Violent Shit Hits

Director: Andreas Schnaas Pure madness and dismemberment. Andreas Schnaas and his films are in part a product of a post-World War II German. The country was afraid of offensiveness...

Director: Andreas Schnaas

Pure madness and dismemberment.

Andreas Schnaas and his films are in part a product of a post-World War II German. The country was afraid of offensiveness of too strong a type, at in its pop culture expression. In the 80s, when so many gore films hit the shelves, including a glut of shot on video (SOV) films that lined those shelves alongside relatively higher budget films shot on film.

But these movies didn’t make their way to Schnaas for the most part. Just like England’s Video Nasty censorship, Germany was reluctant to let “exploitation” film art into its country. So Schnaas did his thing. The enterprising young man scraped together a (very) little bit of money, grabbed a camera and his friends and made his own gore films.

Except for the fact that he needed other people to play characters in the films, Schnaas could have made these movies all on his lonesome. In fact, he practically did. He wrote, shot, edited and did special FX on the Violent Shit series. And these are aptly named films. They are vehicles for Schnaas’ astounding gore FX.

Even by today’s standards, this is some pretty harsh stuff, including at least two instances of breast severing. For example. The filmmaker didn’t let much hold him back. In Zombie Pestilence, included with this set even though it is not technically a part of the Violent Shit series, there is use of an infant as wishbone. The easily offended need not apply.

Sadly, the German government did apply, and they did not find any of it amusing. They made a habit of confiscating Schnaas’ films. A misfortune for gore-hungry viewers but the director nevertheless found it amusing.

With the Violent Shit Collection (“Five Disc Collector’s Shitition”) the entire series, plus Zombie Pestilence, delivers 20 years’ worth of Schnaas’ most renowned and infamous series: Violent Shit, Violent Shit: Mother Hold My Hand, Violent Shit: Infantry of Doom (which is where I started back when the film was available here under the title Zombie Doom), and Violent Shit 4.0: Karl the Butcher Vs. Axe.

These are premier European gore flicks. They contain some of the finest SOV blood and guts effects I’ve seen. The rawness of the films does little but make them far more effective as ocular assaults. Karl the Butcher rages through four films, with a reinvention of story and background in each film.

But Karl the Butcher is always the same.

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