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Monday, October 17, 2016

VIOLENT SHIT (Reel Gore Blu-ray) - Remaking the German Splatter Epic as a Giallo



I am really very impressed by the Reel Gore release of the remake of Violent Shit. There are a ton of interviews with various folks who were either on screen, behind the scenes or who can provide historical context for the remake including a history of the Violent Shit series. It also comes with a making of featurette. The limited edition release has a soundtrack CD that includes some recycled Simonetti as well as a DVD and Blu-ray. This beats the trend of including an isolated soundtrack track, making this soundtrack junkie very happy. The actual physical copy is most impressive with a booklet (not a media book) release that features plenty of stills and artwork.

Now as a movie, I must admit to being underwhelmed. Violent Shit has been reborn as a giallo. It's not nearly as violent as the original series and not nearly as gory. It's beyond heavy on the dialogue. While the ending lays on the gratuity thick, it doesn't make up for the rest of the movie being one reat big talk box. There's simply too much down time with long scenes of conversation that truly do not take the film in any meaningful direction.

The original is still king, but I will say that I enjoyed the look of the killer in the remake. I'm glad they took a slightly different approach with the whole movie to differentiate from the original series, but it should have tried to exemplify the title as the original series certainly did. There's no challenge in the movie. Nothing nearly as shocking as the scenes of extreme violence in the original. It doesn't even compare to many modern indie, ultra realistic splatter films that focus all too much on realism over good clean gore fun.

Fans of the original, I think you'll be disappointed if you expect that same level of intensity. Fans of giallo, this is a nice modern take on the genre though it doesn't quite compare to movies like Amer and Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears. If you simply come to this movie as a Horror fan or as a fan of Italian Horror in general, you may be able to look past its heavy handed use of shots of conversation to enjoy some of the climax. One thing is for certain, Reel Gore Releasing knows how to put out a Blu-ray! What a package!

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From ReelGore:

Rome is shattered by a series of gruesome murders that paint the Eternal City deep red. The suspicion grows that these atrocious crimes are connected with the return of one of the most heinous serial killers of our time - Karl the Butcher.

“The relentless Karl the Butcher, beloved and best known to gorehounds and German Underground aficionados has been revamped and re-envisioned; his trademark brutality in the likes of the distinctly German independent VIOLENT SHIT now remade into an equally ghastly giallo featuring a Claudio Simonetti soundtrack. VIOLENT SHIT — THE MOVIE is an homage to both the original’s 25th anniversary and the producer’s love of Italian horror and blends German gore movies with the ”mastery of Italian horror.” The film stars Italian genre mainstay Giovanni Lombardo Radice as “the devil incarnate, who masterminds Karl the Butcher’s evil murder spree.” Italian directors Enzo G. Castellari (INGLORIOUS BASTARDS) and Luigi Cozzi (CONTAMINATION) have cameos in the movie, as well as Lucio Fulci’s screenwriter Antonio Tentori and SUSPIRIA’s Barbara Magnolfi.” -Fangoria

DVD NTSC  All Region
Blu-Ray All Region
CD plays music

Video: 1,78:1 (16:9) Full HD 1080p

Audio: German, English,

Subtitles:  English,French, Spanish subtitles

Duration: 82 min. - Uncut Version


BONUS FEATURES:

MAKING OF THE MOVIE by Director LUIGI PASTORE

THE HISTORY OF VIOLENT SHIT – Interview with Producer STEVE AQUILINA

TRIBUTE TO LILLI CARATI – The Last Interview                    

INTERVIEWS with members of the cast – VINCENZO PEZZOPANE, MICHELA FORESTA, DANIELA CICCONE, ERIKA KAMESE

WORLD OF STARS - INTERVIEWS with members of the cast – GIOVANNI LOMBARDO RADICE, ANTONIO ZEQUILA - & Producer STEVE AQUILINA and Director LUIGI PASTORE

TRAILERS and SLIDESHOW



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