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Tenderness of the Wolves

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Genres: Horror, Thriller
Starring: Kurt Raab, Jeff Roden, Margit Christensen, Ingrid Craven, Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Plot Synopsis:

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. Bonus features include: Theatrical trailer, Newly-filmed appreciation by film historian and expert on European horror cinema Stephen Thrower, Brand-new interview with director of photography Jürgen Jürges, The Tender Wolf a brand-new in-depth interview with director Ulli Lommel, New translated English subtitles, Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM Audio, High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation, New high definition digital transfer prepared by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil, Illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the film by Tony Rayns

  • Release Details
    Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
    Movie Release Year: 1973
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Arrow