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Released from captivity in Vietnam, two American Army officers return to civilian life and discover they have acquired an insatiable taste for human flesh. A city is terrorised... as they stalk the inhabitants to satisfy their primitive appetites.
Invasion of the Flesh Hunters, as far as I'm concerned, is better known as Cannibal Apocalypse and this title is the main reason I haven't seen the movie until now.
If I wasn't confusing it with an alternate title to Nightmare City or Cannibal Ferox, I was put off by the "cannibal" and "apocalypse" in it the title, only because I really fucking hate "white people go to the jungle & regret it because of the uncivilized natives" movies.
I was wrong on both accounts and realized I should probably watch Antonio Margheriti's Cannibal Apocalypse once and for all, especially seeing as how it starred a couple Italian horror regulars - John Saxon and Giovanni Lombardo Radice.
This movie is half…
Who else but the Italians to jump right on the (incredibly absurd) idea of cannibalism being a (potentially) worldwide epidemic? This was Antonio Margheriti's attempt at cashing in on the cannibal craze of the 70's going into the 1980's; honestly, it's a little different than I had expected, but mostly in a good way. There's a lot less actual flesh-eating than you'd probably think. It's more story-oriented, perhaps sometimes a little too self-serious for it's own good, and works more as a very odd action picture than a straight-up horror film. In theory, it doesn't really work, although it was able to keep my interest solely for the places it's willing to go. I dig the premise of soldiers returning…
I can't believe I've missed this one until now. I was expecting a kind of "Cannibal Holocaust in the city", which the poster and title kind of prime you for. Instead, it's more like "First Blood/Rolling Thunder" meets "Dawn of the Dead".
Social commentary basically being worthless, the film is incredibly entertaining and, get this - it's an Italian horror film where the dub has a good script and the performances are good. Seriously. That is VERY rare indeed.
Gore is disappointly sparse considering the sub-genre to which it belongs, but otherwise this is a very entertaining outing. Just where the Hell they were going with that "John Saxon and the teenage girl next door" plot thread, I don't know....
Not quite as awesome as its title (every time I've seen this mentioned its been called Cannibal Apocalypse) and premise (rabid cannibalistic Vietnam vets invade the city) might suggest this still has enough wonky Italian charm to make it a fun watch. I mean you have a key character named Charles Bukowski (!), funk music blaring over the Vietnam scenes, and even some jazz saxophone playing over a scene of a guy getting butchered! Throw in a very bad ass looking John Saxon biting his neighbors children and you've got a one of a kind experience, that only could come from the twisted minds of the Italians.
Reasons this was not amazing would be that its cheapness kind of holds…
aka Cannibal Apocalypse, Apocalypse Domani
Film #12 in my 31 Days of Horror
At first this looked like it was going to be a Macaroni Combat/Horror set in the jungles of Vietnam but it soon moves location to Atlanta. It then turns out to be a film about Post-traumatic stress disorder, but more specifically PTSD that manifests itself as cannibalism. On top of that it's contagious to anyone that survives being bitten leading to an unusual 'living zombie' vibe.
This strange mix is helped along by John Saxon in the lead role, lots of blood, and some great one-liners from the Police Captain. The whole thing is set to a funky soundtrack and there's even room to throw in a saucy neighbour and a bad/good/bad again biker gang!
Once banned in the UK as one of the infamous Video Nasties, this Italian horror is worth seeking out.
John Saxon getting out of the shower and answering the phone only in a towel is EVERYTHING.
Cannibals in the streets as one alternative title for this much loved Italian film warned. Antonio Margheriti's 1980 film fixed upon the simple but great idea of taking the cannibal out of the wilds of New Guinea and letting him run loose in the urban jungle of big city America. Written by Dardano Sacchetti and Antonio Margheriti (here under his familiar pseudonym Anthony M. Dawson), Cannibal Apocalypse is a veritable Hydra head of different genre elements - it's part horror film, part actioner, with traces of the war film and zombie film thrown in for good measure.
Antonio Margheriti, one of Italy's busiest and best jobbing directors displays his usual flair for kinetic, action-driven Cinema and the film moves at…
Eine Vielzahl an guten Ideen... verschenkt!
Great score, dreary movie (just about) held together by the great John Saxon
Some bright spark thought it would be a great idea to combine the ever popular zombie film with a Vietnam war film...make no mistake however, for all the metaphors you could find or discuss or argue about what the zombies/cannibals (whatever you want to call them?) truly represent, this film's heart and soul is purely about blood. It has a frantic kind of energy that is sadly inconsistent throughout, there are many scenes that lag, slowing the other more over the top or entertaining moments down. It looks good, it's shot well and the acting isn't anywhere near as bad as you would expect it to be. Overall is it good? I'm really not sure, I enjoyed it but I didn't walk away thinking "that was great", I forgot most of what happens almost straight away...but in the moment Invasion of the flesh hunters will defiantly keep your attention.
Interesting concept delivered poorly. Still worth a watch though
Cannibal Apocalypse(1980) 96 Min. Rated R
Starring John Saxon, Elizabeth Turner, Giovanni Lambardo Radice, Cinzia De Carolis, Tony King, Wallace Wilkinson, Ramiro Oliveros, and May Heatherly. Directed by Antonio Margheriti.
POW's in Vietnam...starved in captivity...released with a taste for human flesh.
The Gory Details
The horrors of war take on a whole new meaning for Vietnam vet Norman Hopper (John Saxon), whose quiet domestic life in Atlanta is shattered by the return of Charlie Bukowski, a combat buddy who dredges up terrifying flashbacks of flesh eating and bloodshed in the war-torn jungles. Now on the run from the law, Charlie begs Norman to help him get out of town with another fellow veteran, Tom (Tony King). Soon these…
Also called 'Cannibal Apocalypse'
This is probably more of a zombie movie than a cannibal movie, but above all else it's a movie where John Saxon bites a teenager's vagina.
This is one of those Italian horror films that sounds way better on paper than it does in execution. John Saxon leads a combat team into a Vietnamese village and finds two American POW's feasting on the burnt corpse of one of the villagers. Saxon ends up getting bitten by one of the men and then flash forward to (then) modern day Atlanta. Turns out the bite transforms the victim into a savage cannibal. Will the police stop the man eating veterans from infecting the whole city? Will there be plenty of low tech gore including one standout shotgun blast in the during a swere showdown? Will the entire movie end on one of those classic Italian WTF moments that make no sense in the context of the rest of the movie? Watch and find out. Just make sure you watch an uncut version.
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