Film / Forklift Driver Klaus

Meet Klaus. Klaus recently became a certified forklift driver. Today is Klaus' first day driving a forklift. He has been looking forward to this day for some time. He wants to be the best forklift driver ever.

However, Klaus will find himself in the middle of a horrifying sequence of bloodshed and destruction. Why?

Because Klaus is the central character in a workplace safety video.

Forklift Driver Klaus - The First Day on the Job (German title: Staplerfahrer Klaus Der erste Arbeitstag) is presented as a workplace safety video for forklift drivers, centering on the newbie Klaus (Konstantin Graudus) and narrated by Egon Hoegen, who also narrates Der 7. Sinn, which gives tips for correct behavior in road traffic. However, Klaus parodies the workplace safety video, using over-the-top violence and Gorn to demonstrate the brutal consequences of insufficient workplace safety, which results in the horrifying deaths of nearly everybody at the site. Although the film is not officially part of the German training and education system for forklift trucks, it is frequently shown by instructors to lighten up the mood.

The film is now viewable as an official upload with English subtitles on YouTube.

The film has won many awards, including:

  • The Canal+ International Award for Best Short Film at the Cinema Jove Festival Internacional de Cine València in 2001
  • The Jury Award for Best Short Film and the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the San Sebastian Horror and Fantasy Film Festival in 2001
  • The Audience Award for Short Film and the Special Prize of the European Broadcasters Jury for Best Original Idea at the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film in 2002
  • The Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Award at the Day of the German Short Film awards in 2002
  • The German Film Critics Award for Best Short Film at the German Film Critics Association Awards in 2002
  • The Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the Fantasia Film Festival in 2003 (where it also won 3rd place in the Best Short Film category

This short film contains examples of:

  • Adam Westing: Egon Hoegen as the narrator, using the exact same measured, instructive tones he employed for thirty-five years of Der 7. Sinn, which just makes the film all the more surreal.
  • Ambulance Cut: Done every time there's an injury, until the alarm bell breaks.
  • Chainsaw Good: A chainsaw is used to force the runaway forklift to turn around a corner, (temporarily) sparing one guy's life. but then it get severed from its user and ends up racing across the floor and killing the guy anyway.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Both the Narrator and Klaus miss that some moron has placed an extended boxcutter on one pallet.
  • Deadfoot Leadfoot: Klaus continues to "drive" the forklift after he gets decapitated.
  • First Day from Hell: Klaus's troubles start immediately upon taking up his new job.
  • Forklift Fu: Several people are killed with a forklift. None of these are at all intentional.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: One guy gets bisected twice.
    • He even survives the first one(sliced at the waist), and just kinda gets left there for the rest of the video "sitting" on his stump.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: One of the impaling victims doesn't hear the forklift coming due to this trope.
  • High-Pressure Blood: It spews out of severed arms and Klaus's neck after he is decapitated.
  • Hook Hand: The guy who gets his hands chopped off in the forklift engine reappears with a set of these.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: This happens to two unfortunate co-workers.
  • Retraux: The film was shot in 2001 but uses graphical illustrations and music more reminiscent of the 1980s.