Saturday, April 22, 2017
DVD Review: VIOLENT SHIT COLLECTION
VIOLENT SHIT COLLECTION
Directed by Andreas Schnaas
Distributed by Synapse Films / CAV Distributing
If there has ever been a title that so perfectly described the film, VIOLENT SHIT is the one! VIOLENT SHIT was made back in 1989 by filmmaker Andreas Schnaas, followed by VIOLENT SHIT 2 in 1992, VIOLENT SHIT 3: INFANTRY OF DOOM in 1999, and then VIOLENT SHIT 4: KARL THE BUTCHER VS. AXE in 2010. In this latest release from Synapse Films, all 4 films are collected in this one Special Edition.
Here is the basic plot synopsis of each film courtesy of CAV:
VIOLENT SHITThe legend of "K. the Butcher Shitter" is born in this German DIY video roughie, shot on the low-fi Video-8 format. A demented killer escapes the police & leaves a trail of blood & gore in his wake. Newly re-mastered by the film’s original producer.
VIOLENT SHIT II: MOTHER HOLD MY HAND
Set twenty years after the original film, Karl the Butcher Jr. continues his late father’s legacy. After receiving a machete as a birthday gift from his mother, Karl Jr. turns into a maniacal killer slashing, chopping, shooting & disemboweling his way through the German countryside. Newly re-mastered by the film’s original producer.
VIOLENT SHIT III: INFANTRY OF DOOM (aka ZOMBIE DOOM)
A group of friends get lost at sea & land on a remote island, but they are not alone! Captured by Karl the Butcher Jr. & his father, these men are subjected to a sadistic version of The Most Dangerous Game brought on by the Butcher Shitters and their army of metal-masked killers! Newly re-mastered by the film’s original producer.
VIOLENT SHIT 4.0: KARL THE BUTCHER VS. AXE
The year is 2023, & the world has become a desolate wasteland with gangs taking over the streets. Karl the Butcher Jr. returns from the bowels of Hell, on a mission to kill a new mass murderer named Axe. Original English Language Version.
BONUS FEATURE: ZOMBIE ’90: EXTREME PESTILENCE
Shot for a reported $2000 between the filming of VIOLENT SHIT 1 & 2, ZOMBIE ’90: EXTREME PESTILENCE follows two bumbling doctors as they investigate a zombie outbreak. After a military plane crash releases strange chemicals into the German countryside, the dead rise to attack the living! Can they be stopped? Transferred from an original PAL 1” master given to us by Cinematographer Steve Aquilina.
I had always heard of these films, but had never seen them. The DVDs used to be hard to come by and quite expensive to get online. Luckily Synapse has put out this amazing collection so the films are readily available to everyone now! I have only watched the first 3 movies so far, but I can already tell how amazing this collection is.
The first film is very low budget and looks like it was shot on a VHS camcorder. It is pretty roughly made, but that does not take away from the enjoyment of it at all. In fact, it almost makes it feel more real! The gore is pretty amazing, and of course, all practical effects since it was made back in 1989. The only negative here is that the blood looks like bright red paint, in fact, it reminded me of the blood from the old Herschell Gordon Lewis films like BLOOD FEAST and COLOR ME BLOOD RED.
The second film is my favorite of the 3 I've watched so far. It was amazing to see the difference in quality of film from the first film to part 2. You could tell the budget was a little more (although still very low) and looks like it was shot with a slightly better camera. Again the gore here is amazing. The special effects look great, and the blood looks much more realistic than in the first film.
The third film gets really crazy, as Karl the Butcher is not the only killer, but he has an entire army of mask wielding maniacs joining him this time! Again, you can see the progression with each film in terms of quality. This gore effects were once again amazing, including some genital mutilation scenes that made me have to actually turn away from the screen! That is quite an accomplishment considering I've watched some nasty stuff and not much bothers me!
I am really looking forward to checking out part 4 and the bonus movie. This is a great collection and the $29.95 price tag is a steal for this 5 movie collection! I highly recommend this DVD set and would say it is a must have for any gore fan!
The VIOLENT SHIT COLLECTION is available now on DVD from Synapse Films and CAV Distribution. Special Features include:
* The first three VIOLENT SHIT films, remastered by the original owners, plus VIOLENT SHIT 4.0: KARL THE BUTCHER VS. AXE
* Liner notes from Ted Geoghegan (Screenwriter of NIKOS THE IMPALER, & Writer/Director of WE ARE STILL HERE)
* Special BONUS DVD, including the English dub version of ZOMBIE ’90: EXTREME PESTILENCE & VIOLENT SHIT 4.0: KARL THE BUTCHER VS. AXE
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD collection