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Das Komabrutale Duell (DVD)

Das Komabrutale Duell review!Reviewed by Johnny Butane

Starring Heiko Fipper, Mike Hoffman, Stefan Hoft

Directed by Heiko Fipper

Released by Unearthed Films


“Your ribcage is hanging open. I’ll staple it together in the basement”

So I got this in the mail the other day from Unearthed Films and if you ever needed any indication of just what a strange company they are, look no further than the German splatterfest Das Komabrutale Duell.

There is a plot, of sorts, but you’ll be really lucky if you can make it out between the 10+ minutes of gore scenes in between the sporadic dialogue. Apparently, though, the film is about a guy who was put into a coma by the Eightlets Mafia, a gang of eight identical siblings, and has awoken years later to find his life in ruins so he goes on a revenge trip. Well, sort of. Actually he just wakes up and walks out of the hospital, only to be attacked by one of the Mafia’s cronies on the way home and the cycle of violence begins anew.

Sucks to be him.

The rest of the “film” consists of scenes of our hero and two friends running around, usually through a park, finding gang members and getting into fights with them, killing or dismembering one another, somehow piecing themselves back together, and going back at it again. Seriously, that’s the whole film.

So, in lieu of writing an actual review, I will give you a list of just some of what I learned watching Das Komabrutal Duell

Das Komabrutale Duell review!

  • You can bring your friends back to life by hot gluing half of someone else’s brain in their head, no matter how damaged they may be. And both will function perfectly fine afterwards, too

  • It’s really easy to tear someone’s head off just by pulling really hard.
  • A thin saw is more than sufficient to remove someone’s arm.
  • An iron is the perfect cauterization tool, if you have the time.
  • Though painful, you can reattach a friend’s arm with just a power drill and some big screws
  • There are many points in a person’s head that won’t result in death if shot, stabbed, or punched through.
  • Most wounds can be dealt with with a strong enough stapler.
  • As for the DVD itself, picture quality is what one would expect from a movie made with about $20 almost 10 years ago with low-grade equipment. This isn’t really a movie that would benefit from any cleanup. Part of its charm, as it were, is in how cheap it looks.

    Das Komabrutale Duell review!Even though Unearthed put a slew of features on the back of the DVD, they’re all pretty much the same thing; “Behind the Scenes” is just some shots being filmed over and over again, “Outtakes” is the same with the cast and crew laughing more in between, and “Deleted Scenes” are just that; scenes of extended plot or brutality not deemed worthy of the final cut. Oh, and can’t forget “Digital Effects Comparison” which shows, for example, what a gun shot scene looks like before a digital muzzle flash is put in. Fascinating.

    So the real question is; is the movie worth watching? Personally I wouldn’t again since it’s violence for no other reason than to be violent, something that really only works if there’s some semblance of plot around it (see Brain Dead). However, as a curiosity piece I’m sure a lot of you would dig it. If nothing else I’m sure it’s a fun movie to get fucked up to and see how strong your friend’s stomachs are…

    Special Features

  • Behind the scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Digital Effects Comparison
  • Film:
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    2 out of 5

    Special Features:
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    1 1/2 out of 5

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    • Johnny Butane

      Yes, I know, I know… but really, it’s never even attempted to explain why all these guys are unkillable and their reasons for hating one another are hazy, at best. Even just a bit more would have helped.

    • G.D.

      “I wouldn’t again since it’s violence for no other reason than to be violent, something that really only works if there’s some semblance of plot around it”

      Wouldn’t some semblance of a plot kind of make it not violence for no other reason than to be violent?

    Johnny Butane