Hot Picks

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- The New York Ripper 1982

- Beloved Beast 2019

- The Mummy Rebirth 2019

- Fried Barry 2017

- I am the White Tiger 2018

- Exorcism of the Dead 2017

- Method of Murder 2017

- Blind 2019

- Italian Turtles 2019

- The Killing Death 2008

- Dolls 2019

- Double Face 1969

- Terror in the Skies 2019

- Hexing 2017

- Five Minute Rush 2017

- Daisy Derkins vs. the Bloodthirsty Beast of Barren Pines 2019

- Kiss Kiss 2019

- The Chair to Everywhere 2019

- The Surreal Project 2019

- The Affliction Table 2018

- Hallowed Ground 2019

- The Big Clock 1948

- Trash Arts Killers: Volume Two 2019

- Rondo 2018

- Being Without 2018

- Shed 2019

- Clinton Road 2019

- Khrustalyov, My Car! 1998

- A Record of Sweet Murder 2014

- Firstborn 2017

- Das Wundern des jungen Ulysses 2019

- The Incessant Fear of Rape 2018

- The Dragon Unleashed 2018

- Yakuza Law 1969

- Murder Made Easy 2019

- Chasing Shadows 2018

- Jumper 2019

- Bunkheads 2018

- Chase 2019

- Emily's Hands 2018

- Raiders of the Hidden Donald Trump Fetish Doll 2018

- The Grand Duel 1972

- Silencio 2018

- Room for Rent 2019

- Extra Innings 2018

- Keoma 1976

- Blood & Oil 2019

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Forbrydelsens Element

The Element of Crime

Denmark 1984
produced by
Per Holst (executive) for Per Holst Filmproduktion, Det Danske Filminstitut
directed by Lars Von Trier
starring Michael Elphick, Esmond Knight, Me Me Lai, Jerold Wells, Ahmed El Shenawi, Astrid Henning-Jensen, János Herskó, Stig Larsson, Harry Harper, Roman Moskowicz, Lars Von Trier, Frederik Casby, Duke Addabayo, Jon Bang Carlsen, Leif Magnusson, Preben Lerdorff Rye, Camilla Overbye Roos, Maria Behrendt, Morgens Rukov, Gotha Andersen
written by Lars Von Trier, Niels Vorsel, music by Bo Holten, song Der letzte Tourist in Europa by Mogens Dam, Henrik Blichmann

Lars Von Trier's Europa Trilogy

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

Available on DVD !

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility !!!


Flix.com

After years in Egypt, cop Fisher (Michael Elphick) returns to Europe, which has since become little more than a wasteland, to investigate a series of killings known as the Lotta murders (since all the killed young girls were named Lotta). In Europe, Fisher meets his old mentor again, professor Osborne (Esmond Knight), on whose book The Element of Crime he has based his methods of investigating - meaning basically to identify with a criminal to the fullest in order to get on his trail ... but for some reason, professor Osborne doesn't want to have anything to do with his theories anymore, he even despiss them and burns his books and papers. But still, among Osborne's papers, Fisher finds a seemingly innocent roundttrip ticket belonging to one Harry Grey ... and since Osborne has once also worked on the Lotta murder case, Fisher figures he has struck gold and Grey has to be the killer.

So Fisher makes the roundtrip just as Grey did, and eventually one of his stops turns out to be a brothel, where he meets prostitute Kim (Me Me Lai - yes, the one from the cannibal-movies). Fisher even takes Kim, who only wants to get away from her brothel, with him, continuing the trip just like Grey did, and along the way he starts to behave less and less responsible and more and more detestable, just like Grey did (at least Fisher thinks that). Taking the same drugs as Grey of course doesn't help either, and soon he turns violent towards Kim, even trying to kill her, until she confesses she has not only had a relationship with Grey, she even had his baby. 

Suddenly Fisher realizes what he has become, and he empties his gun into the air, gets off the drugs, leaves Kim and wants to leave the Lotta case as well ... when an old man brings him a young girl named Lotta, to protect - since he is the cop in charge of the case.

Fisher accepts, but then his Grey persona kicks in again, and since she is named Lotta and is exactly where Grey would have killed her (he only killed at certain places), Fisher kills the girl in Grey's stead ... and somehow he even gets away with it ...

Later though, Fisher learns from police chief Kramer (Jerold Wells) that Grey has died years ago, and the last few Lotta-murders were not even commited by him but by professor Osborne, who - just like Fisher - has taken the identification with the killer just a tad too far ... and now, Osborne has killed himself ...

 

Let me get one thing straight at the beginning: This is not light entertainment, not just another genre-film. Element of Crime, director Lars Von Trier's first feature film, is a hallucinatory, nightmarish, psychedelic and sometimes even surreal variation on the crime genre. It might be brain-heavy and it's definitely not a party movie, but if you are ready to dive into the weird and otherworldly world of this movie, you might be richly rewarded.

A timeless piece of art, and probably Lars Von Trier's best to date.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find The Element of Crime
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find The Element of Crime here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find The Element of Crime at adultvideouniverse.com


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!

 

 

 

On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
starring
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD