by: Guido Baechler
ATTENTION: Spoiler Alert
Mad Heidi had its official premiere on September 30th at the Zürich Film Festival in the Kongresssaal Zürich sitting 1200 fans. Sitting in the crowd and watching the fans get excited during the film was an amazing experience.
A Swiss Trash Film? Being called a trash movie is not a negative term. Well-done trash films like Sharknado are box-office hits.
SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT CONTINUE....
MAD HEIDI is an action-adventure exploitation spoof film based on Heidi, the popular children‘s book character, but this is the maddest Heidi ever, in a dystopian Switzerland where Hitler had won the second world war and the nation was under the fascist rule of an evil Swiss tyrant. The film begins with a lovely, steamy sex scene in a Swiss barn. Heidi (British actress and second-degree Taekwondo black belt, Alice Lucy) and Goat-Peter (Welsh-Zimbabwean actor, Kel Matsena, who satirically plays up to the “Woke” agenda). Heidi asks for a second round, just to be turned down by Goat-Peter who must “tend” to his goats. At that moment I was already thinking "tending to his goats????" and realized that this film doesn't fit a standard Hollywood "woke" plot and I would be in for a ride. Heidi's grandfather Alpöhi is played by David Shofield, known for Pirates of the Caribbean and Gladiator. He likes Goat-Peter, but he has a Han Solo-like: “I have a bad feeling about this" attitude, suspecting he is involved in some shady business.
The new, deliciously evil Swiss President Meili (Casper van Dien, known from Starship Troopers, which is alluded to in a joke in the film) leads with a Swiss-Nazi-strong hand. Swiss Cheese, Swiss Chocolates, Schwingen (in this world, Gladiator-level Swiss wrestling), and even the Alphorn are prominent. But the CHEESE from Meili is at the center of this story. The evil President Meili is breeding the perfect, obedient Swiss-monster soldier, using women like the Swiss use livestock for milk production. People are getting water-boarded with Swiss Fondue and then killed with Swiss Toblerone Chocolates. All humans in this nation who are lactose-intolerant are treated with disdain and sent to concentration camps. The Nazi symbolism is all over this film, but instead of a Swastika, it is the Swiss Cross. If you cannot handle below-the-belt, dark satire and trash film humor, this film is not for you.
Kommandant Knorr (Max Rüdlinger, a well-known Swiss actor) is the epiphany of "Nazi"-Evil. The last name "Knorr" refers, of course, to the food empire company "Knorr". He loves to torture prisoners for information and then kill them afterward. Besides loving to kill, he has some weird sexual relationship with the warden of the women’s prison and brings more sexually perverse meaning to the Swiss Cervelat, Switzerland's popular "national" cured sausage.
Disclaimer: Jeridoo Universe Group is not a producer of this film.
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