Cannibal Messiah (Der König der Kannibalen) - Black Lava Entertainment - DVD
Written by Richard Taylor   
Monday, 04 April 2016

AKA: Der König der Kannibalen

Directed by: Crippler Criss, Master W
Written by: Master W
Produced by: Crippler Criss
Cinematography by:
Editing by: Crippler Criss, Master W
Music by: European Breakdown
Special Effects: Sebastian Zeglarkski
Cast: Jim Aal, Bemo B, Sebastian Badenberg, Blutkid, Christof-Milla Braun, Uwe Choroba, Crippler Criss, Resi Elstner.
Year: 2015
Country: Germany
Language: German (English Subtitles)
Color: Color
Runtime: 2h

Studio: P.S.Y.C.H.O. Productions
Distributor: Black Lava Entertainment

Cannibal Messiah may be one of the funniest and goriest underground German films to ever be released upon the masses. Black Lava Entertainment has upped the ante and has put out some top-notch stuff recently. Der König der Kannibalen, or Cannibal Messiah, for us English speaking folks, has been unleashed and gore hounds may never be the same again.

The majority of underground European gore has mainly focused on being straightforward and serious with copious amounts of low budget gore splattering the screen and its fan base looking past many of the film’s technical flaws, indulging in this acquired taste of filmmaking. Yes, there have been films which contain ridiculous dubbing and unintentional humor (Andreas Schnaas’ Zombie 90 being a prime example of one of the originators). Cannibal Messiah has taken the low budget gore film, injected it with great humorous dialogue, which can even be appreciated in subtitled form because they didn't read "like some German translated them" (inside joke there!). It has an insane wraparound story, characters playing themselves and doing a great job in doing so, great splatter effects aplenty and delivered in this wonderful package that never takes itself too seriously. I believe it’s a gore marvel and a celebration of the future of independent gore -- Cannibal Messiah is the ambassador of gore movies.

Over the top acting galore, bad taste, flour powdered cannibals, Der König der Kannibalen delivers and never tires in its 2 hour running time. To fully appreciate it you must watch the short film Der Letzte Kannibale first which is also included in this beautiful double digipack release. The two culprits behind this release, Crippler Criss and Master W certainly have a flare for humor and an eye for slick filmmaking. Taking a unique twist and playing themselves, it’s a great idea and sets up the film as solid in its pseudo-documentary style.

Cannibal Messiah follows filmmakers Crippler Criss and Master W as two wild dudes. Master W is obviously a chronic habitual weed smoker and Crippler Criss is an over the top character, terrified and obsessed with being attacked by ticks!? The two are confronted by a fellow calling himself "The Pathfinder" played by Raping Ras. Ras claims to be the brother of the exact same guy who he played in Der Letzte Kannibale. The Pathfinder is on a mission to find "The Hermit" also played by Master W in probably one of the best roles in the film.

Supposedly The Pathfinder’s brother, who was killed in Der Letzte Kannibale, also claimed he had a brother who was killed in the Silschede forest. Confused yet? There was also another character by the name of Alan Yates played by Sebastian Zeglarkski who also made the film’s killer make up effects. Alan Yates was a friend of Master W and Crippler Criss in Der Letzte Kannbale, who was supposedly killed by Cannibals, but was saved by The Hermit, sewed on penis and all!!!! The Pathfinder teams up with the two filmmakers. Master W and Crippler Criss to go back to the Silschede forest to find their partner Alan Yates, who has now started up a cannibal tribe with a group of followers, in which he has become the self-proclaimed "Messiah."

Psycho Productions has made Cannibal Messiah their German cannibal equivalent to Apocalypse Now. Alan Yates is their Marlon Brando and Master W their Dennis Hopper. From the behind the scenes footage it is easy to see everyone had a great time making this! I highly recommend picking up a copy from P.S.Y.C.H.O Productions who are very responsive to messages on Facebook. Pick up a cool poster and shirt to go with it and support this great movie and company.


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2 Disc Digipack/slipcase
 Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 16:9
 Region: PAL R0
 Audio: Dolby Digital

 – Commentary
 – Behind the Screne
 – Trailers
 – Interviews
 – Short Films
 (All special features in German with no English subtitles, explains my vague description!)

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