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...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.
DEATH WALKS BEHIND YOU
Is it possible for a person to contract a doom so powerful it robs them of their humanity and radiates from their presence and actions so strongly as to infect and desecrate the land they inhabit, making all of life non-viable in its presence, existence rendered a horrifying dream broken only by the fulfillment of the terms of that curse, for the meting of the final doom, the marks of which shall be born by everything touched by it for as long as time itself is?
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…
Very, very, very, very boring until George Eastman eats a fetus and then it goes back to be being very, very, very, very boring again.
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…
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.
I saw this under it's Grim Reaper title thinking it was something else. So I decided to also watch the 90 minute version that's on YouTube and it's much better than the Grim Reaper version that's on Amazon Prime.
This film spends too much time letting the characters babble while slowly getting to the island and the house. With a bunch of the scenes cut down and/or out it was a pretty dull experience. It gets much better once it starts to do its thing with the smelly cannibal killer though. Awesome ending.
Such a waste. Klaus Wortmann / Anthropophagus could have made a delectable kutti pi or even this to-kill-for recipe for fetus rissoles (adapted from Uncyclopedia):
500g diced or minced fetus
250g diced or minced bacon
1 cup mashed potatoes
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1. Mix all ingredients together
2. Shape into rissoles and place in a baking dish with a little oil
3. Place a slice of tomato on each rissole and put extra potatoes, cut small, around the rissoles
4. Bake at 350ºF for about 30 minutes or until potatoes are soft
Has a great deal of atmosphere that goes a long way towards making its preoccupation with pushing the boundaries of taste palatable (pun intended?). I didn't especially find myself loving the gore moments here. They're presented in a way that's less a celebration of "can you believe they let us get away with this?" and more "it's a cruel world and life is meaningless."
There's a fatalism throughout that actually suits the loose narrative of the film, but doesn't jibe with the intense gore scenes. It's hard to me to quite put my finger on why exactly, it's just a gut reaction for me. Not in love with the way D'Amato decided to stage these. Something about the editing perhaps…
Well, not technically. But regardless, even in its bad cut there's enough viscera to enjoy.
The reaper should have added some fresh fruit for vitamins and antioxidants. All that raw flesh was really murder on his pores.
A group of friends travel to a remote island, where they find a ghost town and the only inhabitant is a murderous ghoul that looks kind of like Spaghett from the Tim and Eric Show.
This movie was pretty boring. It drags until the third act, when the "Grim Reaper" starts becoming a little more active instead of hiding in the shadows. Even then, the macabre payoff (and there's one scene in particular that goes for the gusto in this respect) just doesn't make the incredibly dull setup worth it. While this movie has its odd moments of gory glory, there are better cheesy Italian films out there to see.
2 stars, with an extra star for the post-partum appetizer scene...
What did you do during the great Italian Exploitation era, Mr Montefiori ?
- I ate a human foetus. What did you do ?
Joe D'Amato's 1980 horror opus Anthropophagous, has earned itself a certain notoriety that extends far beyond anything contained in the film - there's some splatter for sure, and of course this is the film where George Eastman (screenwriter and star Luigi Montefiore) grabs a bite to eat straight from the womb of a pregnant woman, but at the heart of it, Anthropophagous is a very classical, old fashioned horror film. The plot is slim to the point of looking like one of the skeletons seen in the latter part of the film - a small group…
Alas, I saw the heavily edited "Grim Reaper" version, which is duller than dirt. Make sure you're getting the real deal if you want to see this movie.
The end of humanity will be brought about by our own hands.
Film #22 of Hoop-tober 2016
Item: 6 countries
This was a movie I was randomly given by my brother-in-law but I never gave a damn about watching it. All he told me is that it was brutal. Well, a decade later and I've finally checked it out.
Essentially the first hour is very slow, with some good gory moments, but the real splatter show is the finale (isn't that how it always is?).
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