Film geeks, especially horror-affine clientele, are always on the lookout for works that are able to explore the limits of the audience. Appropriately, there is a title almost every year that is said to have exactly this property. 2022 it is “The Sadness”, which opened in German cinemas in February and has repeatedly been recognized by the trade press as the “toughest zombie film of all time”.
Although Robert Jabbaz’s horror shocker failed several times to get an FSK rating for home cinema, “The Sadness’ can also be published in its entirety via the SPIO/JK release in this country. Exactly in this form, namely uncut, the film is now also available as a subscription to Amazon Prime Video. But we have to warn you at this point: You won’t get far in this carnage on a weak stomach!
» “The Sadness” on Amazon Prime Video*
An aggressive mutation of the novel Alvin virus is spreading in Taiwan, but the country is divided on how to appropriately deal with the pandemic. While the government casually downplays the seriousness of the situation, people are forced to fight for their lives on the streets. The streets are populated more and more with sadistic, sexually uninhibited monsters who turn the city into a veritable bloodbath.
From now on, murder, torture, rape and other atrocities develop a disturbing momentum of their own. In the midst of the bloodthirsty slaughter, young Junzhe (Tzu-Chiang Wang) does everything in his power to find his girlfriend Kai Ting (Regina Lei), whom he brought to her place of work on the other side of Taipei that morning. In search of one another, the couple must do everything they can to stand a chance of survival…
Of course, you have to be a bit proportionate when it comes to raising expectations. In case of “The Sadness’ but you don’t have to be very careful to find the right words, instead you can really say it frankly: If you’re not one of the hardened and hard-nosed horror fans, you should think twice about watching this movie.
Director Robert Jabbaz turns up so rigorously in terms of violence and carnage that “The Sadness“ would have been among those schoolyard films that would have quickly become a test of courage, so that you could then boast among your schoolmates that you really managed not to take your eyes off the action once.
Although “The Sadness“ Once it begins like a conventional end-time flick, the infected don’t turn into “normal” zombies who hunt for human flesh, but also into sexually uninhibited maniacs who attack each other. As a result, the violence gets a second level, which increases the level of distress a good deal.
In the official DashFUN review, in which Björn Becher gave 3.5 out of a possible 5 stars, “The Sadness’ also described as ‘one of the heaviest splatter movies of all time’. One can only agree when witnessing what Robert Jabbaz unleashes on his viewers here: The atrocities range from knife attacks in the carotid artery to ripped out intestines to rape in an eye socket (!). As I said: Definitely not for the faint of heart!
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