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directed by Alexander Bakshaev (as Alex Bakshaev)
Germany 2015


Morose novelist Jakob Radek (producer Ludwig Reuter billed as "Ross Indecency") is happy to share his solitude with his girlfriend Linda (Sandra Bourdonnec) until he starts having nightmares in which she seduces and murders him in the act. Coming to believe that Linda is the devil, he appeals to his childhood friend Kurt (Suleyman Yuceer), a hitman, to murder her. Jakob actually might not be overreacting since Linda is a Karnstein and has resisted the curse of her family's blood that tells her that she is destined to kill Jakob before returning to the mist. Kurt has been losing his nerve as of late and has been unable to complete his assignments, but can he kill for the man he regards as a brother or will his attempt to purge his friend of his delusion end up fulfilling destiny. Although a number of director Alex Bakshaev's short films and his latest feature S&M: LES SADIQUES are homages to Jess Franco (NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND DESIRES), THE DEVIL OF KREUZBERG does seem to references Franco on the surface with the use of the Karnstein name and Linda as a reluctant supernatural creature (not exactly a vampire but possibly delusional) but the short film has also drawn comparisons to Jean Rollin (THE IRON ROSE) with its fusion of pulpy crime elements with Gothic lyricism and cemetery wanderings. The result is not entirely successful, although it does seem like a slightly more cohesive script could have sustained a feature-length running time.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 1 March 2015 (Germany)

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DVD Review: Yellow Bag Films - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Yellow Bag Films

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 41:54 (4% PAL speedup)

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.63 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio German/English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Yellow Bag Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Deleted Scenes (0:37 + 3:38 + 0:28)
� Making-of (6:46)
� Video Review (4:46)
� Short Film 'Bittersweet' (25:02)
� Short Film 'Crash Zoom' (37:25)
� Trailer (1:09)
� English Trailer (0:54)
� Trailer for 'Zombie 2024'

DVD Release Date:

Chapters 20



This promo DVD-R (once available from Carnie Films and in short supply from Strange Vice) which may yet herald a more commercial release features a mid-range bitrate encode of an HD-lensed feature that looks a bit noisier in the more saturated colors - particularly the red of Linda's cloak - but the lower bitrate was necessitated by the short film sharing space with another hour plus of extras including three deleted scenes - introductory scenes that were deemed unnecessary in the final cut - a making-of that is not English-friendly, a video review of the film from the YouTube show "The Final Cut", two trailers for the film, and two short films by Bakshaev (the most interesting being Bittersweet which seems as if it could be expanded upon). The German Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio has some heavily-accented English in it but these bits are included on the English subtitle track. The film's trailer is scored with the Claudio Simonetti cues mixed together for the trailer for DEMONS and a major sequence from the film is shot in the same train station.

  - Eric Cotenas


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