starring: Tisa Farrow, Saverio Vallone and Serena Grandi
First, let me tell you how long have I've been hunting this title down. I first "encountered" this film when I was a wee lad. I was a big horror fan back then and I was obsessed about "Killer Klowns from Outer Space" for some reason. So, I was image hunting for a while and I stumbled upon a "picture show" featuring some of the nastiest screencap there is; you could say "The Grim Reaper" was one of it. The image of a deranged cannibal was too much for me, so it stuck itself into the folds of my brain and ever since I figured out what a slasher film is, I've been hunting it down to face the demon that scarred me. And when I finally got that chance, picture my morbid delight and curiosity.
|Blood dries up upon impact?!|
What Next, Italy?
Cuts to some time later, a group of tourists sets sail to the same Greek Island, only to find it eerily desolated as they venture deeper into town. Misfortune comes to them when someone looses their boat and two of them went missing. Mummified bodies and a traumatized blind girl soon adds to the trouble these people are experiencing, but it goes for worse when they realize someone (believe it or not) nearly murdered and cannibalized the whole village! Now that they're stranded on the island, they too might be next on the deranged cannibal's menu...
Despite it's gruesome reputation as one of the viler Video Nasties of its time, Anthropophagus is a flawed film that suffers from a lot of factors that easily divide its audiences. For one, I was disappointed on how tediously draggy this film can be as there's a lot of scenes here that looked and felt nothing more than time fillers. Majority of these unnecessary scenes mostly involves people walking around dark places, random suicides and stretched chase scenes, so building tension and suspense aren't this film's strong points.
|from teens to adults. aged meat.|
|I can tell why they called it "Nasty" now|
|I conquered my demon, and he eats...|
As rewarding as it is for gore hounds, Anthropophagus is nowhere a masterpiece, but stands proud for being one of the more recognized Italian shockers. With a very simple plot and a lot of useless scenes, fans would like it if they're only into gore, "bad" movie cliches or just hardcore slasher fans like me. So was it worth the hunt after all these years? Yes, yes it was. And now that I faced my demon, I shall take a gander to it's sequel...
1 female killed off camera, blood seen
1 male gets a cleaver to the head
1 male beheaded, head seen in bucket
1 male had his throat ripped open
1 female hanged herself
1 female knifed to the belly (flashback)
1 boy presumably killed and eaten (flashback)
1 male knifed to the chest
1 pregnant female had her unborn fetus torn out from her womb
1 (unborn) baby aborted and eaten
1 female found with throat slit
1 blind female nearly scalped, throat bitten open
1 male gutted with pickaxe