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Written by Richard Taylor   
Thursday, 27 October 2016

Directed by: El Excremento, Maniac Shit Eater
Written by: El Excremento, Maniac Shit Eater
Produced by: El Excremento, Maniac Shit Eater
Cinematography by: El Excremento, Maniac Shit Eater
Editing by: El Excremento, Maniac Shit Eater
Special Effects by: El Excremento, Maniac Shit Eater
Music by: Kadaverficker
Cast: Karsten Thomas, Stefanie Erdmann, Holger Erdmann, Tanja Thomas, Marcus Schick, Jana, Woiko, Kasi, Anna, Maike, Tanja, Steffi.
Year: 2003
Country: Germany
Language: German (English Subtitles)
Color: Color

Distributor: Henker Productions

Henker Productions brings us on a journey into some extreme low budget German splatter. I've always had a soft spot for these types of productions where a bunch of friends get together in the woods with a passion for homemade gore effects and let the fake blood fly. Der Henker, which means The Executioner in German is one of those exact exercises in splatter and gore. Crazy do it yourself effects which are noticeably bad but fortunately in abundance so we get quantity over quality. In the first Der Henker, our killer looks very similar to that of Karl the Butcher in Violent Shit 2: Mother Hold My Hand but in Part 2 he sports a different more original look.

Movies that come to mind when I watch these are Violent Shit, Untot: Undead Unleashed and the Knochenwald Trilogy. These films are in the same vein, and it’s cool to see Der Henker 1 and 2 getting a DVD release so that splatter hounds can get a crack at witnessing some crazy off-the-wall death metal fuelled gore mayhem. We get a simple plot thrown together to make way for the slaughter fest that ensues, as Der Henker wanders the countryside on a humorously nonchalant killing spree.

I appreciate the love affair for death metal and gore because it melds very well together. The Der Henker film’s best moments are when the music is pounding and the splatter is ensuing. While the acting is just cardboard, and many scenes the actors are laughing or you can even hear the camera man having a chuckle at the events being portrayed, it’s still a good time.

The effects are very amateurish but there are a lot of them, and they get very creative in their practical style, so it makes up for their lacking but like I said, they are so plentiful it is easy to forgive the technical follies. Decapitations, vice grips, chainsaws, knives, evisceration, severed limbs, babies in a nursery sledgehammered, babies heads used on a mace as bludgeoning weapons and tons more. Plus to top it all off there is a slaughter at the climax of Part 2 appropriately titled Henker fest where a death metal/grind band, I'm thinking Kadaverficker or Anal Fistfuckers (both good bands), are throwing an outdoor concert when good ol' Der Henker shows up pulverizing bodies left and right.

Low budget German splatter completests and underground gore fans can rejoice as both Der Henker films are available from El Excremento (Big Foot) on the Henker Productions Facebook page, and hopefully we'll get another Der Henker movie in the future as I've read posts for a project title Der Henker: The Beginning. Many thanks to El Excremento for sending me this piece of complete under the underground splatter.




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