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Antropophagus (1980)

R | | Horror | 9 October 1981 (USA)
A group of friends and a hitchhiker become stranded on a tourist island where they are stalked by a disfigured cannibalistic killer who is prowling the island after killing its residents.

Director:

Joe D'Amato

Writers:

George Eastman (story) (as Luigi Montefiori), Joe D'Amato (story) (as Aristide Massaccesi) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tisa Farrow ... Julie
Saverio Vallone Saverio Vallone ... Andy
Serena Grandi ... Maggie (as Vanessa Steiger)
Margaret Mazzantini Margaret Mazzantini ... Henriette 'Rita' (as Margaret Donnelly)
Mark Bodin Mark Bodin ... Daniel
Bob Larson Bob Larson ... Arnold
Rubina Rey Rubina Rey ... Ruth Wortmann
Simone Baker Simone Baker ... First Victim
Mark Logan Mark Logan ... Second Victim
George Eastman ... Klaus Wortmann / Antropophagus
Zora Kerova ... Carol
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Storyline

Tourists take a boat to a remote island, where they find that most of the people have disappeared, and something is stalking them. They find a hidden room in the big mansion on a hill, and an ancient diary, which gives them clues to the source of the terror. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

DEATH AWAITS THOSE WHO TRESPASS IN THE REALM OF THE LIVING DEAD (The Zombies' Rage) See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | German

Release Date:

9 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Zombie's Rage See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When submitted for re-classification in the UK (after being banned for 18 years), the uncut version of this film was never brought before the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification). Rather, the heavily cut, R-rated version was submitted, possibly by mistake. See more »

Quotes

Carol: There's evil on this island. An evil that won't let us get away. An evil that sends out an inhuman, diabolic power. I sense its vibrations now. The vibrations are an intense horror. It will destroy us! The very same way it did all the others!
Andy: Shut up, Carol!
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Alternate Versions

The US R Rated and UK versions (both under the title 'The Grim Reaper') has four main cuts-
  • The Beast biting a man's neck, and the subsequent blood flow
  • The entire fetus eating sequence
  • The Beast biting Rita's throat as he pulls her head through the roof
  • The Beast's intestines spilling out and him eating them. (the film ends with the beast being hit with the ax and simply collapsing. It is a myth that all the prints under the title of 'The Grim Reaper' are cut. The German DVD 'The Grim Reaper' is uncut.
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A nice and nasty horror film.
7 April 2017 | by stephenabellSee all my reviews

I originally watched this on SKY a few years back and I enjoyed it then as I did this time around.

That's right I said I enjoyed it and judging by low scores on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes, I think I'm in the minority.

The worst thing about this film is the soundtrack. To say it's dreadful would be doing an injustice to the term understatement. There are a couple of scenes where the music sets the mood perfectly... but it is only a couple. The rest of the time the audience is assailed with a manic Wurlitzer pianist - I actually had a vision of an old time theatre (back in the silent movie days) and a man, half-crossed between The Phantom Of The Opera and The Joker, going insane of the ebony and ivories... all it lacked was a maniacal laugh.

Apart from that what the writers Joe D'Amato (Director) and George Eastman (Actor) give the audience is a new take on both the Cannibal and Zombie legends, by giving you Nikos Karamanlis, a man turned beast who is something other than alive and with a penchant for human flesh. He acquired this evil and unnatural taste after he and his family were shipwrecked... when you're miles from anywhere and starving you have to eat.

This is so much better than his follow on movie Absurd, which also fell foul of the dreaded Video Nasty title and banning.

The acting is above average. Tisa Farrow (Mia Farrow's sister) who gave a well-disposed portrayal of Julie, a student on her way to a Greek island and summer job. Along with Saverio Vallone who gives an affable portrayal of Andy, the unheralded leader of the group, these two hold the film together. Even the mostly silent Eastman as The Beast does a decent job of being menacing and actually uses his size and facial features to add power and unease (wish he'd done the same in Absurd)

For the time the effects are more than passable, the only let down is Eastman's "Beast" face as it looks like somebody has spilt cold porridge over him. Most of the dead look nasty enough, with decaying skin and maggots writhing in eye sockets. The scene with the rats would have looked more realistic had they not covered a skeleton in spam... they could have added more blood to disguise the fact - go Herschell-Lewis on them.

One thing that did impress me is most of the scenes are shot in daylight and D'Amato still builds a sense of tension and unease. The scene where Arnold is looking for his pregnant wife Maggie and stumbles into a clearing by a ruinated abbey sent a shiver down my spine. You can actually feel something watching him.

There is more to this film than I originally thought and I would recommend it to all horror fans who haven't seen it yet. And I will be watching this again in the future.


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