Marc Rohnstock  



Another German underground splatter director who makes home-made gore & horror movies with old-school over-the-top splatter effects. It's like the zombies: German youngsters work for older German splatter directors, and the contagion compels them to create their own gore movies. Reviewed until 2016.

Of Some Interest

Graveyard of the Living Dead  
Rohnstock tries his hand at a standard zombie movie, probably inspired by Revenge of the Living Dead, with moderately entertaining results. Scientists experiment with the brain of a dead man, accidentally creating a contagious zombie. Some gothpunks encounter the undead scientists in a graveyard, and the gory mayhem brings more zombies up from the graves. While the zombies proliferate and munch on some of the youths, the rest find ways to chop up the zombies with various weapons, and there's some amusement as they look for their car keys inside their dead friend and zombie stomachs, creating more gory mayhem than the undead. But many of the fights seem gratuitous for the sake of gore, especially since the zombies are the slow type. Rohnstock proves once again that it's hard to make a bad zombie movie, but also hard to make a good one. Basic zombie entertainment, with over-the-top splatter.

Necronos: Tower of Doom  
I didn't know they made pure splatter movies over two hours long... Then again, this one has an endless ten minute introduction in the form of a fantasy fable told via title-cards, and ten minutes of credits at the end. There's a wizard raising an army of undead to serve his demon master, a berzerker, witches, a virgin sacrifice, the apocalypse, and other various evil minions. But all this is just to justify 100 minutes of gore set-pieces. There's no-one to root for, only a parade of splatter-fodder, there's not much of a plot besides the evil minions working hard on a recipe for the apocalypse (which always involves lots of body parts), the acting is poor, and they speak throughout most of the movie with the annoying and overused vocal-distortion effects. So the movie is pretty bad, but if it's splatter you want, this delivers. Highlights include the table-sized body-part-grinder contraption, hand-to-hand combat with a berzerker that likes to use his giant axe to cleave a torso in two, extreme chainsaw dismemberment, and lots more.

Worthless

Dungeon of Evil  
In a derelict house in the forest lives an evil dweller who performs nasty sacrificial and dismemberment rituals in his labyrinthian dungeon on all passers-by. When some young men run out of gas on a forest road, they discover the ultimate evil. Will they survive? Translation: Some German dudes in love with splatter films picked a basement to film one home-made gory set-piece after another. There is no real movie, as one by one, the bad actors go down the stairs to be sliced apart, disemboweled, decapitated, smashed and then fed piece by piece to a zombified human. This is the kind of movie where the villian first smashes a head to a pulp with a hammer, and then cuts it up over and over with a chainsaw. Why? Because it makes the gore last longer.




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