Can a dixi toilet, of all things, save the ailing German genre cinema? Even if the title initially gives rise to fears of the bad, the black humorous horror film “ Oh, you shit! “ by debut director Lukas Rinker at least a step in the right direction…
The plot of «Oh du shit!»: The architect Frank ( Thomas Niehaus ) is abruptly torn from his Micaela Schäfer dream — and instead finds himself inside an overturned dixi toilet in a construction pit, in which less than one hour a blast for the construction of a hotel resort is to take place. Unfortunately, the prisoner’s arm has also been pierced by an iron bar, which is why he can hardly move. While in the distance the greasy mayor Horst ( Gedeon Burkhard ) is giving a ceremonial speech for the start of construction, the minutes until the blast are melting away for Frank…
We have «Oh shit!» already seen
We were lucky enough to be able to see «Ach du Scheisse!» as part of the Hard:Line festival — and of course we were also at the mix of German horror comedy with escape room feeling, scantily clad Micaela Schäfer and the perhaps clever, but also not particularly appetizing title, quite skeptical at first. But that’s also the best prerequisite for being positively surprised — and that has to do with the fact that «Oh du Scheische!» is convincing on both of its very different levels at the same time.
On the one hand there is the «127 Hours»-in-the-Wiki-Bloody-plot — a survival-thriller-drama that is told surprisingly competently and excitingly despite the omnipresent faecal impact. On the other hand, there is also the absurd (splatter) humor — starting with the strip music, of all things, with the Munich freedom up to the super-sleazy full-ass mayor, who Gedeon Burkhard (» Sauerkrautkoma «) embodies with an impressive trail of slime. Or in short: the crisp 90 minutes is just a lot of fun…
Incidentally, our author Jochen Werner takes a very similar view – after all, he gave 3.5 stars in the official FILMSTARTS review with the following conclusion: “Much better and more ambitious than the title and premise suggest! It’s all still a bit torn between serious thriller chamber drama and garish parody with fecal humor fetish and fun splatter finale. But in the best passages, debut director Lukas Rinker shows that he could be a great talent and a beacon of hope for German genre films. Be sure to watch the film – if the rescue of the local genre cinema begins in an overturned dixiklo, you can say later that you were there!”
The detailed FILMSTARTS review of «Oh you shit!»
According to the current status, «Ach you shit!» should start in German cinemas on September 15, 2022.