ABELARD–THE CASTRATION

From Germany, a failed attempt at artsploitation that was completed in 1975 but not released until two years later–and then promptly forgotten!

LOFT

Like director Eckhart Schmidt’s earlier film TRANCE, LOFT is steeped in 1980s new wave culture, which can be taken as a good or bad thing depending on one’s point of view

THE SINGING, RINGING TREE

This 1957 East German children’s fantasy, adapted from a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, is said to have freaked out many a youngster over the years

Oak-Mot

The overhauled OAK-MOT is, in Glover’s own words, “a story of epic proportions involving pride and prejudice.” It’s also confounding, perverse and demented as fuck.

The Metamorphosis

You likely know the story of this German novella whether you’ve actually read it or not: the overworked, anxiety-prone Gregor Samsa awakens one morning to find himself transformed into a giant beetle (not a cockroach as is commonly claimed).

Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft

The opening scenes of LOCKE AND KEY are somewhat chaotic and confusing, but the narrative gradually sharpens itself into a streamlined tale of terror with the forward drive of a good novel.

Hashish: The Lost Legend

It’s not quite the timeless masterpiece Siegel makes it out to be, but Fritz Lemmermayer’s HASHISH is certainly a strange and fascinating concoction combining elements from the ARABIAN NIGHTS inspired Oriental fantasies in vogue at the time and the nearly-as-popular drug literature of the era.

The Great Bagarozy

This was apparently “one of the most acclaimed German novels of recent years,” written by “the great hope of German literature.” I’m not sure I agree with either sentiment.

The Fire-Spirits

I say Wagner’s praise is a bit overdone, given that THE FIRE-SPIRITS, in its present form at least, is noticeably flawed.

Alraune

This German silent is the most famous of the many adaptations of Hanns Heinz Ewers’ ALRAUNE, and with good reason. The film’s chilly atmosphere, perverse story line and stunning lead performance by the incomparable Brigitte Helm make for a unique and impacting viewing experience.