David Lynch’s Eraserhead and David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch are close cousins to German filmmaker Nikias Chryssos’ debut feature-film effort, Der Bunker, which will be making its way to both DVD and Blu-ray on Aug. 23 courtesy of Artsploitation Films.
If you want strange, then join “Student” (played by Pit Bukowski — Der Samurai, As We Were Dreaming), who is working on an important research paper and needs a secluded place to stay to complete the task. So it is almost too good to be true when he answers an ad for a quiet, “lake view” apartment.
Instead, he finds a home in the woods and the apartment is without windows in the basement. It is quiet and it is secluded so he takes it anyway.
That should have been the first tip off that living with Mother (Oona von Maydell), Father (David Scheller) and their eight-year old son — who actually has a name — Klaus (Daniel Fripan), would have its “challenges.” Klaus, is not only odd, but he looks to be in his mid-twenties.
Pretty soon Student not only has the task of completing his research paper, but he somehow lets himself be talked into tutoring “little” Klaus … who is not much of a student, but his parents have high hopes.
Oh, and did we mention that Mother has what appears to be an infected, swollen leg, whichcould — and we are being serious here (you gotta think: Lynch; you gotta think: Cronenberg) — be home to an extraterrestrial who goes by the name of Heinrich.
What other mysteries lurk in this “cabin in the woods!!!”
Der Bunker is presented in German with English subtitles.