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The Burning Moon (1997)

Andrea Arbter , Olaf Ittenbach , Olaf Ittenbach  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Andrea Arbter, Olaf Ittenbach, Ellen Fischer, Ronald Fuhrmann
  • Directors: Olaf Ittenbach
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Intervision Picture Corp.
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0060AAMEI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,852 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In 1997, writer/director/special effects master Olaf Ittenbach changed the face of video horror, force-fed its ripped-out eyeballs to screaming audiences, then used a drill, machete and shotgun on its still-twitching torso: Ittenbach himself stars as a degenerate junkie who babysits his young sister with two bedtime stories of the damned. First, an escaped serial killer turns date night into a graphic family massacre. Then a country priest on a rape and murder spree leads to a disturbingly explicit descent into Hell. It became the VHS that shocked America. It has been banned in its Motherland for nearly 20 years. And it remains perhaps the most violent and depraved shot-on-video saga in history. This is The Burning Moon.


AN ANTI-HUMAN MASTERPIECE... Satanism. Disembowelment. Sexual assault. A particularly notorious segment appears to have actually been shot in Hell. There's zero doubt that Olaf Ittenbach was destined to either make this film or rape wolves. Zack Carlson, editor/author of DESTROY ALL MOVIES --Zack Carlson, Editor/Author of DESTROY ALL MOVIES

AN ALL-OUT SPLATTER BLOW-OUT... A pathologically inventive, heinously clever slate of some seriously bent sh*t. Chas. Balun, Gore Score --Chas. Balun, Gore Score

HARDCORE GORE.... A must see for those who think HOSTEL was the beginning of this kind of stuff.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars olaf itenbach classic March 9, 2010
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the cover-art is funny-gross, however the information is a bit lacking on the back.

no format notification(ntsc or pal)
no region code status(1 or 0)
the year this claims of release is 1997(is this right?, i so thought this was released in 1992, maybe i am wrong)
originally released by dead alive productions on vhs and dvd(the same people whom released traces of death part 1 and 2 on vhs which i also still own).

out of all the super-gore films i have seen and purchased over the years, they are tributes compared to this german splatter-shocker.

one thing needs to be known to all whom plan to purchase this edition, it is clear to me this was taken from an out of print vhs, because it does not appear to be remastered, just transfered to dvd.

the inside packaging is very nice and contains a brief history about the film, director and history of how american took-to-it intially here in america.

if your vhs copy is worn or you don't want to go public domain(some ioffer sellers seem to be still stocking it,"are they breaking the rules of the bernie act code by not pulling it due to this release version"? just curious), then this edition is right up your ally and at a reasonable price.

the subtitles can be turned on and off(i turn them on because, sadly, i cannot speak nor understand one word of german(my fault, i am a terrible pollyglot(bi or multi-lingual).

please keep in mind this film is X-rated and NOT to be purchased/viewed by anybody under 18 years of age.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
"By using a device that most people recorded their honeymoon sextape with, Ittenbach creates a film that bashes your face in, stomps your ribs, castrates you with rusted scissors, rapes your senses and pisses on your soul. You will never see another movie that delivers the gore like Burning Moon. This is one of the few SoV movies out there that has an audience beyond fans of super low budget horror or VHS collecting. It's a genuinely solid film that uses gore for humor and intensity. If there's one horror movie you watch this year, it needs to be The Burning Moon. 10/10"

