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Flashback- A Murderous Vacation (Flashback- Moerderische Ferien)

Flashback- A Murderous Vacation

Twelve year old Jeanette has to watch as a murderer in women's clothes kills her parents with a sickle. Even today, Jeanette still can not remember why she survived that night. After ten years in an asylum her psychiatrist wants to integrate her back into normal life. Her job is to teach French to three teenage brothers and sisters during their summer holidays. Already on her way there we can not get rid of the feeling that someone is following the young woman. Leon, 18, Melissa, 17, and Lissy, 16, hate Jeanette for destroying their holiday plans. Soon a dress is missing from Jeanette's suitcase. A sickle has disappeared from the shed. We more and more get the feeling that the lunatic from that time has come back. Tension and horror are increasing to the climax as there are more and more people killed. In the meantime, Jeanette is caught more and more by her past. After Jeanette's flashback, we know, why he returned after ten years. But now the situation is escalating and we find an end that nobody would have expected.

Michael Karen began his career as an actor and radio reporter before making his first short Die Loosers in 1986. He followed this with various jobs on documentaries, a six-month stay in Los Angeles, and directing for television in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He attended the Frank Daniel script workshop and Robert McKee\'s story structure seminar and directed the musical The Little Shop of Horrors in Duesseldorf in 1995. Apart from writing many scripts for film and television, a selection of his directing credits include: Im Namen des Gesetzes (TV, 1994), So ist das Leben - Die Wagenfelds (TV, 1995), Parkhotel Stern (TV, 1996), Die Diebin (TV, 1997), Verfuehrt - eine gefaehrliche Affaere (TV, 1998), Alarm fuer Cobra 11 -Die Autobahnpolizei (TV, 1999), Flashback (1999), SOS - The Bunnyguards on Board (Erkan & Stefan - Der Tod kommt krass, 2005), Arme Millionaer (TV, 2006), Summerhill (2007), Pro7 Funny Movies - Halloween Horror Hostel (2007), and Killerbees (Die Bienen - Toedliche Bedrohung, 2008).
Genre Horror, Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 1999
Director Michael Karen
Screenplay Natalie Scharf
Cinematography Peter Joachim Krause
Behruz Torbati
Siggi Mueller
Cast Alexandra Neldel, Valerie Niehaus, Xaver Hutter
Producers Rikolt von Gagern, Markus Zimmer
Production Companies Clasart Film/Munich, Tele München/Munich
Length 94 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Cinetirol
German Distributor Concorde Filmverleih

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