By Ryan Keating-Lambert
New German serial killer film The Golden Glove is an insanely violent portrait of the infamous serial killer, which is totally worth seeing… but don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Directed by Oscar winner Fatih Akin (In the Fade), The Golden Glove is based on the eponymous novel by Heinz Strunk and stars a completely unrecognisable Jonas Dassler as disturbed misogynist and serial killer Fritz Honka, who terrorised the Hamburg district of St. Pauli in the 1970s.
The film originally premiered at Berlinale this year before appearing in Film Europe’s Be2Can festival in Prague and has stirred up great controversy for its bold and brash, and super-gross, approach to the serial killer film.
Rather than conforming to the typical ‘investigative’ narrative that attempts to understand and even glorify some serial killers on film, Akin wanted to do the complete opposite and show nothing but the brutality, extreme violence and chaos that Honka brought to Hamburg at that time.