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Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe (The Tenderness of Wolves) (1973)

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This dark horror film from director Ulli Lommel was based on the real-life crimes of Fritz Haarman (Kurt Raab), the so-called "Vampire of Dusseldorf" who murdered over 25 young boys, drank their blood, and sold their flesh as black-market meat. Several German films had depicted Haarman's murderous exploits, most notably Fritz Lang's classic M (1931), but Lommel's version is far more graphic and horrifying. Produced by filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who also appears, the film revels in pseudo-Expressionistic imagery which sears itself into the viewer's mind. Raab's performance is reminiscent of both Peter Lorre in M and Max Schreck in the vampire classic Nosferatu (1922), but is unforgettable in its own right. A deeply disturbing cinematic poem about the face of true evil, this overlooked classic has developed a cult following, but is not recommended for sensitive viewers. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
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Art House & International , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Kurt Raab
as Haarmann
Margit Carstensen
as Frau Linder
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Critic Reviews for Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe (The Tenderness of Wolves)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

A nasty little melodrama, lurid and creepy and sometimes bordering on demented humor. It's the kind of movie we may not exactly enjoy, but we don't walk out on.

Full Review… | November 13, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It is beautifully and enthusiastically performed and it doesn't contain a single superfluous or redundant camera movement.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A black comedy of manners, but the crimes are so ghastly that they drown out the comedy.

Full Review… | January 23, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lommel's film remains as disturbing a look at a serial killer as you're likely to see.

Full Review… | August 12, 2003
Film4

Audience Reviews for Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe (The Tenderness of Wolves)

(***): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Lately, Ulli Lommel has become somewhat of a modern day Ed Wood (see [i]Zombie Nation[/i]). But, in his early days, he actually showed some skill and craft ([i]The Boogeyman[/i] is a decent horror film and I am one of maybe 10 people who believe his [i]The Devonsville Terror[/i] is a great film). [i]Tenderness of the Wolves[/i] is another example of how good a director he actually can be. This is a black comedy that works. Good cast and a truly intriguing tale of murder (inspired by Lang's [i]M[/i]).[url="../p/ulli_lommel/"] [/url]

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