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars german horror November 1, 2012
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I will say the trailer for this film made it sound like some crazy film. The acting is so absurd at points its laughable. By the time the gore kicks in the film is almost over (sad face) but at least its good when it does i will say the ending is the most shocking part of the film. All in all average just try not to get bored with the drawn out plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bedtime stories from beyond August 3, 2014
Germany has a Fulci! Olaf Ittenbach is the godfather of gore in Deutchland. There is obviously something sick and demented going on the mind of a nihilist junkie played by Herr Ittenbach as he tells his younger sister bedtime stories. There is remincent moods of darkness that evoke the late, great Lucio Fulci but Olaf Ittenbach makes a name for himself with treasure of horror stories. Shocking, brutal and unforgiving are only but a few words to describe this journey into terror. A film not to be missed by true fans of the genre.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of gore...but not much more... February 7, 2014
I first saw this German chiller in the late 1990's via the much missed video rental store. I had never heard of the film but many gorehounds had mused about The Burning Moon's infamous, and shocking imagery. The story is most well known for it's sublimely violent scenes of a very demonic version of hell. I will admit that at first viewing, I was admittedly impressed, as a horror fan, at the gut-purging gore scenes as well the satanic story lines. If your looking for flashy, Hollywoodesque CGI effects, you will be disappointed. However, the campiness and the bargain effects actually aid the film. The acting is decent considering none of the films cast are professionals by any means. This movie is one to watch for true horror fans. However, The Burning Moon is one of those pesky German sickies that still doesn't get past the B-list. But hey, we all grew up cutting our collective film fangs on movies just like this.
The Burning Moon is a trilogy film. It spews out three distinct stories about a depraved serial killer, a satanic-rapist priest, and an autistic murder victim back for revenge. Like I said, the killings are nasty and rough. The trilogy starts out as bedtime stories for the thoroughly unlikeable antagonist and narrator of the film's little sister. Let's just say, it ends badly.
The Burning Moon as a German film. The characters speak German but the sub-titles are easily readable.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to review June 16, 2013
This is a gory film yes. Does it live up to much of the hype and praise? Well, sorta. I have had a few German horror come my way, most of which offer this same exact thing. Nekromantik works, but most of the others didn't.

The acting in this movie may be one of the movies weaker points. It goes all over the place and can leave you rolling your eyes hoping it ends and some gore begins. The movie is pure violence for the sake of violence and may be one reason it gets any kind of "Video Nasty" reference. The gore is good and quite plentiful, but getting to it can be a problem as the acting and some writing drags a bit.

It is a decent watch, but don't go expecting it to expand your horror experience. It really is from the very beginning about people who don't care about authority or religion and simply disrespect others, do drugs, fight and kill siblings and innocent bystanders. So there is no moral, no hero, and little justice - just violence strung together with a plot of a teen telling his kid sister 2 horror stories after he shoots-up.

It isn't bad, but it isn't great. The only "Great" aspect is the gore which stays pretty constant and decent all the way and then throws the big finale in your face right near the end.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe shocking in the 90's
Idk why I bought this. I love horror but somehow deep down knew the gore subgenre was not for me. No real suspense or "horror", just gore. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Boddicker
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Widescreen
Amazon has this incorrectly listed as being widescreen. It is in old 1:33 ratio.

The quality of the film is very poor, and looks absolutely horrible on modern large... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Anonymity
1.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a gore classic.....
if it were made back in the 60's but this film was shot in the 90's!! As others have stated; the acting is horrible, the story is so-so and the f/x are laughable, especially for... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Erin C. Crigger
5.0 out of 5 stars BRUTAL
I love this film, Olaf is one of my favorite directors, and I enjoyed the Intervision DVD case as well, it was different than most that I see. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Matthew Renda
1.0 out of 5 stars What a Load of Crap
This movie is horrible horrible horrible. It's only got the hype it does because it's so "extreme" and because it was banned back in the early 90's in Germany. Read more
Published on August 19, 2012 by D. Ryan Mowry
1.0 out of 5 stars This schlock actually has fans???
Burning Moon is a spectacular failure in every way possible. The story tries to ape an anthology with 2 spooky stories being told, but they both are crappy and in the main arc a... Read more
Published on August 16, 2012 by I'm Right
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst film but for all the wroing reasons
So this was called an Anti-Human Masterpiece by Zack Carlson from 'Destroy all Movies", also "An all out Splatter blow out" by Heinously Clever word and phrases like masterpiece... Read more
Published on August 16, 2012 by William Cate
5.0 out of 5 stars Satan Hell Gore!!!
Gore Forever! Satan! Blood! Death! Fire! Pain! Hell And Pain Forever and Ever!

Yep, that pretty much sums this one up. Check it out!!!
Published on June 18, 2012 by Gore Hound
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic but...
Classic, but did not live up to its reputation. I thought it was going to be over the top sick effects and story. Its neither. Read more
Published on March 29, 2012 by Skithed
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