A new computer virus falls into the hands of Norman, a wheelchair bound mentally handicapped man, after a person covered in blood gives it to him. The group of men who are behind the development of the virus want it back, and will do anything to get it back.
I've been putting off Timo Rose's movies for awhile, simply because I was already judging what type of quality I was going to get with them because of who he associates with. He works regularly with fellow German underground filmmakers, Andreas Bethmann and Olaf Ittenbach, who both make movies that are extremely cheesy. So naturally I figured Rose's movies were going to be the same, which "Rigor Mortis" is in a sense, but it manages to contain the force that seems to be lacking from Bethmann's movies.
The parts of the movie that have the cheese factor, are from the story and the acting, which really wasn't all that shocking. I will give the movie credit, I found it as a nice change of pace that the story revolves around criminals and a computer virus, compared to the usual horror and exploitation setup of either a killer, zombies, rape/revenge, etc. There really isn't much to the story, nor does it really get into the nitty-gritty details of the virus that is being developed, but really it's about the criminals trying to find the only disc that contains the virus. (Which thankfully, there are characters who comment on the stupidity of the plot device of only having one copy of the virus, on a single disc.) Which means trouble for Richie and his wheelchair bound, handicapped brother, Norman who receives the disc from being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
This is where the movie gets to be fairly harsh, well it was already on the path with starting off by showing hacked up bodies, as well as two men being chopped up with an axe. Once the criminals find out who has the disc, they start kidnapping people. First is Richie's girlfriend, who gets knocked unconscious by getting smashed in the face with a hammer. Yeah, normally with crime movies, when the bad guys go to grab people, they punch them or hit them in the back of the head to make them easier to handle. Apparently that was too gentle for Rose, and decided the woman need to take a hammer to the face, in which for the rest of the movie she is a bloody mess. That is only a walk in the park compared what awaits her, when the "doctor" comes in to make her talk. Which includes her face being cut apart with surgical tools, and then ultimately meets a particularly nasty fate. What are criminals suppose to do though, when they aren't getting the answers from the people who took their property? Why abduct more people, more specifically Norman who gets beat with the butt-end of a shotgun. Once again though, having his face smashed up is only the beginning of the nightmare that awaits Norman. It's these acts of violence that really just grabs the viewer by the throat and doesn't let go, people are severely beaten, mutilated, chopped up with an axe, (the axe is used quite often through out the movie) and lets not forget the gun shots to head sending blood and brain matter all over the place.
Now to go over the part that drags the movie down. The violence and the gore is great, and the story is decent enough, but unfortunately what hurts the movie is the acting. The movie really only contains two main characters Norman and Richie, everyone else in the movie is there to either move the story along or to become a corpse at some point. It's just too bad the acting here gets really bad at times, particularly from the man playing as Richie when he is suppose to be torn apart when Norman goes missing. It gets better towards the end, but everything up to that point will have you clenching from being it being so awkward and bad.
Though lets be honest, does anybody really care? Come on, lets see a show of hands of how many people were thinking about watching this based on the acting.
That's what I thought.
Sure the bad acting does drag the movie down at times, but in general anybody who watches this flick really isn't going to care. Especially when there busy watching the relentless on-screen violence and brutality. There isn't anything real shocking about it, or worse than other gore movies, but the effects in here and top notch and the nastiness off the scenes will definitely grab anybodies attention. If you're new to German underground/gore movies this one won't disappoint, for the veterans it probably won't be as impressive but it's a fun watch that is worth checking out.