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GRIMM LOVE
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Martin Weisz

Starring:
Keri Russell
Thomas Kretschmann

Movie:  
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Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
In Germany, as graduate student Katie Armstrong researches cannibal killer Oliver Hagen for her thesis, she becomes obsessed with her subject and ultimately plunges into a lifestyle similar to Hagen's and the thousands of people like him.
Is it good movie?
I had actually seen this film before I sat down to review it this time, and wasn't really keen on watching it again. I didn't really care for it then but I can tell you this- I've watched two Fangoria Film Fright Fest Fear movies already and they were nothing special, and this is easily the best of the bunch that I've watched.

This one is based on an awful story of a German cannibal who was given permission to cook and eat his victim and the ongoing conviction that took place afterwards. Keri Russell stars as the young grad student who's been studying the case of the cannibal named Oliver Hartwin. Of course, she gets deeply fascinated with this whole ordeal and thus we are presented a ton of flashbacks.

The interesting thing here is that Katie (Russell) sees these two men with rose colored glasses. This isn't to say that she is blind, but the flashbacks are not always as brutal and terrifying as you might think in a traditional manner. This is a tough study of characters we can never truly understand, beyond the common denominator of wanting to feel normal and accepted in a strange way.

You know what's going to happen before it happens in this film and you are still compelled to watch it, this plays like a really twisted and sickening romantic comedy. The movie doesn't exploit the tale and it's not a horror movie but a twisted tale of truth that will truly rock you to your core. If I had to complain, I would have to say that the whole Keri Russell subplot doesn't really go anywhere and isn't overly compelling. I felt myself just wanting to get back to the main story, which is told in a far better manner.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 2:35:1 widescreen and looks sharp.

Audio is presented in 5.1 Dolby Digital and really sounds great, clear and loud through all channels.
The Extras
First is a commentary track with director Marty Weisz and producer Cordula Weisz. They're both pretty informative but the tone of voice is pretty dull and the accents are thick. There's a lot to find out here but again, it isn't the easiest listen.

There are also ten minutes or so of deleted scenes, and most of them are of Keri Russell, which only emphasizes the fact that she should have a diminished role in this film.

Finally, there are trailers for Grimm Love and for the other Fangoria Frights.
Last Call
This isn't for everyone and you won't forget it if you watch it. This is easily the best Fangoria flick I've seen so far and doesn't fit in with the 'quick buck' other ones. Disturbing and haunting, you can't unwatch this once you've seen it.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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