“Fassbinder's early 1970s films perfected a sleazy look somewhere between rotogravure and smudged comic book; this film continues the tradition."
Before collaborating with Suzanna Love on low budget, arthouse horror films like THE BOOGEY MAN, Ulli Lommel made his directorial debut with TENDERNESS OF THE WOLVES—a chilling "true crime" portrait that was produced by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Fritz Haarmann (aka "the Vampire of Hanover") was a German serial killer who murdered two dozen people during the so-called “years of crisis” between World War I and II. His case would partly inspire Fritz Lang’s M and its central character portrayed by Peter Lorre, as well as this forgotten gem from Lommel. This isn’t an easy film to watch, but it certainly gets under your skin. In addition to producing, Fassbinder himself also supplies a shifty cameo.