Less than an hour playtime. Amateur movie. German audio with nearly unreadable English subs. Sounds like shit? Hell, no! This is clearly the splatter surprise of the (last) year! The effects are outstanding and realistic like I’ve never seen it before in a low budget production – and you bet no-one with a sane mind would really invest in a movie with no chance in hell to ever reach a big audience. The actors are way above average; lighting, cut, camera and sound effects, too.
So, what is Sadisticum about? A sadist. Not that hard to guess. At the age of 17, our narrator more or less accidentally kills a classmate and experiences yet unknown satisfaction and pride from this act. For many years, he surpresses the urge to kill and torture, but 30 years after his first crime, he gets robbed on the way home. Feeling the blood on his head and being reminded of the situation at school, the urge to kill arises and he breaks out his normal life.
He prepares to live his dream – to kill and torture for an audience that will appreciate his passionate work. It results in “torture workshops” and these scenes are so intense, Eli Roth would blush and deny he has anything to do with Hostel. The nameless killer appears like the competent guy from a Tool Time show when he explains his students how to cause the most pain with the smallest work, with and without tools, how to keep a victim concious, how to make the torture last as long as possible. He’s friendly, smart, patient and skilled – a passionate teacher of perversion.
Obviously, the kills don’t stay a secret and the police starts to investigate. And this leads to the one thing that annoyed me. It is – at least in the east of Germany – not uncommon to meet people with English first names. In the DDR, parents gave their children American names as a pocket size protest against the communist government. So nothing wrong with the main investigator’s name being Steven. (Though I don’t see why it can’t be Stefan. I assume that the movie was made with the intention to be synchronized; the intro and outro are written in English, too. That counts as an excuse.) But that his name, Steven, is spoken out in every damn sentence said to Steven in every damn conversation with Steven, that really gets annoying, Steven. Alright, its also annoying that his wife’s name, Alina, is used in the same way. In some scenes, you think you hear nothing but Steven-Alina-Steven-Steven-Alina-Steven. The other thing I found a bit unlucky – its only about 57 minutes. I would have liked another hour – its really a very entertaining and well done movie with a relatively surprising end.
Famous last words: More movies like this, please!