Monday, September 13, 2010

Fangoria FrightFest : Grimm Love

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An American criminal psychology student in Germany sets out to write her thesis on the strange case of a man who willingly allowed himself to be cannibalized by a stranger he met over the internet. Delving deeper and deeper into the case and the mens' pasts, she finds that what she discovers will change her life forever.

HO. LY. SHIT. Over the years, i've been exposed to so much violent imagery - both real and fake - that i've become highly desensitized to the types of films that most consider disturbing. It is for this reason that very few films actually manage to succeed in disturbing me. Grimm Love is one of those rare films that pulled it off. While I was incredibly unsettled while watching it, it wasn't until I Wikipedia'd the film afterwards that I was shaken to my very core. The events that were unraveling before me were so over the top and bizarre that I found it hard to suspend disbelief and fully take the film seriously while I was watching it. And then I looked it up. And then I realized that everything I just witnessed actually happened. And then I realized how fucked up of a world we truly live in. And then I couldn't sleep.

In a horrifically disturbing nutshell, Grimm Love tells the very true story of Armin Meiwes, a man with a fetish for eating humans, and J├╝rgen Brandes, a man with a fetish for being eaten by a human. The two men met up on the internet and shared their fetishes with one another, an act that was caught on a videotape that has for obvious reasons never been made available to the public (so don't even bother trying to Google it, you sick fuck). After downing mass quantities of alcohol and pain killers, Brandes let Meiwes cut his penis off, which the two of them attempted to cook and consume. Several hours later, Meiwes killed Brandes by stabbing him in the throat. He then ate his body over the course of the next year, fulfilling both of their desires. Read all the details here.

Yep, it's all true and Grimm Love is so well done, without exploiting the case, that you almost feel like you're watching the actual footage that Meiwes filmed. In other words, it's one of the most fucked up movies i've ever seen - and was in fact banned in Germany for several years after Meiwes complained that his rights had been violated. It is obviously not for the faint of heart but for those who can stomach it and are into pitch black material, it's a hell of a fascinating look inside the darkest recesses of humanity.

If you see only one film from Fangoria's FrightFest line, make it Grimm Love. But again, only if you think you can handle it. And don't be comforted or fooled by the incredibly deceptive fact that Keri Russell is in it - this is far from the kind of thing fans of hers should be exposed to and I must commend her for taking on such grimm material. Felicity fans, stay far far away.

6 comments:

ThePersonYouBenefitFromKnowing said...

So glad you liked this one! I had heard of the story before hand, and was impressed to see which parts they stuck so close to on this one! If you want a lighthearted version of this, check out a loose spoof of it on the great British comedy show called The It Crowd, an episode called "Moss & The German", it'll help you sleep at night, I swear!

Johnny said...

Anything to erase this from my mind!!

Copyboy said...

I love the ones with a tinge of reality-ish footage thrown in.

bastardjackyll said...

"Felicity fans, stay far far away."

100% comedy gold.

Jay Amabile said...

SOOOO funny you mentioned the Keri Russell thing because that was my reason for wanting to see it, she's easy on the eyes. I'll put it in my queue.

King Cripple said...

There's actually a couple of death metal songs written about this very event. The most famous, though "famous death metal" seems like an oxymoron, is bloodbath's infectious "Eaten". Here's the song and the lyrics:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiONOj4nAqY

I'm usually not a big fan of "FrightFest" guy, but I'll definitely have to check this film out.