Monday, October 17, 2011

Definitely, it's very: Absurd (1981)

Absurd (AKA "Rosso Sangue"/ "Horrible")
Starring:  George Eastman, Annie Belle and Charles Borromel

Following the success of "Halloween" and the massive cult following of his "Anthropophagus", comes Joe D'Amato's next slasher shock.

A priest is in pursuit of an escaped maniac who he had revived through genetic engineering. This scientific mishap gsomehow gives the feller the ability to quickly regenerate any wound he sustained through rapid blood coagulation. The killer soon finds himself barred by a railed gate which he climbs and got himself gutted into when the priest tried to pull him down.

Behind the gate, a family witnesses the staggering man clutched his own guts and fell to the floor, seemingly dead. They called in the hospital and had the man fixed, stitched and sees that he's healing more rapidly than they could had imagined. The Priest, visiting the same hospital where his monster was taken, also got himself bumped with the law as they began questioning him about the pursuit, thus forcing him to share the details of his absurd experiments.

It wasn't long before the man finally regenerates, gets up and starts murdering his way to the same railed-gate house, now filled with two babysitters, a boy named Willie and his paraplegic sister (and zero parents), thus a deadly game of cat-and-mouse begins and lead to one grueling conclusion.

While painfully unoriginal, Absurd came by satisfying us with gore in place instead of creep factor. While Halloween kept it tame, Absurb went overboard with its gore and viscera, with close-ups on torn flesh, dismembered bodies flying here and there, and prolonged murders. Joe D'Amato knows his limits, and he actually handled this one pretty well despite the flaws. There are some pretty tense scenes, though not as creepy and moody as the films it rips-off (Halloween and Halloween  II), and instead ended up being either too silly to be taken seriously or acceptable at some level.

Nothing very big to talk about this film other than it completely follows the babysitter-in-peril/home invasion slasher format religiously. Acting is hammy, but the rest of the production value is acceptable albeit cheap. Gore Hounds will surely love this little heard Halloween clone; it bites a little but it's a worthwhile viewing for slasher fans alike. But for those who will hate it, I ain't blaming you either, but come on! Have a heart!

1 female gets a surgical powerdril from temple to temple
1 male had his cranium sliced open with a bandsaw
1 male strangled to death
1 female pickaxed through the head
1 female had her head burnt in an oven, throat stabbed with scissors
1 male strangled to death
1 male beheaded with battle axe
total: 7


  1. I love... LOVE Absurd and I'm one of the few who thinks that this is on a par with Anthropophagus.
    Terrific Italo-classic!

  2. hehe, I know right? Both films are pretty good on their own turf!