I find splatter flicks from any country fun, however those from Germany are particularly interesting. This might stem from the fact the German language sounds so angry when it is spoken, regardless of what is being said. I kid, but seriously, German director Marc Rhonstock knows what gore-hounds want and he knows how to deliver. His latest offering, THE CURSE OF DOCTOR WOLFFENSTEIN, is a blood-drenched trek into carnage heaven. And while the film is not perfect, it’s still a heck of a horror film and very effective when it comes to the squirm factor.
If you are not familiar with THE CURSE OF DOCTOR WOLFFENSTEIN, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Reel Gore Releasing:
80 years ago, the diabolical Dr. Victor Wolffenstein wanted nothing more than to be immortal. His tireless quest led him to create a vaccine that did just that, but also infected his body with a flesh-rotting form of necrosis. As the Doctor’s limbs literally fell apart, he tried to replace them by using the crudely removed arms and legs of the local villagers who, in order to stop Wolffenstein’s reign of terror, captured him and buried him alive for his crimes. In present day, five teenagers plan to attend an out of town rave that goes awry, and end up stranded in the village, when the evil and still decaying Dr.Wolffenstein wakes up, screaming for vengeance! The unlucky teens land squarely within sight of the malevolent medic, and, with the help of his latest creation, the Infiltrator, Dr. Wolffenstein lures them to his secret hideaway with the intention of curing his necrosis and ending his Curse once and for all. Will anyone survive Wolffenstein’s skin melting, limb-hacking Wrath?
I am very impressed with Rhonstock’s persistent use of practical effects. I think I spotted a couple of CG effects amidst the slaughter, but I can’t be sure. This uncertainty is exactly what you want if you are director: effects so good, they are hard to distinguish between fiction and reality. The bloodshed presented in this film is beyond brutal, and it is amazingly realistic. Average horror fans will probably have a hard time getting through certain scenes; this one is definitely geared more toward fanatics of guts and gore.
But despite the crimson fountains and buckets of entrails, THE CURSE OF DOCTOR WOLFFENSTEIN does have a few flaws. First and foremost is the acting. While it is not downright abysmal, there are a couple of actors I could never see again and definitely not have my feelings hurt. A couple of the performances are way too wooden for a horror flick, while yet others are way too annoying. Thankfully, the annoying characters do not survive very long.
The movie is also a bit lengthy. It’s almost two hours long, however it would have been just fine if whittled down to 90 or even 100 minutes. This isn’t a major detractor, but I do have to mention it.
Still, there’s no denying the entertainment THE CURSE OF DOCTOR WOLFFENSTEIN offers. In fact, one might even say it offers buckets and buckets of fun (red, liquid fun, that is). I definitely recommend this bloodbath, and I suggest you check it out on Blu-ray; doing so will allow you to enjoy every splatter and gush in HD. The film is available now, so make a note. Just make sure to watch it on an empty stomach…