The wikipedia entry on Exploitation cinema is a bit hit and miss. Some films are nicely representative of their exploitation…
...He's coming for you
A group of tourists become stranded on an uninhabited island where they are stalked by an insane, violent, and grotesque killer that slaughtered the town's former residents.
There was a point in my life where Anthropophagus was a 5-star movie, but don't be fooled, whether my taste in film has improved or not is definitely still up for debate.
When Richard and I first met, we had a 10-minute conversation about George Eastman, unknowingly we were talking about 2 different people until it finally clicked. I was telling him about the George Eastman house in Rochester, New York (where I lived at the time) and he was under the impression I was talking about the Italian actor (Luigi Montefiori) who used the same name, becoming increasingly excited/confused that that specific George Eastman had a movie theater in Rochester. Finally, I realized he didn't know I was talking…
Truly one of the most boring films I've ever seen in my life. An hour of tourists talking to each other about pretty much nothing with bad dubbing, bad acting, and such a distinct lack of chemistry. I thought the fun and gore would never come. I thought the heat death of the universe was going to arrive before this movie went anywhere interesting.
Alas, when the gore comes, it's pretty tame and not very fun. The killer's motivation is just sad and almost typically 1970s in its bleakness.
The big scene that everybody talks about was pretty fun. I laughed out loud. Too bad the scene cuts a little too early for the maximum effectiveness.
Don't watch this movie. It's not worth the 87 minutes. Not even for that one scene. Just go on YouTube and try and find the clip.
Film #25 of my Band-tastic Halloween Season
I've read pretty much everywhere about how slow this movie is but that if you're going in for that one scene it's worth the wait.
Well...Joe D'Amato certainly makes you wait for some gore in this one. There's a pretty cool death early on then no gore for another hour or so. That middle bit is what seems to annoy a lot of people.
I liked the whole movie. That one special scene was pretty awesome too but I was hooked the entire time.
A bunch of Italians end up on this beautiful island and horrible things start to happen. There's some sort of killer on the loose and, according to the blind…
Some bland people go to an island and there's a cannibal on the island and... well, that's about it, really.
What it lacks in story it makes up for in atmosphere and ugliness. If you know anything about this movie going in, you know what scene you're waiting for and it's as unpleasant as advertised. I mean that as a compliment.
i liked this weird, nasty little movie but holy shit does it move SLOWLY. starting to watch it at 12:02 AM was not a good idea, but i toughed my through every slower then slow never ending scene of idiots talking about nothing. as soon as that mutant dude seen in the poster over there starts showing up things begin to wake up in this Joe D'Amato video nasty but make it does it take it's sweet time getting there.
Part of Hell On Earth: Horror Around The World, a 30 Days 30 Countries challenge.
15th stop: Italy
Perhaps it's because I've seen some really messed up things during this 30 Days 30 Countries challenge, but after Anthropophagus I am no longer getting excited about watching one of the Video Nasties, that list of 72 titles deemed in violation of the Obscene Publication Act of 1959 in the United Kingdom. If you are watching this film, chances are you know the scene you are looking for, and when it finally comes, after seventy minutes of the most tedious, wooden and suspense-less filmmaking by director Joe D'Amato, it only lasts a few seconds, and it's incredibly stupid. The film is about…
2 gute Ideen, 2 Schockeffekte, eine halbe Stunde lang unheimliche Stimmung werden torpediert durch eine Nullerhandlung, Billigkamera, Schnitte wie beim Schweinemetzger und z.T. hanebüchene Spezialeffekte. Außerdem hängt dem Film auf Ewigkeiten seine Schlussszene wie Pickel am Arsch. Hätte mit mehr Professionalität richtig was draus werden können.
One of the best horror films of all time. A great 'monster' tormenting guests of an island. Has one of the best kill scenes of all time. Highly recommended.
Anthropophagus- also titled The Grim Reaper- is like putting together a puzzle that's missing a few pieces. (A very simple puzzle, but a puzzle nonetheless.)
It's not often that one complains that a movie is too short but in this case, it absolutely is. The biggest flaw in this movie is how the story unfolds or in this particular case- doesn't. With an extra 15 minutes they could have expanded upon the lore and truly built up a titular character to fear and built up a group of characters to connect to. Outside of that the movie has some very impressive gore sequences for its time and the locales bring out a very Lovecraftian feel. Overall, though it does have some storytelling shortcomings it makes up for it with a fast jaunt through grindhouse fare.
I give this film 3 1/2 Lovecraftian Islands out of 5!
Kinda slow decent cannibal slasher mystery film. Some tourists come to an island, that for some reason seems to be deserted. Broad who read tarot cards is sure theres evil in the island and they should leave. Then they look around nand tries to figure shit out, strange things happens and then killings. I was in for total gore fest, but this isn't one. Infamous fetus eating scene was a bit disappointment, looked messy and as gruesome as I hoped and the ending was cool, but the middle Scooby Doo shit wasn't that interesting to me, it was watchable tho.
Half of Anthropophagus is sleep enduringly boring, as in I fell asleep half way through, but when I awoke from my slumper found myself in the middle of a film so full of shlock that I could not control my laughter. My advice if you wanna give it a go, watch the first seen, speed through about the first half an hour then sit back and enjoy.
Anthropophagus(1980) 91 Min. Rated R
Starring Tisa Farrow, Saverio Vallone, Serena Grandi, Margaret Mazzantini, Mark Bodin, Bob Larson, Rubina Rey, Zora Kerova, and George Eastman. Directed by Joe D’Amato.
“It's not fear that tears you apart...it's him!”
The Gory Details
Tourists become stranded on an island and are stalked by a gruesome killer that slaughtered the island’s former inhabitants.
The film does have some genuinely eerie atmosphere, and a creepy location on a deserted mansion on an isolated island in Greece. It also features a surprisingly memorable and heart wrenching backstory for the film’s resident crazy cannibal, as well as some solid direction by Joe D’Amato which is probably the most shocking pro of all. George…
I never want to see a skinned rabbit ever again.
Aka Mick Fleetwood gets sunburnt and goes mad in Greece..
Possibly the most notorious of all the video nasties "Antropophagus" is renowned for its grisly over-the-top splatter and a number of notoriously bloody sequences. Without a doubt it contains some gruesome, gore-drenched scenes, but less recognised is that film, taken as a whole, is an atmospheric, decently-constructed traditional horror story. The story by the film's director Joe D'Amato (Aristide Massaccesi) and star George Eastman (Luigi Montefiori) is a typical tourists in peril yarn, with a group of friends, including Andy (Saverio Vallone), the pregnant Maggie (Serena Grandi), Daniel (Mark Bodin), Arnold (Bob Larson) and Carol (Zora Kerova) travelling around the Greek islands. They meet up with Julie (Tisa Farrow) who is looking to visit a couple of friends on a…