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Schramm is a 1993 German horror film directed by Jörg Buttgereit. It tells the story of a man who has been known in the media as the 'Lipstick Killer'. It is loosely based on the criminology profiles of Carl Panzram and similar serial killers.


Lothar Schramm is a polite, neighborly cab driver who makes an honest living and invites callers, such as a couple who come to his door seeking to tell him about Jesus, in for cognac. Later on, he might slit their throats and assemble their bodies in suggestive poses. He lives next door to a young, beautiful prostitute named Marianne, with whom he is smitten. Schramm is lonely. His sex life is seriously deranged and his social life is nonexistent. He makes love to inflatable plastic dolls, has hallucinations about vaginas with teeth, nails his foreskin to tables and dreams of a visit to the dentist who extracts one of his eyeballs. He has constant flashbacks and paranoid delusions of his leg getting amputated. He whitewashes bloodstains from his murders off the walls of his flat.

When Marianne is invited by some affluent gentlemen clients to a villa outside of town, she asks Schramm to chauffeur her so she'll be safe. He accepts and afterwards he invites her to a friendly dinner, ignoring his desire for her. He takes her back to his flat, where he drugs, strips and photographs her. He masturbates spitefully over her naked body. The next day Marianne rings at his door for a lift, but Schramm does not answer. He has fallen from a ladder while painting over the blood on his walls. His head has cracked on the floor.

The next thing we see is Marianne in the villa outside of town, attired like a Hitler Youth, bound and gagged on a chair, helpless victim to her eccentric clients.

Papers declare the 'Lonesome Death of Lipstick Killer.'