Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I Don't Like It: Uwe Boll's Auschwitz (NSFW)


Alright, in the world of things I didn't know were happening and think should not happen, we have notorious "director" Uwe Boll's film Auschwitz.   Keep in mind, today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and today Boll apparently decided was a great time to drop this rather graphic trailer (seriously, NSFW if you'd like to continue not to appear deranged in the wandering eyes of your co-workers) for Auschwitz; which, it should be mentioned, has no listing on IMDB. 

Website Ninja Dixon posts a statement supposedly from Boll on his upcoming effort, which reads as follows:
“Its in the tradition of my movies stoic, darfur, rampage, tunnelrats, heart of america…it shows auschwitz as this what it was: a meatplant for humans…a death factory” [via Ninja Dixon]
Right. Ok. So, here's the thing...  Uwe Boll isn't known for subtlety, sentiment, or quality cinema.  He makes bad films.  So much so, in fact, that in cinema circles his name is often synonymous with crap cinema.  BloodRayne, Alone in the Dark, House of the Dead; those are his.  And, well, from the graphic trailer, you'd think Auschwitz were a Saw-type festival of torture porn.  The early glimpses certainly appear to capture horrifying aspects of the Holocaust, but seem to do so with about as much subtlety as a sledgehammer.

I don't want to pre-judge this film too much.  You never know.  My gut instinct, however, says that nothing about this will be done in good taste.  How the hell did he get the money to do this?  Who thought Rosh Hashanah was a good day to leak this treacherous bit of video?  Why is there no IMDB record of this production existing at all?  Is it possible that what we're looking at is not a teaser for Auschwitz at all, but actually a bait and switch prep for Boll's BloodRayne: The Third Reich?  Is this even real, or just some sort of cruel internet hoax?  I'm expecting the worst, and right now, I'm honestly pretty disturbed by the chance that someone could really have looked at the Holocaust and seen an opportunity for exploitative horror.  These kinds of horrors, the real kind, the ones that leave that sort of scar, shouldn't be used like that.  Nazis as villains is one thing....focusing solely on the crimes committed for cheap thrills, that's really another.  What do you think?  Is there any chance this could be worth a damn, or do first impressions really say it all?

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