Title: Hunting Creatures

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Year: 2004

Genre: Horror / Zombie / Gore

Language: German

Runtime: 73 min

Director: Oliver Kellisch, Andreas Pape

Writer: Oliver Kellisch, Andreas Pape

IMDb: www.imdb.com/title/tt0482118/

During a party at an abandoned building, an unknown chemical leaks out of one of the containers, turning the party-goers into flesh-tearing-gut-munching zombies. It's up to a group of survivors and a single scientist to kill all members of the undead army, and to stop the chemical from infecting anybody else.

Our thoughts:
The people from Unearthed Films bring us the American DVD release of the ultra low-budget splatter movie from Germany, "Hunting Creatures". Which just so happens to be released under their "German Splatter Collection" banner, not just because of the release of "Das Komabrutale Duell" as well as two other German splat-fests coming out soon. Rather, when it comes to making splatter horror no country has produced more than Germany.

"Hunting Creatures" is the first feature length movie for director Oliver Kellisch, and the second for co-director Andreas Papa. (That makes three splatter-horror directors from Germany, with the first name Andreas. Coincidence? Most likely.) Which tells the tale of a chemical that is leaked from a boiler during a party, turning the party goers into an army of the undead. Well...Maybe. While it's not really relevant to the story, or even matters in retrospect, but calling this army of flesh eaters "zombies" doesn't seem quite right. Yes, I know this is argument that comes forth with any movie that doesn't feature the typical zombie. With "Hunting Creatures" though I'm not sure what they would qualify as, sure they look dead and they're all messed up but they don't act like zombies. The best way I could come up with for describing them, is being a cross between zombies and the ghouls from Lamberto Bava's "Demons" movies. Their skin may be decaying, but they grow fangs and can be killed by other means than a gun shot to the brain or removing the head. This is simply nit picking, and regardless of what to actually call them, these creatures still look cool.

Back to the story, yes, it seems a bit convenient that a party happens to get thrown in an abandoned building that just so happens to be where a dangerous experimental chemical was being stored. There is a bit of an explanation given later on in the movie, but it doesn't really seem to help make the plot-point any more...believable. And I use that term loosely. The rest of the movie's storyline is composed of the surviving party members, and one of the scientist, who happens to be responsible for creating the chemical. Becoming hunters of the "undead" and spend their days tracking down all those that have been transformed by the chemicals or have been bitten by the infected...Well, maybe. It's never really explained as to how so many people become these creatures other than a single establishing shot of the chemical making its way into a stream and into the water system. Is that how the rest become infected? Beats me. Obviously it had a helping hand in the situation, but like most of the story, there really isn't much explained. Why? Well because this is a mother-fucking splatter movie that's why. Story? Coherent plot? Who needs those things when you've got a couple of guys going around shooting and slicing-up ghoulish-creatures? To give credit to the guys who wrote and directed the movie, they do their best to give the movie a storyline but really it's not very good and in the end, doesn't really matter. Especially if you're familiar with these type of movies.

The important part of the movie is the gore. It does take awhile to get going, sure there are some squibs and a bit of flesh-munching in the beginning to help keep our attention, but it is until the later half is where this become more familiar with being an over-the-top splatter-fest. It is low-budget so yes, these aren't going to be the best SPFX you'll see, but they are done well enough that it works. Head explosions, severed limbs, blood-spraying bullet holes, the ripping of intestines...It's all here and it literally soaks the screen from middle to end.

This isn't the best German splatter movie I've seen as it has a really erratic pace, with no real transitions between scenes and often jumps around with no explanation as to why or how the characters got to where they are. Why does the character Ollie go from killing a person he knows in their own home, to collapsing on his knees at some unknown beach? Your guess is as good as mine. Even though it makes little sense, it is still a mildly entertaining movie that people who are simply looking for gore will probably be very pleased with, as long as you are willing to accept the movie for what it is.

Positive things:
- Nice use of a sword to dispense "zombies" with.
- When the gore is there, it's fun.
- For a shot-on-video production, they tried to give it some decent cinematography. It doesn't always work, but the effort is definitely appreciated.
- The nod to other German splatter movies like "Violent Shit", "K7B The Mutation", "Premutos".
Negative things:
- Takes awhile for the gore to get going.
- Doesn't really have a flow or a pace to it and gets often erratic at times.
- Not much in the way of story or explination.
- Some really bad music supplies the soundtrack.
- The scene of the men crying over their fallen friend.

Gore: 3/5
Nudity: 0.5/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 2/5

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