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Of course, the silent film masterpiece “Nosferatu” by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau. But then, unfortunately, things quickly get tight with German films when it comes to the best horror films of all time! A movie most of you probably haven’t heard of made it anyway:
“The Nightmare” from 2015 made it to an amazing 65th place in the big DashFUN list of the best horror films of all time!
But as often happens when, against all expectations, a really great genre film is produced in Germany, the local fans hardly noticed – while “Der Nachmahr” was celebrated much more violently in the corresponding circles abroad. Spiced with strobe excesses and a monstrous take on “ET,” the descent into the psyche of a troubled young woman is so intense and innovative that “The Nightmare” eclipses pretty much everything else in the genre over the past two decades.
Tonight there is now a chance that the abroad-celebrated-in-Germany-overlooked status might change at least a little – because with the belated, but for that You can watch the ad-free (!) TV premiere of “Der Nachtmahr” tonight from 11:50 p.m. on MDR now make up your own mind about it!
So far I have never seriously thought about whether I will live to see the end of the performance in the cinema. With the techno monster film “Der Nachmahr” it was different – and I will be eternally grateful to Director Akiz for this once-in-a-lifetime experience! There are clear warnings, for example to epileptics because of the stroboscopic effects. But it won’t be that bad, you think to yourself: after the opening rave scene in an open-air pool, whose extreme stroboscopic effects put even the excesses from “Irreversible” in the shade…
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… the absolute fascination for the unique energy of the film and an almost indomitable instinct to flee were fighting in me. Luckily, the fascination ended up winning by a narrow margin – and so I witnessed one of the most exciting and powerful German genre experiments of all time! “Eraserhead” on Ecstasy and an incomparable experience that can be really enjoyed in your own four walls if you have the right boxes and extremely understanding neighbors!
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