Movie Review: ABSURD (Special Edition) Blu-ray+CD

ABSURD (aka Rosso Sangue) was directed by Joe D’Amato from a screenplay by George Eastman aka Luigi Montefiore and stars Edmund Purdom, Annie Belle,  Katya Berger, Charles Borromel, Ted Rusoff and George Eastman as the killer.

Toss away those inferior bootlegs and experience sleaze maestro Joe D’Amato’s infamous follow-up to ANTHROPOPHAGOUS like never before: Borrowing heavily from HALLOWEEN, D’Amato unleashes gut-spewing Greek boogeyman (screenwriter George Eastman) into suburban America for a “gruesome as hell” ( and “incredibly sadistic” ( saga of doomed nurses, butchered babysitters, bio-chemical clergy and some of the most insane splatter scenes in Italian gorehound history. Edmund Purdom (FRANKENSTEIN’S CASTLE OF FREAKS, PIECES) and Annie Belle (HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK, LAURE) co-star in this “violence-soaked bloodbath” (Hysteria Lives) and former ‘Video Nasty’ – also known as THE GRIM REAPER 2, ZOMBIE 6, HORRIBLE and MONSTER HUNTER – now featuring a 2k scan from the original negative and gushing with all-new Special Features.

This 1981 follow-up to Anthropophagous follows an injured madman who’s on the run in the beginning of the movie where he ends up taking refuge in a small family’s home and afterwards in an old hospital. There’s also a priest who’s after this mysterious figure because he’s pure evil and possesses supernatural powers. It’s never fully explained but he has the ability to slowly heal his own wounds but each time he uses his powers it drives him a little more crazy and super violent.

What happens is, it doesn’t take long for the doctor, his small staff and the family that helped him to discover how dangerous and deadly this deranged super man actually is because he goes on a murderous rampage with no holds barred. Nobody is safe! He takes out his new batch of victims one by one in gory fashion but ultimately meets his shocking match when a young girl rises to the occasion, takes a stand, and delivers the fatal blow that his mysterious maniac can’t rebound from.

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 features some alternate artwork that you can see down below 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 and the CD features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The film has been given a brand new 2K scan from the original negative. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition upgrade were really good. I noticed a little grain in a few scenes but nothing too bad. I really didn’t have any major issues with the video and audio for this Blu-ray release. Remember that the soundtrack is included so when you slip in the CD and press play go ahead and crank it up.

Bottom line is, Absurd is the second Joe D’Amato movie I’ve reviewed this weekend and to me it’s a much better watch than its predecessor, Anthropophagous, which came along a year earlier in 1980. There’s something weird about this one because it kind of has a similar storyline to Halloween but it can’t be a ripoff. Can it? Coincidence! Maybe? I don’t know! Joe D’Amato captured everything he needed here to make this horror outing an eerie slasher that features some insanely gruesome murders. There’s some impressive make up effects used in this movie and plenty of blood and gore to go with the creative kills. What I’ve noticed about George Eastman is that he liked playing the villain in these movies and by golly he does a creepy cool job doing it. All in all, I had a blast with this video nasty from 1981 and I think Severin Films did a fantastic job with this Uncut release of Absurd that’s now available for the first time ever in America on a Special Editon Blu-ray+CD.

Distributor: Severin Films

Run Time: Uncut English Version – 94 Minutes / Alternate Italian Cut – 88 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

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

Subtitles: English and Italian

Special Features: The extras include three interviews (new and imported) with some of the cast and crew and trailer. There’s also a bonus CD soundtrack that comes with this Blu-ray release but it’ll only be available with the first 2500 copies.

  • The Return of the Grim Reaper: Interview With Actor / Writer / Co-Producer Luigi Montefiore (George Eastman) (30:53)
  • D’Amato on Video: Archive Interview With Director Aristide Massaccesi (19:43)
  • A Biker (Uncredited): Interview With Michele Soavi (17:47)
  • Trailer (02:41)
  • First 2500 copies includes Bonus CD Soundtrack


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