We like a bit of punk filmmaking at the Hothouse and Alexander Bakshev’s The Devil of Kreuzberg combine3s that with a good dose of Argento styled Giallo and throws in a garnish of Hammer Horror for good measure. As that infuriating goody goody Maria in The Sound of Music might say ‘these are a few of our favourite things.’
Aspiring novelist Jakob (Ludwig Reuter) is in love with Linda (Sandra Bourdonnec), but his dreams are filled with disturbing images of her. Turns out Linda is the last of the evil Karnteins who Hammer fans will remember well from the 1970s lesbian vampire romps The Vampire Lovers (1970), Lust for a Vampire (1971) and Twins of Evil (1972). As Jakob sees it his only solution is to have Linda killed and as luck would have it Jakob’s best mate (or maybe lover), Kurt (Suleyman Yucee), is a contract killer, albeit one who is having doubts about his chosen profession. My lips are sealed as to who wins out in this stylishly macabre picture
For a movie that is alleged to have been made for only €3000 The Devil of Kreuzberg actually looks very good. The film teams erotically charged dream sequences with hunter killer pursuits through the landscape of Berlin’s Metro and car parks to produce a very late 1970s Euro-noir vibe with the moody cinematography perfectly complemented by the electronic score, evoking the work of Euro Horror auteurs such as Argento and Bava. There is even a dialogue sample lifted from Hammer’s Twins of Evil in a track by the Italian band Spettro Family. There are nice performances from all three leads and Sandra Bourdonnec is just stunningly lovely as Linda.
In German with English subtitles.
A retro stylish Euro treat I give The Devil of Kreuzberg a 555/666
The Devil of Kreuzberg is available as a DVD for just £6 from Carnie Films in the UK