Blu-ray Review: ANTHROPOPHAGOUS

ANTHROPOPHAGOUS (aka The Grim Reaper) was directed by Joe D’Amato from a screenplay he co-wrote with producer George Eastman aka Luigi Montefiori and stars Tisa Farrow, Zora Kerova, Serena Grandi, Saverio Vallone and co-writer/producer George Eastman as the cannibal.

It has been called “seriously creepy” (CoolAssCinema.com), “insanely violent” (Nerdist.com) and “truly repulsive” (DVD Talk). It was seized by UK authorities as a ‘Video Nasty’ and accused of being an actual snuff film. Yet even by ‘80s Italian gore-spewing standards, this grueling shocker from sex & sleaze maestro Joe D’Amato (BEYOND THE DARKNESS) still stands as perhaps the most controversial – and extreme – spaghetti splatter epic of them all. Tisa Farrow (ZOMBIE), Zora Kerova (CANNIBAL FEROX) and co-writer/producer George Eastman (STAGE FRIGHT, 1990: BRONX WARRIORS) star in this depraved daddy of cannibal carnage from “Italy’s King of Trash Sinema” (Horrorpedia.com), now featuring a 2k scan from the original 16mm negative – including two of the most gut-retching scenes in horror history – and spurting with all-new Special Features.

This 1980 Italian slasher follows a group of tourists who set sail on the sea only to end up getting stranded on what appears to be an uninhabited island after they have boat problems. What they don’t know is that this island has become the home of unspeakable horrors. Before the carnage kicks in, they do some investigating to see if they can figure out what happened to everyone and why the locals have gone missing.

It takes a little while for things to go south for the group but once it does it gets extremely dangerous and down right deadly for them. What happens is, there’s a killer that calls this island home and he’s really hungry, and guess what, there’s no food around except for the visitors. It’s true, the killer is a psychopathic madman who’s turned into a bloodthirsty cannibal and he makes his rounds killing these people and dining on their flesh. We get to learn about this madman’s past through a flashback that shows why he’s gone so freaking crazy.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve down below features some alternate artwork so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use for the front cover. This Severin release comes in a black keepcase which helps it stand out from the others. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The film has been given a brand new 2K scan by Severin Films from the original 16mm negative. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition upgrade were really good considering the obscurity of this movie.

Bottom line is, I’m still pretty new to the Joe D’Amato catalogue and was only introduced to his movies just a few years ago and now I’ve had the opportunity to witness Anthropophagous. I can see why this bizarre cannibal film has been labeled as shocking and offensive to some because it definitely has its moments. What I’ve noticed about Joe D’Amato’s movies is that the story really isn’t too important because his exploitive features focus more on blood and gore with some kind of shock factor thrown in. In this case, there’s a scene where this deranged cannibal attacks a pregnant woman and let’s just say it doesn’t end well for her or the baby. There’s another creepy scene where the cannibal eats his own innards after he’s dealt a deadly blow. It’s super gross y’all and I completely understand why some viewers might not like this. Still, it’s just a cheesy fun horror movie and hardcore horror hounds out there will get a kick out of it, but just remember, this one is an acquired taste for sure. Severin Films did a fine job from top to bottom with Anthropophagous that’s now available Uncut on Blu-ray for the first time ever in America.

Distributor: Severin Films

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Full Resolution (1.67:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English and Italian

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include five new interviews with some of the cast and crew and three trailers.

  • Don’t Fear The Man-Eater: Interview with Writer/Star Luigi Montefiori a.k.a. George Eastman (13:03)
  • The Man Who Killed The Anthropophagus: Interview with Actor Saverio Vallone (13:50)
  • Cannibal Frenzy: Interview with FX Artist Pietro Tenoglio (05:58)
  • Brother And Sister In Editing: Interview With Editor Bruno Micheli (12:56)
  • Inside Zora’s Mouth: Interview with Actress Zora Kerova (09:59)
  • Trailer 1 (03:07)
  • Trailer 2 (03:00)
  • Trailer 3 (01:39)

 

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