Tag line : Save your Skin...

TatooPerhaps more of a detective thriller than a horror film, Tattoo is an extremely dark urban chiller, set in Berlin Germany. August Diehl (from Anatomy 2) plays a young rookie cop named Marc Shrader, who is blackmailed into joining the homicide squad by a senior detective named Minks (Christian Rehdl), who feels he needs some younger blood on his team to help him with his latest case.

The body of a woman from a road traffic accident has been brought in, but they are suspicious about the actual cause of death as she was missing 2 large portions of flesh from her back, which appear to have been surgically removed. A look through police records reveals this is not the first suspicious death where the victim has been missing chunks of flesh from their body, and so the hunt is on for a serial killer.

Their search leads them into the bizarre world of tattoo collectors, who acquire pieces of tattooed skin from the deceased and display them off like works of art. It seems that one such collector has been acquiring their works of art from people who are still alive and not worrying too much about their consent before removing them.

Their investigation seems to come to an end when their chief suspect is killed, but after the discovery of another victim, one which was close to detective Minks, it seems that the real killer is still at large and now playing a deadly cat and mouse game with the 2 detectives.

Similar in style to "Seven" and "Silence of the Lambs", this is a very stylish German chiller and certainly much better than a lot of the sanitised mainstream pictures currently being churned out of Hollywood. The only minor problem is that, being made originally for the German market, the film is in its original German language with English sub-titles, so you really need to pay attention to understand what's going on. But then again if this picture were to be dubbed into English I feel it would loose it's dark moody atmosphere. Definitely one for those who enjoy psychological drama's.

Overall Marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • The skinned tattoos used in the film were actually inked onto goats skin.

  • The original idea for the script was initially about people who like to collect body parts from deceased movie or music stars, but writer/director Robert Shwentke felt this idea wouldn't work.

  • Writer/Director Robert Shwentke, who is actually American, was previously a scriptwriter for numerous German drama shows.

  • The character of Shrader was named after director Paul Shrader.

  • August Diehl had previously played Benny in "Anatomy 2".

  • The film makers ran into a problem during production in acquiring more goatskins as the European BSE crisis was in full swing at the time of shooting, so people were buying goat meat rather then beef. As wholesalers were now making a huge profits selling whole goats, it made it rather difficult to get hold of more skins.

  • The tattoo's sported by the cast were actually painted on.

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