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Der Todesking AKA The Death King (1990) Rating:
- Ronan = 5 / 10;
- IMDb = 6.6 / 10;
- Rotten Tomatoes = 7.0 / 10;
Der Todesking AKA The Death King (1990) Synopsis:
Centering on the lives of people, the film is made of 7 different episodes each taking place on a different day of the week, and each featuring the self-destruction of a complete stranger where suicide and violent death are approached.
Der Todesking AKA The Death King (1990) Review:
“Der Todesking” is another one of Jorg Buttgereit strange and bizarre films and a part of the disturbing cinema, along with his other film “Nekromantik”. This low budget film was shot on a 16mm camera, with a small cast and low production value. The camera looks dirty and grainy, adding much to its gritty realism, which was done wisely for better effect.
Just like “Nekromantik”, it tries to make the viewer feel very uncomfortable, which successfully worked for me in that case. There is no real plot or story to it: the film is divided into 7 different episodes and in each of them is the self-destruction of one of the characters. The episodes are only being connected together through a chain letter, which just keeps raising the enigma for the audience. Apart from the situation which is always different, the subject matter is always about suicide and violent death, which should make it quite disturbing for most viewers. A disgusting image depicting a decomposing body being eaten away will stay in the viewer’s mind for a while.
Some powerful episodes feature some strange situations, but very few are memorable. The other episodes just seem like filler material, really draining the overall power of the whole movie. Another problem is the lack of real development anywhere in the film. With no character or story development, it only captures the audience’s attention for a short period of time.
The great Soundtrack and Main theme (from Hermann Kopp) helps reinforce the dark and grim atmosphere of the film. Overall this movie is highly depressing and at some points disgusting. I recommend it if you’re interested in disturbing films, or a fan of Jorg Buttgereit and German horror! Other than that, this film is very strange and not for the faint-hearted.