DER SAMURAI (Chicago premiere) hosted by The Chicago Cinema Society at Chicago Filmmakers.


The Chicago Cinema Society, in association with Chicago Filmmakers, is proud to present the Chicago premiere of the utterly unique film festival hit “Der Samurai” at Chicago Filmmakers on Friday, May 15th. Debut feature director Till Kleinert’s film is a surreal mix of dark comedy and eerie creep-out that follows a young policeman named Jakob working the night shift in a sleepy small town. While trying to track a wolf that has been menacing the locals, Jakob’s investigation is interrupted by the appearance of a mysterious man in a ladies’ slip and lipstick, toting a samurai sword and ready to tear the town apart. Completely bizarre and wildly entertaining, “Der Samurai” is a must-see!


Unlike any other horror film you’ll see this year, “Der Samurai” is a German mind-bender about shape-shifting cross-dressers, bloody decapitations, repressed sexual desires and small town life. But while director Till Kleinert’s film is a surreal mix of dark comedy and eerie creep-out that recalls David Lynch. Jakob is a policeman in a village deep in the woods, where little happens until the arrival of a mysterious wolf that is causing havoc. Working the night shift, Jakob is tracking the wolf…only to discover that the lupine lurker is actually a man clad only in lipstick and a ladies’ slip, and toting a samurai sword that he uses to lop off the heads of the townspeople, including Jakob’s tormentors. Jakob and the transvestite samurai seem to share a bond, and as the night gets darker, events get even weirder. Completely bizarre yet wildly entertaining, “Der Samurai” is a horror must-see for the adventurous!


“If you find yourself looking towards the fringes with longing, wondering what is lurking in the shadows that surround safe cinema, safe horror, you know what you have to do. Answer the call.” – Joshua Chaplinsky, Twitch

“…you’ll probably ask yourself: Did I really just see that?” – Drew Taylor, The Playlist

“…horror fans hungry for something refreshing and inspired will not want to sleep on this one.” – Patrick Cooper, Bloody Disgusting

“The opening scenes of DER SAMURAI carry that pleasurable feeling that can be hard to come by on the current horror scene: The sense of not knowing at all where the story’s going, but that the filmmaker knows just what he’s doing.” – Michael Gingold, Fangoria

“…will burn in your brain long after the heads, and the credits, have rolled.” – Jon Condit, Dread Central

ALSO SCREENING: The award winning short THE STOMACH!

Frank’s had enough. A spirit medium whose unique and grotesque method of channeling the dead is putting his own life at risk, he wants out. But others, in this world and the next, have plans of their own. Part body horror, part crime thriller, part ghost story, The Stomach is a unique tale of Supernatural Noir.

Digital Projection, 79mins + 15mins
Location: Chicago Filmmakers
5243 N Clark St. 60640
Date: Friday, May 15th
Time: 8:00pm
Ticket price: $8.00
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