Title: Premutos

Also known as:
Premutos - Der gefallene Engel (Original title)
Premutos: Lord of the Living Dead (US title)
Premutos: The Fallen Angel (English title)

Year: 1999

Genre: Horror / Splatter / Zombie / Independent

Language: German

Runtime: 106 min

Director: Olaf Ittenbach

Writer: Olaf Ittenbach

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0144555/

Before Lucifer fell, we had Premutos - the first fallen angel. Premutos only had one goal - to rule the world. The son of Premutos has been reincarnated numerous times through the ages, and now a young German man is having dreams of the past times his son appeared in history, as if he was the son himself! When his father is having a birthday party and they're all getting drunk, the young man starts looking through a book that was found in an old case. It turns him to a monster and the dead begins to rise and invades the party.

Our thoughts:
I have a lot to thank "Premutos" for because it's honestly the movie that made me want to start collect DVDs. I stopped collecting VHS tapes at a young age because the DVD medium was taking over and I wasn't interested in starting over. That and around here I only noticed the big Hollywood titles getting released on DVD. But when I found SubDVD.com and went through their titles I found a movie that was suppose to be so gory that it put "Braindead" to shame. I was intrigued! I can't remember if I bought "Premutos" right away, but because of it I knew that I wanted to use all the money I got from working one summer to buy DVDs, because I had been missing plenty while ignoring the medium.

It tells a story that is actually alright because it's kept shallow. We find out about the fallen angel Premutos and then we're thrown into flashbacks from history - the middle ages, WWII, and whatnot. Then we're introduced to this German kid (played by Ittenbach, of course!) and his family. His father is obsessed with weapons and manliness (for lack of better word). Anyway, to skip a bit of the yadda, yadda, details, details, we have the father's birthday party, and the son who transforms into a beast. And the dead rise!

The movie is too long for its own well-being - it should've been maybe 80 minutes instead of 106, I think. The story isn't pointless, but it does drag before we get into the goodie-goodies. The goodie-goodies is, of course, all the god damn gore. Now, I remembered this being more gory than it is. Not that it's not gory, but I can't say it wins over "Braindead". Maybe because of how much of the gore in this one is basicly gunshots. We have a massive body count of 139, but I don't think it feels as gory as it could have. I find that guns are boring especially in a film like this. Exploding heads and squibs are fine but the majority of the killings should've been done by sharp objects. But that's just my opinion, the movie is still gory and bloody as hell. Maybe more than all of his other movies, yet I prefer to watch "Black Past" and "The Burning Moon" for my Ittenbach gore. It's just more fun in those films, and when the gore kicks in it gives an illusion of being gorier than this one.

Because "Premutos" has a fairly long runtime for pretty much being a splatter-film, it tends to get boring before things kick in. It's a vital part of a movie like this to make it as entertaining as possible even before the bloodfest and Ittenbach yet again fails with the story bit. Not bad, just not interesting enough.

"Premutos" should be part of any zombie-splatter-marathon, as much as "Braindead" and Brian Paulin's zombie films should, but it's hard to say this is the goriest. Maybe if you threw it all into buckets and measured, but it really doesn't feel like the goriest. Up there, yes. And with that said it should be understood that all you get from "Premutos" is zombies and gore - and that's all you're watching it for. Because of that, the last 30-or-something minutes are worth waiting for.

Positive things:
- Gore and zombies!
- I dig the odd transformation of Ittenbach's character.
- The father!
Negative things:
- Not a bad story, just not interesting.
- Silly but fails at being funny.
- Too many zombies killed by guns.

Gore: 4.5/5
Nudity: 2/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 3.5/5
Comedy: 0.5/5

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