Funny you should mention that, amongst the interviews on the DVD of Rottweiler
the cinematographer mentions how he is aspiring to Faust
Well, I didn't get to see Ultraviolet
tonight so will just comment on Rottweiler
. Now while I kinda agree in principle with the above opinion of Faust
I found it ultimately hilarious, which with the bountiful gore makes it one of those Saturday night guilty pleasures for me to laugh myself stupid at. If only Rottweiler
had any of those qualities...
OK, well, there's the plot. An implausibly-jawed convict called Dante escapes and is chased by a rottweiler with metal teeth and glowing blue eyes. Oh, he's looking for his girlfriend who he got separated from, which is told through flashback. Oh, and he appears to have random hallucinations of dead people too. Oh, and he gets naked for an uncomfortable amount of time.
Seriously, watching the film you get the impression of someone telling a long joke badly - the "oh, I forgot to say earlier..." element is constant and irritating. The acting is as bad as can be expected, although sometimes worse. And you know the really really
annoyingly stupid character, the one who only seems to get other people killed (so the audience will cheer when he/she gets a really nasty death)? Well, unfortunately that's our hero in this film... oh look! Someone hurt the dog by shooting through a door! I'll take the gun and shove it right through that hole at dog-mouth height...
At times you get the potential of great comedy - an entire set piece where Dante cannot defend himself properly or move because the belt of his trousers is stuck on a wall hook (I shit you not) - but the film takes itself so seriously you wind up nearer tears...
None of the titular Rottweiler's victims seem that scared, though it's not too surprising when the times they use an actual dog it's quite clearly actually a fairly cute looking and friendly dog with bad fake teeth and make-up effects painted on. Half the reason for the glowing blue eyes seems to be that without them it's clear to see that Zeus (the dog actor) is, like most Rottweilers (in spite of the stereotype, which is down to training) a big softie. In fact, there are three things true of all Rottweilers, only one of which is in any way acknowledged in the film: that they are extremely loyal, impressively intelligent and insanely soppy! Anyway, when the real dog isn't used (for attacks mainly, the behind the scenes footage shows Zeus was more interested in licking and drooling over the actors and eating the fake blood) the radio-controlled dog doesn't really bear much resemblance and the puppet is more like Triumph the Wonder Dog... and the less said about the Rottinator CGI (which ironically manages to contradict the scenes describing the reason for any metal dog elements) the better!
But at least the gore is good, right? Er, it looks like summer fruits pudding for the most part, which is probably why Zeus was so interested in eating it... the fake blood is OK and there's plenty splashed about, but a horror film of this kind with no idea even of decomposition?
Too mean-spirited to be as funny as this all probably sounds, this really is the worst Fantastic Factory release I have seen and totally lacking in any B, C or Z movie charm. Such a shame...
"There is no Good, there is no Evil... There is only flesh..."