DVD Review: The Violent Shit Collection

The Violent Shit Collection – A Five Film Special “Shitition” (3 DVDs) from writer-director Andreas Schnaas who also stars, edits, produces and even does the special effects for these films. 

In 1980s Germany, horror film censorship was a huge problem. The government rarely let classic horror films pass without severe cuts when they were released on home video. To combat this unfortunate situation, many German horror fans scraped together a few bucks, rented video cameras and created their own ultra-violent, gory, splatter film epics. Arguably the most famous of these micro-budget German gorefests are the VIOLENT SHIT films from director Andreas Schnaas. Shot on standard definition video cameras, these films are a sight to behold. Although they are amateurishly made, choppily edited and loaded with ridiculous low-budget gore, these films have an undeniably offensive charm that has kept horror fans entertained for over 25 years!

VIOLENT SHIT (1989)

The 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 and leaves a trail of blood and gore in his wake. Newly re-mastered by the film’s original producer.

Rated: Not Rated

Run Time: 73 Minutes

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) / NTSC

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital German 2.0 Stereo

Subtitles: English (Optional)

VIOLENT SHIT II: MOTHER HOLD MY HAND (1992)

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 and disemboweling his way through the German countryside. Newly re-mastered by the film’s original producer.

Rated: Not Rated

Run Time: 74 Minutes

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) / NTSC

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital German 2.0 Stereo

Subtitles: English (Optional)

VIOLENT SHIT III: INFANTRY OF DOOM (aka ZOMBIE DOOM) (1999)

A group of friends get lost at sea and land on a remote island, but they are not alone! Captured by Karl the Butcher Jr. and 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.

Rated: Not Rated

Run Time: 79 Minutes

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) / NTSC

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital German 2.0 Stereo

Subtitles: English (Optional)

VIOLENT SHIT 4.0: KARL THE BUTCHER VS. AXE (2010)

The year is 2023, and 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.

Rated: Not Rated

Run Time: 78 Minutes

DVD Video: Anamorphic (1.78:1) Widescreen Presentation / NTSC

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital English 2.0 Stereo

ZOMBIE ’90: EXTREME PESTILENCE (1991)

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.

Rated: Not Rated

Run Time: 76 Minutes

DVD Video: Full-Frame Presentation (1.33:1) / NTSC

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital English 2.0 Stereo

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes details and specs for each movie and some images. There’s also some liner notes that give a little history lesson about the filmmaker and these bizarre movies of his. Each disc also includes their own individual artwork. Inserting each disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality varies with each movie and sadly isn’t of great quality for the most part.

Bottom line is, The Violent Shit Collection wasn’t a good watch at all and to be honest the movies were all really hard to get through. They’re bad movies but they are ambitious ones from Andreas Schnaas, the rebellious young filmmaker and his trusty V/H/S camcorder. What these movies represent is ambitious filmmaking during a time in Germany when movies like this weren’t allowed to be viewed by the masses of hungry horror fans. The movies were shot on a V/H/S camcorder (and you can tell) and were all really imaginative entries from this young filmmaker who simply wanted to create his own projects. Horror movies like these were frowned upon by the censors but they were able to find an audience and now they’re making their way to the U.S. This cinematic shit stain includes the first three Violent Shit films (remastered by the original owners) along with Violent Shit 4.0: Karl The Butcher Vs. Axe and as an added bonus there’s the English dub version of Zombie ’90: Extreme Pestilence. Synapse Films will release this collection on DVD for the first time ever in North America on April 11th. Here’s your chance to witness Karl the Butcher aka K. the Butcher Shitter for the first time ever!

 

 

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