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THE BURNING MOON
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Olaf Ittenbach

Starring:
Andrea Arbter
Olaf Ittenbach
Ellen Fischer
Ronald Fuhrmann

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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 of funny.
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 Extras
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.
Last Call
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.
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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