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Grimm Love (Rohtenburg)

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A Sinister Film

  • Jul 15, 2010
"Grimm Love" ("Rohtenburg")

A Sinister Film

Amos Lassen

Katie Armstrong (Keri Russell) is a graduate student studying in Germany and researching cannibal killer, Oliver Hartwin, for her thesis. She is soon sucked up in her own project and finds herself in a lifestyle like Hagen's and other cannibals like him. Unlike other horror movies this is a personal story that pulls you in and takes to the chambers of a diseased mind. This movie is a commentary on a depraved culture.
Thomas Kretschmann plays Hartwin, a man who fantasizes about eating human flesh and he meets Simon Groembeck (Thomas Huber), a man with a plethora of issues who leaves his good-looking boyfriend to be eaten by Hartwin. The two men met on the Internet.
Everything about the film is dark and it has the real feel of a horror movie. However, this is a film that is based on an actual event, the life of Armin Meiwes, a lonely and introverted gay male who placed an ad on the internet for volunteers who were willing to lose their lives by being slaughtered and eaten by him.
This film is a light version of the facts but that does mean that it is not shocking.""Grimm Love" takes place after the facts and the story is a re-enactment via the research and profiling of an American psychology student residing in Germany to work on her thesis. However, I found that the inclusion of Keri Russell as narrator detracts from the film. We never understand exactly what her person she is and why she is researching the man. Her role is totally useless unless it is there to give the movie a longer length. Also surprising is that the film has no really graphic scenes especially due to the nature of the subject.
The movie is sinister and depressing but very well made. It takes a strong stomach to see it but it is worth the effort.

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review by . October 31, 2012
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      Trailer         GRIM LOVE      "Grim Love" is based on the Armin Meiwes in which said man killed and ate a willing victim; you should really look it up because it is crazy. The willing victim was a man named Bernd Jürgen Brandes and while this film changed the names there is a lot here that really happened. Particularly when the two get together.      Katie (Keri Russell) is a student …
Quick Tip by . October 31, 2012
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this was a good movie that when it came time for creepy it very much accomplished its goal. The acting her was excellent and so was the audio commentary on the DVD. Some might be a bit to disturbed by some of things that happen on screen. But for those interested in true crime films I say give this a chance. This by the way is another in the Fangoria Fright Fest collection. I highly recommend you check out the actual case. The killer had other offers previous but the men chickened out, he never …
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I am an academic who reivews movies and books of interest to the GLBT and Jewish communities.   I came to Arkansas after having been relocated here due to Hurricane Katrina. I was living in … more
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Australia released, PAL/Region 4 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada. LANGUAGES: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby DTS 5.1), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SYNOPSIS: In Germany, as graduate student Katie Armstrong researches cannibal killer Oliver Hagen for her thesis, she becomes obsessed with her subject and ultimately plunges into a lifestyle similar to Hagen's and the thousands of people like him. SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access,
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Director: Martin Weisz
Runtime: 90 minutes
Studio: Eagle Entertainment

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