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In a time when evil is arising and all hope is fading, only a true hero can bring forth salvation. Her name is Blubberella. Half vampire, half human, and all trouble, Blubberella loves nothing more than killing Nazi soldiers, and a substantial turkey on rye. She has moved through the centuries battling the forces of evil, while perfecting the ultimate cotton candy recipe. But when she comes face to face with her arch nemesis and commandant of the German army, she accidently transforms him into a powerful day-walking vampire. Now, Blubberella must face a legion of undead Nazi soldiers in her valiant struggle against bloodshed and tyranny.
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It should be abundantly clear that this movie is relentlessly tasteless, so if you are expecting anything highbrow, turn it off now. If you are looking for the most sanity-challenged superhero-vampire-war comedy parody in the history of film, "Blubberella" is for you. Speaking of film, Boll gets points for shooting on film, and the cinematography is first rate with beautiful color and amazingly well-composed shots (considering what we're watching). The film has nothing like a linear narrative, jumping between World War Two and present day pop culture with jarring frequency. The film opens with a bit of narrative explaining that Blubberella has been around for 800 years; as she starts her day with homemade cotton candy, she forlornly reveals that she's really just looking for Mr. Right. She has online dating profiles on leading Hebrew websites (I bet you can't see where this is going) and employs both swords and rolling pins as weapons with equal aplomb.
The sets and props were better than expected as the film was made in Croatia with the same sets at the same time with the same cast and crew as the serious Nazi vampire Boll film "BloodRayne: The Third Reich". This is the better movie. The action and firefight scenes are completely nuts and the caricatures are omnipresent, while dialogue is frequently sarcastic and amusing. We meet crazy Dr. Mangler (could this be Clint Howard's most over-the-top role?) who is working on vampirism experiments (a title card reads "Patient list: M. Jackson; C. Haim; L. Lohan") as he's doing some kind of gross-out plastic surgery on Elvis in his vampire form (I think. This was all a bit much to follow.) From out of nowhere we see Blubberella's domestic situation is not ideal as not only is she lonely her mom is abusive, throwing meat at her. You will also note some genuinely outrageous makeup on her mom (not to mention the accent.) Things look up for Blubberella, though, when Hitler drops by for a tryst and game of Risk (I loved seeing him play the classic strategic board game; it will not surprise you to learn he is not a good loser), which is when we learn that the word "Vampire" is the first word in the acronym VILF.
The plot just goes everywhere with the obligatory righting of wrongs, swordplay, steamy thwarted romance in the back of a Wehrmacht truck, interior decoration critique, firefights, subplots galore and dialogue like "Is anyone allergic to cocoa butter?", seductive dancing, neck biting, super-odd music cues at the strangest times on the soundtrack, trashy love triangles, and in perhaps my favorite scene in the film, the weirdest intervention ever. I was fond of the off the cuff feel of much of the dialogue (while leafing through a photo album casually remarking "Oh, you know Hitler", for instance) and while there's bad taste aplenty on display here, I admire Boll's willingness to make an utterly unique movie that was totally politically incorrect and then some. The performances are generally good and the actors clearly enjoyed being in such an outrageous spoof, and their enthusiasm goes a long way to make this movie as enjoyable as it is.
I honestly (honestly) don't know what to say about this movie. I am rarely speechless, but a fair assessment of this movie is very challenging. It has great enthusiasm and numerous absolutely inspired moments, but it's also uneven, and some of the shtick gets a bit old by the end. I gave it three stars, but can see how a conscientious reviewer could give this any rating with some justification (in truth I was waffling between three and four stars). Now that I have said that, I really do want to emphasize how totally original and unique this over-the-top, absolutely crazy spectacle is and I applaud Boll for being gutsy enough to make something like this. I wish his other movies were this idiosyncratic and entertaining.
The DVD comes with a couple of extras, a trailer which is well done and a behind the scenes feature, which was surprisingly entertaining. I particularly liked the discussion of getting "two movies for the price of one" and what it was like shooting this in parallel with "BloodRayne: The Third Reich". Boll was more personable than I expected, and I really enjoyed his real world tips on economical movie making. Basic steps like shooting in Croatia instead of Hollywood are perhaps obvious, but he chooses to shoot in the winter when other filmmakers don't work much, and made these two movies during the winter Olympics as nobody in the industry was doing much then and he could get really talented actors and crew much cheaper then. I have to hand it to him, that's just brilliant.
"Blubberella" will not be for everyone. Realistically it's not even for most people. But Uwe Boll fans and people interested in the admittedly rather specialized Nazi-vampire-superhero-comedy genre will need to check it out with great haste. Just don't expect class or decorum. It's truly like nothing I've ever seen before: whether that's a good thing or not is a matter up for debate.
Uwe Boll should make more movies like this. Or stop making movies.
this movie is f*****g awesome. it's a guy movie with man humor
it is done right