THE BURNING MOON
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A drug addled kid has no choice but to babysit his annoying sister.
Instead of watching a flick with her and putting her to bed, he decides
to tell her a couple of twisted and horrible tales. Julia's love is all
about a young lady who falls in love with a dude who turns out to be an
escapee from a loony bin, while the Purity is all about Ralf, a priest
who actually worships Satan and murders in his name.
Is it good movie?
I like to watch just about anything I can get my hands on, especially
if it's considered controversial or comes with a hefty reputation to
shock. I'd never heard of The Burning Moon, but was happy to give this
German shocker a chance to prove that I'd "never seen anything like it."
Ultimately, this wasn't nearly as horrible or shocking as I thought.
Director Olaf Ittenbach stars as the wanker who's babysitting his
sister. I can honestly say that I had no idea what to expect when
watching this one, and it ended up being super weird and disjointed and
absolutely jam-packed with violence, although some of it was downright
laughable. Both stories are really thin and seem to serve only as ways
to cram as much viciousness as possible.
Julia's Love is a familiar one. The girl dates the guy, things go well,
then she hears a freak escaped from an asylum after killing a bunch of
people, and she realizes her date matches the description. She tries to
get help, but in many ways is too late.
The purity deals with the evil Father Ralf who kills and screws
anything he can find, as he is a secret Satanist. Someone else gets
blamed and beaten for it. Ralf ends up killing himself, and when the
villagers go after the other guy again, Ralf is observing things from
his spot in hell.
As I mentioned before, this reason for this movie's existence seems to
be solely to gross you out with gore. The stories aren't funny or
wink-wink, they're played serious and really mean. the dialogue is
bizarre, laughable and completely disposible. Julia's love just looks
for reasons to kill people in gross ways through past memories and
unnecessary victims. The Purity basically sets up for the weird finale
that takes place in hell, which is absolutely jam-packed with gore.
There is a TON of gore in this flick too, with plenty of limbs lost,
entrails ripped out, faces and heads smashed, and bodies generally
ripped to pieces. It's gross, but it's also often cheap looking and
dated (a lot of quick cutting away). The film is directed somewhat
competently with some cool camera work, and The Purity features some
decent period-piece stuff. The movie also uses sound quite effectively,
as you'll notice some aural creepiness for sure.
At the end of the day, I wasn't overly disturbed watching this film.
It's gory, but it isn't nastier than other things I've seen, like
Martyrs or even Inside. The Burning Moon is disappointing, to say the
least and besides a few laughs, I don't think I'd watch it again. I
mean, I wouldn't show it to my Mom, but anyone who considers themselves
a "seasoned" horror fan need not fear. The movie looks ancient and has
the quality of a bad porn flick. It might have terrified people back in
the day, but it's almost laughable now. Watching the "demons" cringe
during the lauded "hell" scene when getting sprayed with gore is kind
Video / Audio
Video is presented from the
original Video source (like
VHS style), and looks pretty grainy, washed out and unimpressive.
Audio comes through in Mono and sounds about as good as it
can. This ain't a feast for your home theatre setup.
The meatiest feature here is Making
of The Burning Moon, which runs almost 50 minutes long and is
actually quite compelling, if you're into learning about how a film
with such a small budget can come to be. Watching this actually helped
me gain a bit more of an appreciation for the film, learning how stunts
were done, how shots were set up, and how excited people were to be
making this admitted schlock. Interesting stuff.
You'll also get trailers for
this film, the ABCs of Love and Sex,
and The Secret Life: Jeffrey Dahmer.
I had never heard of The Burning Moon, and I likely won't remember it
after awhile. It claims to be big and vicious, but fans of Fulci,
Argento or even Nicotero have seen worse than this. Collectors will
likely snap it up, everyone else can safely avoid. This mean, mean
movie did little for me.