Title: Garden of Love

Also known as:
The Haunting of Rebecca Verlaine (USA title)

Year: 2003

Genre: Gore / Supernatural / Horror

Language: English

Runtime: 86 min

Director: Olaf Ittenbach

Writer: Olaf Ittenbach & Thomas Reitmair

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0355473/

Rebecca survives a huge slaughter in her house at an early age, but is left without a family and suffering from amnesia. Many years later, still not knowing her past, she is being terrorized by horrific visions and can soon find a link between these demons of the mind and the events that left her with amnesia.

Our thoughts:
I guess I should be ashamed calling myself a fan of Ittenbach and not having seen "Garden of Love" until now, but it was always one of those films I wanted but I knew it wouldn't be worth the price (most places seemed to have a high price tag on this one). I figured with Njutafilms having released it recently and all, maybe it would be good to review it for them. Olaf Ittenbach isn't a very good director, he has a hard time delivering a solid story, but just like most of the German splatter directors, he knows how to fill the screen with the good stuff, and that's exactly what this film does. Ittenbach is the most successful out of the German splatter directors, but I don't think I would consider him my own favorite even though his films certainly are more well made. I was always a Schnaas fan myself, for the importance of "Violent Shit" and just the overall stupidity he delivers into his films (even though I don't think he works as well with Timo Rose as he does alone). Ittenbach have much more serious films in his filmography, and sometimes it feels like maybe he thinks he is better at storytelling than he really is.

The story in "Garden of Love" is generic and bland. It tries to surprise us here and there but never really succeeds because everyone in the film act like scumbags so nothing is surprising. We follow Rebecca many years after her family was brutally murdered and she fell into a coma for two years. From the moment she woke up from the coma she has been suffering from amnesia and no one has told her what really happened to her family. When her life seems to be at its top, she starts seeing gruesome ghosts that she later finds out are all linked to her past. And that's where the gore comes in.

The opening scene is a really messy one with her entire family being slaughtered in gory ways, but my favorite scene is in the middle of the movie. That scene really comes as a savior right before we're getting tired of the story. Body parts are flying everywhere, heads are ripped apart, blood is filling the rooms. There are three scenes like this, so yes, the gore fans will like this movie. I think it's probably one of Ittenbach's best in terms of the gore scenes, but as for an overall movie I thought "House of Blood" was better.

The actors are really bad and even though the lines are intended to be serious you can't help but smile once in a while. They're overdramatic lines being delivered by non-charismatic actors and the script is just clichéed to max. There are a lot of factors making this a bad movie, but I suppose it doesn't matter when you have the gore, does it?

It's not his best, but it's worth a watch for all the gore. I never expect a good story from this guy so there's no reason to be upset because it's bad. If you want large amounts of gore, body parts and gruesome ghosts, then there's no reason to skip "Garden of Love". The new release by Njutafilms is highly recommended as it comes with good extra material and is a fairly cheap release.

Positive things:
- Gore!
- Gore!
- Gore!
Negative things:
- The actors and the story.

Gore: 4/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 3.5/5
Comedy: 1/5

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