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Schramm: Into the Mind of a Serial Killer (1993)

Schramm (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 1993 (Germany)
As serial killer Lothar Schramm lies dying in his own blood, horrific memories of his miserable life of paranoia, self-harm and rejection flash before his eyes. A tragic look into the mind of a Borderline Personality Disorder psychopath.

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Jörg Buttgereit
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Complete credited cast:
Florian Koerner von Gustorf ... Lothar Schramm
Monika M. ... Marianne
Micha Brendel Micha Brendel ... Der Gläubige
Carolina Harnisch Carolina Harnisch ... Die Gläubige
Xaver Schwarzenberger Xaver Schwarzenberger ... Älterer Herr 1
Gerd Horvath Gerd Horvath ... Älterer Herr 2
Michael Brynntrup Michael Brynntrup ... Jesus
Franz Rodenkirchen Franz Rodenkirchen ... Zahnarzt
Anne Presting Anne Presting ... Zahnärztin
Eddi Zacharias Eddi Zacharias ... Liebhaber
Michael Romahn Michael Romahn ... Selbstmörder
Volker Hauptvogel Volker Hauptvogel ... Kellner
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Storyline

Lothar Schramm is a simple man with complex problems, yet he seems like such a nice guy. He works as a taxi driver and lives by himself where he is happy to answer his door to strangers and kill them outright. As with many shy loner types he has a problem dealing with woman so he drugs them and photographs their nude bodies for sexual stimulation. He then murders his helpless victims and so goes the life of a deranged serial killer. Written by Losman <losman@express-news.net>

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...today I am dirty, but tomorrow I'll be just dirt.

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Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | French

Release Date:

1993 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Schramm: Into the Mind of a Serial Killer See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany

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Production Co:

Jelinski & Buttgereit See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

As all serious killers generally suffer from a personality disorder, namely Antisocial Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder, it is the ones who suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder and Schizotypal Personality Disorder that are generally more self-destructive, gruesome or partake in bizarre rituals such as self harm. Because of this, the movie is based on true crime criminology profiles of real life serial killers - mainly those of which who suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder, such as Jeffrey Dahmer, who was apprehended merely a couple of years before the film was made. See more »

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References Rabid (1977) See more »

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Vereint Mit Marianne
Written by 'Max Müller' & 'Gundula Schmitz'
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Could have, should have been much more.
12 September 2006 | by gaeanprayerSee all my reviews

The first thing I would like to point out for all potential viewers is that this is not a gory film as much as it might be mildly disturbing. There are scenes of blood, but this doesn't necessarily constitute 'gore'. This is just my opinion, though.

Schramm is, as most already know, based on a lonely psycho with issues, many of which revolve around women and 'unrequited love' as someone else put it. While I understood the base and idea behind the film, I was left wanting.

Schramm managed to pique my interest but did little more. There is nothing here to flesh out the serial killer; just hints of his self-loathing and dementia. I would have liked some kind of inner monologue at points in the movie, to hear what the killer was thinking during and after his murders. Did he hate his body or did he just enjoy pain? Was he afraid of women or really just somewhat of a necrophiliac? Did he hate was he was doing, though he could not stop, or was he laughing maniacally on the inside? What exactly drives him? Many questions, few answers. Perhaps that was the point though, to leave one thinking and drawing their own conclusions. Maybe not.

In the end, I found this film did not live up to the hype. It wasn't necessarily bad, but it most certainly could have been better.

For those interested in 'gore', find something else. Schramm will not entertain you.


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