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Fritz Haarmann, aka the Butcher of Hanover and the Vampire of Hanover, was a German serial killer responsible for the murders of two dozen boys and young men during the so-called ‘years of crisis’ between the wars. His case would partly inspire Fritz Lang’s M, and its central character portrayed by Peter Lorre, as well as this forgotten gem from 1973.

Tenderness of the Wolves treats the viewer to a few weeks in the company of a killer. Baby-faced and shaven-headed, in a manner that recalls both M and F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu, Haarmann is a fascinating, repulsive figure. Using his status as a police informant to procure his victims, he dismembers their bodies after death and sells the flesh to restaurants, dumping the remainder out of sight. This isn’t an easy film to watch, but it certainly gets under the skin…

Produced by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (who also supplies a shifty cameo), Tenderness of the Wolves provided two of his regular actors with a means of expanding their careers. Ulli Lommel – later responsible for the infamous video nasty The Boogeyman – made his directorial debut, while Kurt Raab wrote the screenplay as well as delivering an astonishing performance as Haarmann.

studio:
Arrow Video
Director:
Ulli Lommel
Dubbing Languages:

German

Certificate:
18
Subtitle Languages:
English / English SDH
Main Language:
German
Number of Discs:
2
Region:
A

B

1

2
Brand:
Arrow Video

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Fritz Haarmann, aka the Butcher of Hanover and the Vampire of Hanover, was a German serial killer responsible for the murders of two dozen boys and young men during the so-called ‘years of crisis’ between the wars. His case would partly inspire Fritz Lang’s M, and its central character portrayed by Peter Lorre, as well as this forgotten gem from 1973.

Tenderness of the Wolves treats the viewer to a few weeks in the company of a killer. Baby-faced and shaven-headed, in a manner that recalls both M and F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu, Haarmann is a fascinating, repulsive figure. Using his status as a police informant to procure his victims, he dismembers their bodies after death and sells the flesh to restaurants, dumping the remainder out of sight. This isn’t an easy film to watch, but it certainly gets under the skin…

Produced by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (who also supplies a shifty cameo), Tenderness of the Wolves provided two of his regular actors with a means of expanding their careers. Ulli Lommel – later responsible for the infamous video nasty The Boogeyman – made his directorial debut, while Kurt Raab wrote the screenplay as well as delivering an astonishing performance as Haarmann.

studio:
Arrow Video
Director:
Ulli Lommel
Dubbing Languages:

German

Certificate:
18
Subtitle Languages:
English / English SDH
Main Language:
German
Number of Discs:
2
Region:
A

B

1

2
Brand:
Arrow Video

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'The Tenderness of Wolves' is a blood-mad bear in Wolf's clothing!'

Fassbinder! Lommel! Raab! First time director Ulli Lommel's skin-crawlingly sinister 'Tenderness of the Wolves' has a truly sublime film-making pedigree! Vividly written, and aggressively performed with a feral, unnerving intensity by a catastrophically creepy Kurt Raab, whose singularly cruel, morally repugnant, utterly inhuman predator's foul, opportunistic crimes frequently prove to be wholly indigestible. Lommel's artfully fashioned psychodrama proves to be a grimly compelling dissection of the diabolically degenerated lusts of an especially profane serial killer! This fascinatingly macabre dramatisation of the excruciatingly grisly, flesh-harvesting machinations of notorious cannibal killer Fritz Haarmann, more colloquially known as either 'The Butcher of Hanover', or the 'Vampire of Hanover' has an undeniably twisted charm, Ulli Lommel's morbidly mesmeric, disturbingly realistic true crime chiller has certainly lost none of its extraordinarily visceral power to nauseously curdle sensitive stomachs, and murderously make mystery meat out of the viewer's pulverised nerves...'The Tenderness of Wolves' is a blood-mad bear in Wolf's clothing!'

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