Halloween is a special time. It is the one time of year when everyone gives of themselves. What they give can be anything from candy to a scare. We thought this October, we here at the Sci-Fi Movie Page would give you 31 Days of Horror films. Now, many of you will know these films. Some of you, may not. Get ready for 31 films that will run the gauntlet from scary to campy, from horrific to down right ridiculous. Happy Halloween!
Starring: Michael Fuith, Anna Graczyk
Directed by: Marvin Kren
Original Year of Release: 2011
Running Time: 63 Minutes
Rammbock: Berlin is Dead starts off very simplistically. Michael (Michael Fuith) is returning a set of keys to his ex-girlfriend Gabi (Anna Graczyk). Intercut with the opening credits are photographs of happier times between Gabi and Michael. Michael arrives at Gabi’s flat and immediately encounters two maintenance men. Our story begins with one of the two men becoming a Zombie. With many Zombie flicks there is the character of the “citizen soldier”; an ordinary person who has to be more than he or she ever thought they could be. Jim (Cillian Murphy) from 28 Days Later (2002) and Barbara (Patricia Tallman) from the remake of Night of the Living Dead (1990) are prime examples. We start and end with these characters because it is their journey we are embarking on. Fuith’s Michael is not very appealing on the outside. He is slightly over weight, balding, and frumpy. Your perfect every day man. When the shit does hit the fan, Michael is quick to react, but changes little to adapt to the new circumstances. Thankfully, Harper (Theo Trebs) acts in the way the audience is thinking and keeps Michael alive long enough for the story to take hold. It is these two strangers that have to work together to survive the outbreak.
Director Marvin Kren invokes one of cinema’s classic films, Rear Window (1954), as a tool to allow us into the horror of Rammbock. We are only shown a courtyard and the back windows of several different flats as our look into the horror that is unfolding. Below we, like Michael and Harper, are forced to watch the carnage transpire and remain helpless as people fend for their lives. We also see this as we look into the different windows. We witness how people fight off the zombies, contemplate suicide, and ask their neighbors for help. Kren evokes a great feeling of helplessness and sorrow in the film.
A way out and the plan to survive is always the next logical and final step in a Zombie movie. Rammbock brings you to this moment slowly. It supplies you with enough key ingredients that you don’t feel as if they have been rammed down your throat. This isn’t a gore fest Zombie flick nor does it use Zombies as a metaphor. This is a very dramatic and emotional story that takes the unlikeliest of characters and makes him into a real hero. The ride is a mere 63 minute’s but it is a story that will be with you long after it is over.