our existence. The real "horror" comes from the potential circumstances that drive us to pain and suffering. In fact, death fascinates me. I long for it. The disturbing part is to feel like one of the characters, and sadly, I empathized with the Sunday segment because I used to feel like that constantly, and sometimes leaving blood on the walls. I thank God infinitely for pulling me out of such hell hole.
VERY TINY SPOILERS
The Death King is one of the most terrifying "horror" characters in movies, and he didn't even make a single appearance except for a drawing and a photograph!!
END OF TINY SPOILERS
This is a piece of shit that horror fans will tell you is good, in attempt to gain some sort of art cred.
It's almost as boring and self indulgent as Begotten.
Tuesday A man rents a film in a video store, a movie in which Nazi soldiers are torturing a prisoner in a concentration camp, castrating him and painting a swastika on his breast. When the young man's girlfriend comes home, she yells at him until he kills her with a gun. This whole episode is being shown on a TV screen in a room where somebody has been hanged.
Wednesday A man and a girl meet in a park in the pouring rain. The man tells the girl about his disastrous sex life with his wife which led to him killing her. The girl pulls out a gun to kill him, but the man takes it from her and blows his brains out.
Thursday A motorway bridge somewhere in Germany, superimposed by the names, ages and occupations of the people who have jumped from it.
Friday A woman, alone in her apartment, is observing a young, seemingly happy couple in the neighbourhood. She spies on them and finds a chain letter in front of her door, urging her to kill herself. Obviously everybody in the house got the letter. She ignores it, eats chocolates and falls asleep, dreaming of surprising her parents when they make love. The camera shows the young couple, dead on their bed.
Saturday A young woman, equipped with a camera and a gun, kills several people in the audience of a rock concert (the front man is played by Die ńrzte-drummer Bela B.) and records it on film, until someone kills her.
Sunday A man, alone on his bed, is crying and banging his head over and over violently against the wall until he dies.
J√∂rg Buttgereit √§r en unik regiss√∂r.