Das Deutsche Kettensägen Massaker (1990)

filmed on 16mm film, released on 35mm film, colour

A German horror film directed by Christoph Schlingensief.

Plot Summary

An East German woman kills her husband and flees to West Germany where she falls in with a family of cannibals.


Director: Christoph Schlingensief
Dem Film in co-production with Horst Risenfeld, Gerd Hecker and Hymen II
Co-Producer: Gerd Hecker
Script: Christoph Schlingensief
Directors of Photography: Voxi Bärenklau, Christoph Schlingensief
Editor: Ariane Traub
Sound: Eckhard W. Kuchenbecker
Special Effects: Thomas Göttemann
Production Designer: Uli Hanisch

Artur Albrecht
Susanne Bredehöft
Alfred Edel
Karina Fallenstein (Clara)
Volker Bertzky [real name: Sergej Gleitmann] (Ossus)
Brigitte Kausch
Udo Kier
Dietrich Kuhlbrodt
Eva-Maria Kurz (Zöllnerin)
Volker Spengler

Alternative Titles

Blackest Heart – USA
The German Chainsaw Massacre – English language advertising title

See also
Terror 2000 – Intensivstation Deutschland (1992)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Extracts included in
Tod eines Weltstars (1994)



  • Starburst no.160 (December 1991) p.43 – illustrated review (by Alan Jones)
  • Variety (11 March 1991) p.65 (USA) – credits, review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.472
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.405
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.128
  • The Pocket Essential Slasher Movies by Mark Whitehead p.79