WARNING: THIS SYNOPSIS CONTAINS SPOILER
Cast: Eliza Borecka, Katarzyna Zelnik, Magda Szymborska, Andrej Jass.
Director: Roman Nowicki
Language: Polish (with English subtitles)
The main theme (a hard driven descending riff reminiscent of Goblin meets Nine Inch Nails) pounds out the beat against blood splattered graphics as the credits overlay a tantalising tease of what is to come. I havent heard an opening theme as good as this since Tenebrea first played across my TV set (Tip: the sound is pretty awesome so make sure you wack it through you stereo).
The story opens with a naked blond girl found beaten to death in the woods. The two detectives on the case wonder if it could have anything to do with the girl who was split in half a year ago, time for a gratuitous flash back to jog our memories. Blimey two deaths in the first two minutes, not bad going.
The scene changes to a railway station in a small mid European town. Commuters come and go under the critical gaze of Marek and Piotre, two chauvinistic cleaners, though their brand of chauvinism borders on misogyny. Ursula, a beautiful professional woman arrives and falls foul of their evil pranks. Darkness falls and out in the woods things go from bad to worse as Ursula becomes totally lost. Not only does she lose herself but she loses her clothes as well, guess its one of those days. But unfortunately for Ursula she still has one more thing to lose as she walks into the hands of the Fantom Kiler.
Ursulas death is just one of many deaths in this film and its one of the most brutally protracted Ive seen in a long time. After being endlessly slashed acrossed the breasts and stomach, the Kiler moves in for the kil as he viciously rapes her with his knife. I would probably be right in saying that never in the history of cinema has there been such a gratuitously protracted death.
Another day, another body. Its hard to tell who is the more misogynistic in this movie, the Kiler, the janitors or the grimy detectives with their flippant remarks I wonder what she did to deserve such a fate? and commenting on a woman who was previously drilled to death She left this world with more holes in her than when she arrived. It seems that in this European town all the women are stunning intellectuals and all the men bigoted chauvinistic creeps. Maybe there is a message behind this madness, but to most Im sure it will be totally lost in the wanton display of gratuitously naked brutality which carries on unabated as in a dream sequence a bespectacled brunette has her nighty ripped off by the Kiler outside some cemetery gates. He slaps her to the ground, as she frantically searches for her glasses then comes up behind her and garrotes her. The entire scene is cleverly shot through the eyeball making us become the uncomfortable voyeur as we watch the girls dying grunts in an eerie uneasy silence. Fantom Kiler segues from scene to scene quite poetically but the next transition must take first prize. We hear a telephone ringing and through the pupil (as if in some tacky piece of Dali-esque mis en scene) a phone comes spinning from the centre of the pupil and lands on the desk of the snoring Marek. Is he the owner of the dream, is he the kiler?
Carla arrives on the scene wearing a pair of cut offs that would make any mans eyes water (Hmmm not quite sure if that makes sense, anyway they are tight). It turns out that shes the temp cleaner and goes to work, unintentionally displaying breasts and pussy as she cleans up the station - for once Marek is impressed. Carla is a fit girl - Miss Butt Beautiful in fact, in a bizarre scene she explains (without the aid of clothes) how she keeps her derriere so pert. This is rounded off with an even more bizarre bet along the lines of King Arthur and Excalibur where Marek has to pull a wooden spoon from Carlas asshole. The ensuing struggle is outrageously hilarious.
Time for buxom blonde Anna to walk upon the scene in a revealing outfit guaranteed to boil the blood of any hot blooded male. Like Ursula she falls foul of the duo and is cursed to eternal damnation by Marek who appears the more evil of the two. Out in the woods the Fantom Kiler is calling the shots and so Anna finds herself bereft of clothing, there is a sense of deja vu but whos complaining. The deja vu feeling soon disappears when The Kiler aims a cold steel chisel at the entrance of her unsuspecting anus and pulls back the hammer - cinema first? I think so?
More killings ensue until the film leads to an original climax as Carlas lesbian lover appears on the scene. Marek, having fallen for Carla is incensed and goes totally off the edge. The incredible finally almost blows away all that has gone before as the Fantom Kiler, this time using a floor map, tries a reverse Excalibur on Carla - am I being cryptic enough? 90mins.