The Secret Killer

1965 [FRENCH]

Biography / Crime / Thriller

IMDb Rating 6.7 10 382

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by swedzin 6 / 10

Not accurate, but Hossein's style of directing is good.

The movie is loosely based upon life of Peter Kurten, the psychotic serial killer from Dusseldorf, Germany. Apparently looks and says like it, but this movie is not closely accurate. The true story of serial murderer Peter Kurten is far darker, sinister, disturbing and scary than this film. And I understand that Robert Hossein maybe did not want to make a film with such elements. And kind of, I feel sorry for it, because I expect a story to follow real events. If you are making a movie based on true story, then make sure to put more facts than fiction. And of course, put some usual, fictitious movie drama while at it. However, the movie is not all that bad and I think that Hossein excelled as both director and actor. As a director, he gave us a great screen shoots (for example), good lightning and great night atmosphere. As actor he was even better. His Kurten was, well, yes, far more different than the real one. Hossein's Kurten had this uncomfortable stare, socially awkward looks, and unusual walking, with his head focused on victim. He is somewhat reminiscent of Bela Lugosi (in that good old vampire sense). Also, he fell in love with a singer at the night café, named Anna, played by Marie France – Pisier. Marie was good in her role, as beautiful, voluptuous, yet innocent-looking, but brash and young. The element of these two falling in love was quite fitting, as Kurten sees her not as a potential victim, but rather as someone who could, perhaps calm the evil within him. The movie offers quite, reasonable amount of tension, interesting music score, though I expected to be more musical scores for each scene. Camera work, editing, make up, costumes and other actors are good. The thing that makes this movie slow and uninteresting is that we have a subplot about Nazi Germans rise to power and the big depression. Yes, I understand that those things happened back then. However, I think it would be better to keep it low. At the beginning of the movie, we have exposition about everything that happened about Nazis, depression and Kurten, so Hossein basically, tells us about the stuff that happens in the film, before we even see it. I think that big depression and Nazi Germany fits well in that exposition, while he leaves Kurten and his crimes to the rest of the film. So, I do recommend this film, it's pretty good. Kudos to Robert Hossein.

Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 8 / 10

The Notorious Serial-Killer of Dusseldorf

In the late 20´s, Germany has high inflation rates and unemployment and the rise of the Nazi Party. In this scenario, in Dusseldorf, the worker Peter Kuerten (Robert Hossein), also known as The Vampire of Dusseldorf, commits nine murders.

The weirdo Peter Kuerten is obsessed in the cabaret singer Anna (Marie-France Pisier) and they have a love affair. Meanwhile he kills young women on the desert streets of Dusseldorf. One day, a man escorts Anna to her home and is followed by Peter. When he leaves her, the jealous Peter Kuerten kills him on the street. The Chief of Police Momberg (Roger Dutoit) is pressed by Berlin to hunt down the serial-killer since the victim was an industrialist.

"Le vampire de Düsseldorf" is a little gem by Robert Hossein with the true story of the notorious serial-killer of Dusseldorf. The screenplay is believable and the cinematography in black-and-white is magnificent. The performances are top-notch and the actresses are very beautiful. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Vampiro de Düsseldorf" ("The Vampire of Düsseldorf")

Reviewed by morrison-dylan-fan 9 / 10

"I wish it could be night all the time."

Whilst reading up about Robert Siodmak's wenn der Teufel kam (which I've not seen yet!),I found out that a fellow IMDber had kindly sent me a DVD of Robert Hossein's take on the real life Dusseldorf serial killer,which led to me getting ready to unmask the "Vampire of Düsseldorf."

The plot-


With Hitler on the rise, labourer Peter Kuerten decides to go to the city of Düsseldorf and pretend to be a member of the "elite." Along with being taken by the performances of nightclub singer Anna,Kuerten notices that a number of women are on their own in the city,which leads to Kuerten deciding to become a serial killer.As Kuerten's killing spree begins,the police find themselves struggling to get any clues to who "The Vampire of Düsseldorf " is,whilst Anna begins to notice a man who attends all her performances.

View on the film:

Opening with "3D" credits,co-writer/(along with Claude Desailly/Georges Tabet/ André & Georges Tabet) lead actor/director Robert Hossein and cinematographer Alain Levent slice the true life events with a peculiar, mischievous edge,where Hossein and Levent break the 4th wall via having characters turn Hossein's dad André wonderful score off/on radio and record players.Keeping the strange vibes brewing,Hossein transforms the Film Noir chills into an operatic Gothic Horror final,as the "monster/vampire" gets the girl,and their world comes burning down.Casting the horrifying burning of books across the screen,Hossein grips the grim Film Noir in an atmosphere reeking of anxiety,where each stalk & slash murder is displayed in unflinching wide-shots.

Avoiding the risk of just making the movie a series of set-piece killings,the writers explore the rotting landscape where Kuerten and Hitler lurk, from the nightclubs being filled with self-centred Femme Fatales and Film Noir loners,to the police desperately trying to make themselves look busy,as Kuerten's reign overwhelms them.Skipping over making her pure and innocent,the writers give Anna a real spiky side that Kuerten finds irresistible.

Performing some chosen "old standards" in alluring outfits,the stunning Marie-France Pisier gives a great performance as Anna,with Pisier grinning a femme fatale smile as Anna stabs Kuerten with abrasive one-liners which reveal that looks can be deceiving. Creeping around the city looking for his next victim, Hossein gives a superb performance as Kuerten,thanks to Hossein tearing up Kuerten's buttoned-up shine to reveal the Film Noir monster desperate for blood,as the Vampire of Düsseldorf steps out of the shadows.

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