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(aka "Sukkubus - den Teufel im Leib")

 

Directed by Georg Tressler
Germany 1989

 

A Swiss legend tells of 3 herdsmen who invoked the forces of evil and were punished terribly for their sacrilege. This film is the story of that sacrilege and its punishment.

There's much talk these days of "folk horror". This film is the real deal, based on a gruesome and ancient story, much retold by people who live in the Alps, the huge mountain range that spans six European countries. In the summer the three herdsmen, two adults and a young apprentice took their cattle high up on the mountains where the pastures are richer. At night, holed up in their cabin there was little for them to do. Inevitably, their thoughts turned to sex. But as they were three men… what could they do? The more reckless of the men tried it on with the young boy, but was soon put in his place by the group's leader, who was himself combating lustful thoughts through prayer.

One day the boy finds a peculiar tree root shaped like a face. He brings it back to the hut and makes a kind of wig for it out of old straw. That night the two older men get drunk and, seeing the strange root, they decide to use it to make a life-sized female doll, using bits of old clothing, straw and wood. They baptize their creation with strong liquor and even offer it food. And then, to their shock, the doll comes to life in the form of a beautiful woman. And that's where their nightmare really starts. Resisting their abuse of her body, the demonic doll hunts them down one by one and takes a terrible revenge.
 

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Theatrical Release: August 10th, 1982

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• Interview with actor Peter Simonischek (29:31)
• Original trailer. (3:20)
• Mondo Macabro previews. (13:50)
• New cover art from Justin Coffee


Blu-ray Release Date: February 8th, 2022

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Chapters 9

 

 

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ADDITION: Mondo Macabro Blu-ray (April 2022): Mondo Macabro have transferred Georg Tressler's Sukkubus to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "Brand new 4k transfer from film negative, digitally restored". It looks quite strong - on a single layered disc with a supportive bitrate. It's in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio. It has decent detail - and often hand-held - proving a consistent 1080P presentation. Not stupendous, but very watchable and a clear notch above SD.  

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On their Blu-ray, Mondo Macabro use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (16-bit) in the original German language. Sukkubus has aggressive moments but it's faithful to the period without gunfire etc. just some extensive gore with rendering of a cow and one of the three men. It's mostly mocked-up. There is a score by Rolf A. Wilhelm - who is quite the journeyman - and has been composing films scores since the 50s. It does, subtly, add some flavor via the lossless transfer. Mondo Macabro offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Mondo Macabro Blu-ray offers an interview with the lead actor Peter Simonischek for about 1/2 hour - in German with optional English subtitles. He's amiable and nice to hear from. He's been doing many TV movies since the 80s. There is also a trailer for Sukkubus an the typical Mondo Macabro previews. 

Georg Tressler's Sukkubus is a modern 'folk horror'. It's unique and kinda cool with an obvious erotic proclivity. I loved the concept; old-worlde cattle tenderers - alone in the picturesque mountains - and a pair of the three get drunk one night - accidentally summoning a 'succubus' via their lecherous desires - although it's more like an evil spirit. A succubus of legend - would result in poor physical or mental health, even death. There is dialogue delving into the ancient perception of the folk-based she-devil and their attempts to eradicate her (tying her to a rock so a cow has sex with her, as one example.) She seduces them from a distance with the intent to avenge their wild night of debauchery seeking femme-fatale-like cold-blooded murder. No, it's not a noir. Mondo Macabro continue with their catalogue of highly interesting films. I had never seen Sukkubuss and I was keenly enjoying my viewing. I thought it was worthy of a commentary. It's not going to win any awards but there is an imaginative, and creepy, element to it that many will appreciate. The Blu-ray provides a 4K-restored HD presentation of an intriguing film. Those keen on 'folk horror' should check this out. I can see watching this again. 

Gary Tooze

 


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