Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 28th, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: Germany, 1997
Director: Olaf Ittenbach
Writer: Olaf Ittenbach
Cast: Andrea Arbter, Ellen Fischer, Ronald Fuhrmann, Rudolf Höß, Olaf Ittenbach, Bernd Muggenthaler, Kurt Nauder, Beate Neumeyer, Helmut Neumeyer, Alfons Sigllechner, André Stryi, Barbara Woderschek
DVD released: March 13th, 2012
Approximate running time: 98 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono German
DVD Release: Intervision Picture Corp.
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis: A drug addicted brother gets high and tells his younger sister to morbid stories.
The first tale revolves a escaped mental patient, who professes him love to a girl, after he brutally murders her family. The second story centers around a young man, who is wrongly accused of crimes that he did not commit. Unfortunately for him the locales are out for blood and in their mind he is the guilty one. With the only thing that ties these two tales together is the drug addicted narrator, who saves one last moment of carnage for the film’s finale.
The Burning Moon is a well revered film amongst SOV (shot on video) Horror film enthusiasts. To further bolster this film reputation, since its initial release the uncut version of the film has been banned in Germany. With these things in mind, I went into the film with a open mind and walked away feeling as though my brain had melted due to the absurdity that had just unfolded on screen.
Where to begin with the things that just don’t not work or are just downright awful in this film. There is a predictability to the stories contained within and to further make things more excruciating the narrative moves long at a snail’s like pace. Without a doubt the most painful aspect of this film are its performances, which are among some of the blandest to ever grace a Horror film.
Ok, now that we have gotten that out of the way. Let’s move onto the main reason why these film’s have such a rabid fan base, their gore sequences. Sure there is a crudeness to the gore that appears in this film. And yet there is never moment of carnage that is not a blast to watch. Whether it be POV shot of someone eating a eyeball, decapitations or just plain old ripping body apart, limb by limb. Needless to say there is never a shortage of gruesome moments that inhabit this film. For this reason alone, most Gorehounds should be more than satisfied with this film.
The Burning Moon is presented in its original 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio. This film was shot on video and as to be expected, this transfer is limited due to the limitations of the source materials. Despite its flaws, this transfer is a more then serviceable presentation.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in German and removable English subtitles have been included. The audio fares better than the transfer. Dialog comes through clearly, everything sounds balanced and the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (39 seconds – 4:3 full frame), reversible cover art and a lengthy ‘Behind the Scene’ documentary (46 minutes 36 seconds – 4:3 full frame, in German with English subtitles) that contains cast & crew comments and on set footage. Rounding out the extras for this release are trailer for The ABC’s of Love and Sex and The Secret Life: Jeffery Dahmer. Overall Intervision Picture Corp. gives The Burning Moon gets a well rounded DVD release.