This is the second in a series of features looking at the films screening at Fantastic Cinema.


  • fRIDAY, mARCH 13 - 8:45 PM


Unlike any other horror film you’ll see this year, DER SAMURAI, directed by Till Kleinert, is a German mind-bender about shape-shifting cross-dressers, bloody decapitations, repressed sexual desires and small town life. Set in a small German village, a bloody game of cat-and-mouse ensues between a young, straight-shooting police officer and a cross-dressing villain with a large sword and a predilection for beheadings.

"It plays like a cross between Twin Peaks and Kill Bill with a queer sensibility" ~ Twitch

Kaleidoscope Film Festival - The Little Rock LGBT Film Festival, presents this screening of one of the most bizarre fantasy horror films we had the pleasure of watching while deciding on the Official Selections of Fantastic Cinema.. In less than 30 mins, I knew this was a film we had to screen.


Born in Berlin in Germany in 1980, Till Kleinert grew up drawing comics and directing video and claymation films with friends. In 2004 he started studying direction at the German Film and Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin where he wrote and directed a number of short films which enjoyed success at national and international festivals and won several awards. Since 2005 he’s belonged to the Schattenkante filmmakers’ collective. DER SAMURAI is his graduation film.


  • Berlin International Film Festival
  • Tribeca Film Festival, Midnight Section
  • Imagine Film Fest Amsterdam - Winner Méliès d'Argent for Best European Fantastic Film
  • Festival Mauvais Genre Tours - Winner Best Feature Jury Award / Best Feature Youth Jury Award
  • Fantaspoa Fantastic Film Fest Porto Alegre - Winner Best Film
  • The Optical Theatre Festival Rome - Winner Best Film Audience Award / Best Film Critics Award
  • TLV Tel Aviv LGBT Film Fest - Closing Night Film
  • Feratum Film Fest Tlalpujahua- Opening Film
  • CPH:Pix Copenhagen International Film Fest
  • /slasheinhalb Vienna
  • NIFFF Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Fest
  • PiFan Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival
  • Film Four Frightfest London
  • MOTELx Lisboa
  • Festival Européen du Film Fantastique du Strasbourg
  • Lund International Fantastic Film Fest
  • Rio International Film Festival
  • Sitges Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya
  • Festival Nouveau Cinema Montreal
  • & more


"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." - Fangoria Magazine review

"Bound to divide audiences, The Samurai is a bold piece of film making from Germany and one that should be embraced by those looking for something more to their bloody action." - Nerdly review

"It’s a genre mixer that maintains a pliable tone throughout, allowing for all of its various elements to work together: from B-movie schlock to refined psychological horror. I think a lot of different interpretations are going to be reached about the film, which is one of the reasons it’s so damn exciting" Bloody Disgusting review

"What seems like easy cinematic fare has much more going on than it seems at first glance. Go in with open eyes, ears, and mind; and you should find much to love." Dread Central review

Don’t miss Der Samurai at Fantastic Cinema, March 11-14, 2015!

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