19th Dec2018

Movies You May Have Missed: ‘Break’

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to the latest installment in our regular Movies You May Have Missed series here on Nerdly, in which I highlight some of, what I think, are the best movies that have flown under the radar of many or have been “forgotten” in the intervening years since its release. This edition focuses on Break, a German-made slasher movie made in 2009, released in the UK in 2012, and buried ever since!

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Stars: Marina Anna Eich, Lili Schackart, Ralph Willmann, Thelma Buabeng, Esther Maaß, Sebastian Badenberg, Patrick Jahns, Meelah Adams | Written and Directed by Matthias Olof Eich

Official Synopsis:

Four young girlfriends head out to the Canadian woods for some downtime. But downtime turns to terror time when they discover a pile of intestines and a pair of severed feet dangling from a tree. The friends begin to realise humans are the preferred prey and that they are being hunted. Armed with bows and arrows, two brutal rednecks are on the rampage and the girls’ face a blood-soaked battle if they are to survive.

My Thoughts:

Directed by Matthias Olof Eich, this brutal game of sadistic cat-and-mouse between the sexes was, on its release, described as a return to the slasher movie extremes and I can see why. With a complete disdain for its female cast, Break is a real throwback to a time when slasher movies were all about women getting naked and getting sliced and diced… A real misogynistic flick. Or so I thought. It turns out Break‘s biggest inspiration is Just Before Dawn and the butt-kicking heroine of that fine 80s flick. Oh, and I’m sure I saw a nod to Paul Morrissey’s Flesh for Frankenstein in there too!

A European film shot to look like an American one, Break follows all the familiar stereotypes and tropes of the genre, offering nothing new in terms of story and character development. What it does bring to the table is a German sensibility to gore and violence, leaving nothing to the imagination – with buckets of blood and  gallons of grue Break is sure to please the gore fans out there, myself included.

Let down only by some amateurish acting, a killer who thinks he’s Travis Bickle and a ridiculous decision to have the films final girl drag around her dying lesbian lover instead of making a break (pardon the pun) for freedom, Break is a refreshing throwback to a more straightforward time in horror.

Where to Find It:

Surprisingly, the Trinity X DVD release of Break is still available on Amazon – and that’s despite Trinity X folding! Grab a copy here, or better still hunt the local bargain bins!

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