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Absurd (1981)

Rosso sangue (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | October 1981 (Italy)
A priest comes to a small town to help get rid of a monster whose blood coagulates very fast. This creates problems as the monster is very hard to kill and then decides to go on a killing spree of its own.


Joe D'Amato (as Peter Newton)


George Eastman (as John Cart)


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Complete credited cast:
George Eastman ... Mikos Stenopolis
Annie Belle ... Emily
Charles Borromel Charles Borromel ... Sgt. Ben Engleman
Katya Berger ... Katia Bennett
Kasimir Berger Kasimir Berger ... Willy Bennett
Hanja Kochansky Hanja Kochansky ... Mrs. Bennett
Ian Danby Ian Danby ... Mr. Bennett
Ted Rusoff ... Dr. Kramer
Edmund Purdom ... Father


A priest comes to a small town to help get rid of a monster whose blood coagulates very fast. This creates problems as the monster is very hard to kill and then decides to go on a killing spree of its own.

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Release Date:

October 1981 (Italy) See more »

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Monster Hunter See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was one of the original 74 UK video nasties and banned by the BBFC in 1984. It was released uncut on Bluray in the UK in 2017. See more »


When Mr and Mrs Bennett drive away in Mrs Bennett's car, as they leave the driveway two members of the film crew can be seen reflected in the window of the car. See more »


Emily: Didn't you say that boy's body was found in the north quarter?
Dr. Cooper: Yes Emily; which is where you are now.
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Alternate Versions

Before its inclusion on the video nasty list the film received a brief theatrical release in the UK in 1983. Unlike its pre-certificated video counterpart however the cinema version was cut by 2 mins 32 secs by the BBFC with heavy edits to the murder of the nurse with a drill, a man's forehead being sliced with a band saw, and a woman's face being burnt off in an oven. See more »


Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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Antro... Antropho... ABSURD!!
20 November 2006 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Joe D'Amato and George Eastman's follow-up to the notorious "The Grim Reaper" (Antropophagus) is sick, twisted and – oh yes – deliciously absurd! There's no real story and the amount of genuine chills is limited, but the gory murder sequences are sensational and they easily rank among the craziest stuff ever caught on film. Eastman once again portrays a Greek psycho-killer, though a different one than the fetus-munching monster in Antropophagus (love that title!), cheerfully butchering half the population of a small American town. Nikos isn't your ordinary madman, but a scientific guinea pig whose blood coagulates much faster and hence he instantly recovers from severe wounds, like gunshots or impalement. He's pursued by an unintelligible priest, a chain-smoking copper and his black assistant who isn't allowed to talk without permission. No wonder none of these blokes is capable of catching or even tracing Nikos and the body count increases immensely. Whenever George isn't barbarically killing someone using band saws, surgical devices or axes, "Absurd" is rather dull, slow-moving and borrowing story ideas as well as direct quotes from John Carpenter's landmark slasher Halloween. There's babysitters in peril, young kids spotting the bogeyman everywhere around the house and dangerous killers escaping from hospital beds. Still, if you're looking for really good horror cinema, just wait for the climax which is quite suspenseful and it makes the popular title "Absurd" all the more meaningful.

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