Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe (The Tenderness of Wolves)
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Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe (The Tenderness of Wolves)
This dark horror film from director Ulli Lommel was based on the real-life crimes of Fritz Haarman (Kurt Raab), the so-called "Vampire of Dusseldorf" who murdered over 25 young boys, drank their blood, and sold their flesh as black-market meat. Several German films had depicted Haarman's murderous exploits, most notably Fritz Lang's classic M (1931), but Lommel's version is far more graphic and horrifying. Produced by filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who also appears, the film revels in pseudo-Expressionistic imagery which sears itself into the viewer's mind.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A nasty little melodrama, lurid and creepy and sometimes bordering on demented humor. It's the kind of movie we may not exactly enjoy, but we don't walk out on."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Lommel's film remains as disturbing a look at a serial killer as you're likely to see."
‑ , Film4
"It is beautifully and enthusiastically performed and it doesn't contain a single superfluous or redundant camera movement."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A black comedy of manners, but the crimes are so ghastly that they drown out the comedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews