No Reason is a 2010 extreme horror film written, produced, sound design, fx, and directed by Olaf Ittenbach (The Burning Moon, Premutos, Legion of the Dead, Savage Love, and 5 Seasons). It was produced by actor Yazid Benfeghoul (Sky Sharks, Seed 2, Deathcember, Tellow, Legend of Hell, Inbred, Garden of Love, ans Riverplay). After slipping away and getting pulled away from her normal reality with her husband Sebastian (played by: Mathias Engel from Seven Days Sunday, Savage Love, Halbblut, and Leipzig Homicide) and son Nico (played by: Dominik Bühler). Her babysitter is missing and she finds out some dark secrets about her family. Engulfed by anguish, trapped inside an allegory of torment and carnage, Jennifer’s (played by: Irene Holzfurtner from Savage Love, Zoe, and Scheidung auf Rädern) soul seeks the path of awareness and enlightenment!!!!
No Reason is a nasty, brutal, and no holds barred look at a woman’s torment into a gruesome nightmare reality. No Reason is kinda like if Hellraiser was made in Germany, it’s a blood soaked and bizarre vision into dealing with hell. Special fx artist and director Olaf Ittenbach is known for his notorious splatter films all over the world. He has always pushed the limits when it came to horror and extreme cinema. This one is no different, it’s not for squeamish and it doesn’t hold back at all. It also shows full frontal nudity and every other body part in the worst possible ways imagined. A few of the scenes are hard to watch here and that’s a rare thing to do to me because I’ve seen it all when it comes to movies.
Lots of the acting in No Reason are over the top, they go batshit crazy and try to entertain during their madness. That being said, lead actress Irene Holzfurtner actually turns in a great performance as the tormented woman going their own personal hell. The script is kinda all over the place but she definitely makes it better with her presence. This one is more about the action and visuals. Don’t expect much story, plot, and sharp dialogue here but it does keep your full attention on everything else. The special fx and production design are amazing here especially for it’s very low budget. It does feature a few familiar faces which includes Mathias Engel, Timothy Balme (Dead Alive/Braindead), Andreas Pape (Bunker of the Dead), and Annika Strauss (German Angst). No Reason delivers on everything that you would expect from an underground extreme horror flick, RECOMMENDED!!!!
Let’s talk about the high definition presentation from Unearthed Films! This 1080 (1.78:1) fully uncut transfer is a massive upgrade compared to the previous DVD available here from years ago. No Reason is never going to be reference quality due to it’s very low budget but this new transfer blows away everything from the past and I don’t see it ever looking better than this. It has two different audio options which includes German: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and German: LPCM 2.0 tracks on this disc. It has English subtitles. All of the dialogue is very clean, the madness is elevated, and the music has a killer boost to it.
Let’s discuss the special features from Unearthed Films! It has an almost 8 minute “Making of” featurette. It has interviews with director Olaf Ittenbach, actors Timothy Balme, Irene Holzfurtner, and Mathias Engel. It has all kinds of behind the scenes footage here especially for the special fx and gore. They chat about the story and their experience on the feature. It has some real funny moments during the conversations and footage. It’s mainly in German with English subtitles. It has an “Interview with Timothy Balme”. It’s a little over 11 minute chat with the most famous actor in this splatterfest. It has some behind the scenes footage from his appearance in the film. He chats about how he met the director during press run in Germany for Dead Alive when he was just a fan at the time and reconnecting at a horror con many years later. He talks about how he got involved in this project and how it was all about good timing because he was very busy at the time. He brings up what he’s been doing all these years, he mainly writes for television now. He mentions his dream movie would be a sequel to Dead Alive. It has a little over 21 minutes “Photo Gallery” featuring several images from the production. It has a variety of “Trailers” from Unearthed Films. I love the artwork for this home video release. After years of being rare, hard to find, and out of print, No Reason returns to the states in his best version ever released so far thanks to the demented minds at Unearthed Films. It’s available everywhere right now, CHECK IT OUT!!!!