Der Todesking Limited Edition Dual Format + CD
Horror / Drama

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Der Todesking

The second feature film from German provocateur Jörg Buttgereit, director of Nekromantik and Nekromantik 2, Der Todesking (“The King of Death”) presents seven suicides across seven days of the week. 

As a chain letter from the self-proclaimed “Brotherhood of the 7th Day” circulates encouraging its recipients to end their lives, a series of grim murder-suicides unfold. In one vignette, a young woman massacres a room of concert-goers before turning the gun on herself; in another, a man, driven to madness by some unspecified mental disturbance, repeatedly slams his head into a wall before collapsing in a pool of his own blood… These are just some of depictions of death and despair that make up the tortured fabric of Der Todesking. 

Regarded by many as director Jörg Buttgereit’s most accomplished work, Der Todesking is an existential masterpiece - a powerfully haunting howl of rage from one of the genre’s most underrated filmmakers. 

Production Year: 1990
Region Code: B
UK Rating: 18
Running Time: 74 mins
Number of Discs: 3
Language: German
Subtitles: English
Audio: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Colour: Colour
Director Jörg Buttgereit
Cast Hermann Kopp
Cast Angelika Hoch
Cast Jörg Buttgereit
Cast Michael Krause
Cast Mark Reeder


  • HD transfer overseen by the filmmakers
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations 
  • Stereo 2.0 Audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) 
  • Optional English subtitles 
  • Limited edition digipak packaging featuring new artwork by Gilles Vranckx 
  • Limited edition certificate of authenticity 
  • “Brotherhood of the 7th Day” Chain Letter
  • Soundtrack CD
  • Limited Edition 60-page book


  • Audio commentary by Jörg Buttgereit and co-writer Franz Rodenkirchen 
  • From Bundy to Lautréamont - Jörg Buttgereit in conversation with journalist Graham Rae at the 2016 Manchester Festival of Fantastic Films 
  • Todesmusik – composer Hermann Kopp on his numerous collaborations with Jörg Buttgereit
  • Skeleton Under the Skin – journalist and Buttgereit fan Graham Rae on Todesking tattoo culture
  • The Making of Der Todesking - vintage documentary viewable with both an English language and a German-language audio track with English subtitles
  • Eating the Corpse - footage from the 1990 Berlin premiere
  • “The Letter” – alternate English-language chain letter insert used for the original UK VHS release
  • Corpse Fucking Art - 1992 documentary comprising the making-of Nekromantik, Der Todesking and Nekromantik 2, viewable with both an English-language and a German-language audio track with English subtitles
  • Two short films by producer Manfred O. Jelinski: Die Reise ins Licht (1972, 27 mins) and Geliebter Wahnsinn (1973, 7 mins) 
  • Der Gollob (1983, 18 mins) – short film by Jörg Buttgereit, newly restored in HD and viewable with optional audio commentary by Buttgereit
  • Extensive Image Gallery
  • Jörg Buttgereit Trailer Gallery


  • CD featuring the complete Der Todesking score plus bonus tracks


  • 60 page perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film from Graham Rae and Kat Ellinger, alongside an exceprt from David Kerekes' definitive Sex Murder Art: The Films of Jörg Buttgereit, all illustrated with new artwork and original archive stills

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