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Antropophagus

The Grim Reaper
Man Eater / Antropophagous / Antropophagous the Beast / Man-Eater (Der Menschenfresser) / Antropofago / Man Beast / The Grim Ripper

Italy 1980
produced by
Oscar Santaniello, Joe D'Amato (= Aristide Massaccesi), George Eastman (= Luigi Montefiori) for Filmirage, PCM
directed by Joe D'Amato (= Aristide Massaccesi)
starring Tisa Farrow, Saverio Vallone, Vanessa Steiger (= Serena Grandi), Margaret Donnelli (= Margaret Mazzantini), Mark Bodin, Bob Larsen, Rubina Rey, Simone Baker, Mark Logan, Zora Zerkova, George Eastman (= Luigi Montefiori)
written by Joe D'Amato (= Aristide Massaccesi), George Eastman (= Luigi Montefiori), music by Marcello Giombini

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Julie (Tisa Farrow) persuades a bunch of yachting tourists - Andy (Saverio Vallone), Daniel (Mark Bodin), Carol (Zora Kerova), Jacob, Arnold (Bob Larsen) & his pregnant wife Maggie (Serena Grandi) - to take her to some secluded island paradise where she plans to meet up with her friends. However, once on the island, they find it deserted, & when they go investigating, leaving only Maggie & Jacob back on the boat, he is promptly decapitated & she is abducted.

The others meanwhile grow increasingly worried about the absence of people on the island, even the fishing village is completely empty, except for one weird woman (Rubina Rey) who always just escapes them, & one of Julie's friends, blind Henriette (Margaret Mazzantini), who seems to be totally in shock, & the only thing our little group can find out is that a maniac killer might be loose on the island ... which for some reason causes them to split up (!).

Soon, the maniac killer (George Eastman) catches up with Daniel & takes a bite of his throat. Later, he catches up with Arnold, who has since found Maggie - still alive - in some catacombs littered with corpses, & the killer shows little hesitation in first killing him, then pulling out the fetus of Maggie's womb with his bare hands & devouring it (the fetus was actually a skinned rabbit).

The others meanwhile have made it to the mansion of the Karamanlis, who own half of the island, & after finally catching up with that elusive weird woman - who immediately hangs herself - they learn a secret or 2 about the maniac ... he is actually Nikos Karamanlis, who - as mantioned - owned half the island, but one day, he & his wife & child had a yachting accident, & to survive in a lifeboat without any food, he had to kill his wife & child & devour them. When he came back home, he had gone crazy. His sister - the elusive weird woman - tried to keep him calm by feeding him with lots & lots of meat, but he just wanted more & more & started killing & eating up the villagers one by one, & once they were all gone, he used our tourist group to continue his wholesome diet.

Soon it seems only Julie & Henriette are left alive, & they bolt themselves up in the attic, but our mad Nikos knows another way to get in ... from above, just crashing the roof. That way he soon gets a taste of Henriette before Julie somehow pushes him down to the ground ... but his diet seems to have made him somewhat more resistant against gravity inflicted wounds, so when Julie finally goes down to look for Nikos' body, she has to find him pretty much alive, & boy has he worked up an appetite !

Good thing that all of a sudden Andy shows up & slits open Nikos' belly ... which leads Nikos, still hungry, to eat up his own entrails ...

 


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This film has garnered some reputation for being the one where George Eastman eats a fetus, & its notoriety was only heightened by the fact that for years there (seemingly) was no uncut copy available, & even now most DVDs available are heavily cut.

All that however cannot hide the fact that Antropophagus is an incredibly dull movie. There are some gruesome (but not too well made) gore-scenes alright, but they are held together by an incredibly tedious plot, in which annoying one-dimensional characters talk about totally insignificant bullshit & invariably do things that noone in his or her right mind would do thrown into comparable situations (like split up when they know a murderous maniac is around) ... which of course doesn't help the suspense one bit (occasionally you will catch yourself just wanting the characters to die).

It''s funny though that this movie has garnered such a reputation while some of director D'Amato's better work (& he, as a whole,  was not necessarily a man known for restraint or subtleties) has now waned into obscurity, or, like the way superior suspense-thriller Rosso Sangue, is now marketed as a sequel to Antropophagus.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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