Director: Gerald Kargl
Year Released: 1983
Immediately after serving a ten year prison sentence, "K." (Erwin Leder) goes out in public and starts looking for new victims, at first staring menacingly at two girls in a restaurant to trying to strangle his (female) taxi driver to invading the home of a family, killing all three of them and then stuffing them into the truck of a car. It's "based" on the murders of Werner Kniesek, but aside from the seemingly non-stop voice over (in which the lead describes how he was tortured as a child, molested at 14, etc.) there isn't much to it aside from watching a man experiencing what can only be described as psychosis while cinematographer Zbigniew Rybczyński gets the green light to wave his cameras around frantically and from every angle. It's a purely visceral experience - Fatih Akin's 2019 film The Golden Glove tried for something similar - so that might be enough for some (you can't tell me Michael Haneke didn't see this), but I couldn't help but wonder what kind of modern parole board would ever set this disturbed man free.