THE KILLER CONDOM
(Kondom des Grauens)
One went into The Killer Condom expecting a moronically stupid film akin to, well, most of the abovementioned Troma product one that makes a play on an outrageous title and concept and piles on grotesque bad taste humour. The enormous surprise about The Killer Condom is that it is a well made film. Rather than being in moronically stupid bad taste and/or a cornball genre parody, it is a witty comedy. There are some hysterically funny sequences like the parody of the Psycho (1960) shower sequence that turns into a scene with hero Udo Samel standing with a gas pipe hanging between his legs attempting to get the condom to leap onto it at the same time as drag queen Leonard Lansink is having an attack of hysterics because he doesnt love her. There are a number of enormously funny gags throughout Peter Lohmeyers experience with a yellow handkerchief in his pocket while undercover in a gay bar; an absurdly amusing parody of Jaws (1975) with a condom floating through a bathtub on the back of a rubber duck; the wonderful little Sermon on the Mount speech about universal understanding that Udo Samel gets to give at the ending (amid wondering where the light surrounding him is coming from). The effects sequences with the mobile condoms from no less than NEKRomantik (1987) director Jorg Buttgereit are well done. The film contains some surprisingly good performances, notably from Udo Samel whose part as the detective hero hits a perfect stride between cliche worldweariness and understated comic nonchalance, and Leonard Lansink as the cop turned drag queen.
The Killer Condom should also be commended for going out on a limb and having a gay hero indeed, most of the characters are gay and the film is predominantly set in gay subculture such that The Killer Condom played more in gay film festivals than horror festivals when it came out. (The film is based on a comic-book by cult German gay comic-book creator Ralf König). The film has actually gone on location in New York for many of the street scenes, although the sight of would-be New Yorkers speaking German proves somewhat incongruous.
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