Archive for July 25, 2009

The Screaming Krimi

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on July 25, 2009 by dcairns

Opening titles of Edgar Wallace-derived krimi DER HEXER, directed Alfred “DEAD EYES OF LONDON” Vohrer. One the one habd, I find krimi a lot more charming and less skin-crawling than gialli, their Italian cousins. Somehow, the Germans, perhaps having gotten all their misanthropy out during the war, are much less appalling and creepy than the Italians when it comes to making sinister and nonsensical crime shockers. On the other hand, the lack of that element of malaise can sometimes make the krimi seem a bit flat compared to the more bracingly scabrous, woman-hating world of the gialli.

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