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Title: Anthropophagus (Joe D'Amato 1980)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 12 Sep 2007 - 05:00
ANTHROPOPHAGUS 1980 aka ANTHROPOPHAGUS THE BEAST aka THE GRIM REAPER aka SAVAGE ISLAND

George Eastman, Tisa Farrow, Zora Kerova, Serena Grandi

Vacationers are stranded on a desolate Greek Isle and are stalked by a flesh eating madman who stalks them one by one. It is soon discovered exactly who the maniac is and how he came to be on the island.

Joe D'Amato does a sort-of slasher movie with this infamous horror flick that isn't quite as good as its reputation. I've always enjoyed it, but I find it hard to recommend it to anyone save for curiosity value. Too many slow stretches between the action even though the film picks up towards the end, it still has some seriously creepy moments. One of the best sequences is when the group stumble on a young blind girl who claims she can SMELL him coming. During a thunderstorm, she screams. When the others come upstairs and enter the room, she yells that "He's here, he's HERE!" As the people exit and close the door there's darkness. Then lightning flashes and you can see he was hiding behind the door the whole time!

Another bit deals with the controversial scene where the killer rips Grandi's unborn child from between her legs. It's understandable why such a scene would cause such a stir (I believe in Britain, censors thought this was snuff footage) as it is quite tasteless although you never really see him eat the fetus, you do see him bite down on it. In the trailer this scene is shown from a different angle that actually reveals a tad bit more footage. Supposedly this sequence was removed from US prints but in a review back in 1979 from the (in)famous drive-in critic Joe Bob Briggs, he mentions this and a later scene that was also supposedly trimmed. Perhaps theatrical prints were complete but cut for the video release? Or maybe some prints got out uncut? I don't know for sure.

The other scene that was removed at least for the US video release under the title THE GRIM REAPER (Great box art, BTW) is the final shot where the killer is stabbed with a pickaxe. His innards spill out and he then proceeds to chow down on them! In the video version, you see him stabbed then cut to him falling over cue THE END.

The effects in the film aren't that great but are serviceable for what must have been a very small budget. Actually, Eastman confirms this in the interview on Media Blasters 2 disc set. There's an axe in the head, a head in a bucket, a scalp is ripped off and a hanging among other things. Nothing overly special but Eastman brings a fervent voraciousness to the role and is clearly the best thing about this movie and the one aspect that holds it all together and the only reason to sit through the film.

The music in the original film is very pedestrian and uninteresting save for maybe one or two cues. In the US video version, the original score is supplanted by creepy stock music that can be heard in old TWILIGHT ZONE episodes, the films KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS (1977), THE DARK (1979) and briefly in ALLIGATOR (1980). I actually prefer the music in the US cut as it definitely sets the mood much better than the humdrum original.

For some odd reason the first scene is all in German until after the second kill. In the US tape, this bit is in English. I assume the elements they had lacked English dialog for this opening sequence. This scene is interesting as well as it sort of sets the story up like the killer might truly be a monster. With the first kill recalling JAWS and the POV shot of something emerging from the ocean blood dripping onto the wet sand, an impression is given that this thing may not be human.

Another creepy story conceit is the appearance of an old woman who wanders around aimlessly never acknowledging when anyone has spoken to her. Also the seemingly abandoned villa. Everyone seems to have vanished without a trace. Director D'Amato sets the film up very well and is successful in certain areas but the near endless parading around by the cast members seems to go on for what seems like an eternity. With some of this trimmed down, the film could possibly flow better.

On the interview with Eastman and Kerova, it seems to be quite a laid back affair, although Eastman seems embarrassed to be still talking about this movie. He does mention that the film was not overly successful. Kerova, who looks more beautiful now than she did at the time of the film, seems to enjoy the attention the film has gotten. A bit more in depth discussion on this film would have been nice. There's also a continuation of a Joe D'Amato documentary that covers his career and not this film in particular. An audio commentary would have been great. I'm sure judging by Kerova's enthusiastic responses, she would have gladly participated in one.

The sequel, ABSURD (1981) is a bit better and is a far gorier version of HALLOWEEN. It's unrelated other than the fact that it shares the same crew. As it stands, ANTHROPOPHAGUS is an enjoyable movie whose notoriety is more intriguing than the actual film itself.
Title: Re: Anthropophagus (Joe D'Amato 1980)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 12 Sep 2007 - 09:03
For some odd reason the first scene is all in German until after the second kill. In the US tape, this bit is in English. I assume the elements they had lacked English dialog for this opening sequence.
This opening is also in German on the Italian ,English and Spanish tracks on the Beat Records 2 disc out of Italy,there are English subtitles supplied though.
Anyone else notice D'amato's blink and you'll miss him appearence as he comes out of the cable car?
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Post by: Peter Neal on 12 Sep 2007 - 14:21
Funnily enough, the opening scene got also totally redubbed into "proper" German for its release over there. Most fans prefer the silliness of the "original" German version of this scene though. "We" don't really talk like that, ya know.... ;D

There's actually an audio commentary on one of the Austrian releases - sadly only in German - by the guys, who created the "Antropophagus" homepage.

http://www.d-udo.de/antropophagus/index.html

The page has also a huge section in English and is highly recommended!
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Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 13 Sep 2007 - 09:55
I'm really surprised MB didn't acquire the sequel. They must not have sold many of the first one. I was in conversation with some of these guys at the Lo Mang meet and greet a few weeks ago. I should have asked as MB was there discussing their Shaw acquisitions.
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Post by: Stephen Grimes on 13 Sep 2007 - 11:30
I'm really surprised MB didn't acquire the sequel. They must not have sold many of the first one.
I think the rights are held by some major label,i seem to remember Marc posting something about it ages ago.
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Post by: Kevin Coed on 13 Sep 2007 - 11:31
MGM I think.
Title: Re: Anthropophagus (Joe D'Amato 1980)
Post by: Hans on 26 Jul 2008 - 18:12
I would put this one in my top 10 favorite eurohorror films.  The only thing that dampers this one from being a classic is the overly-contrived plot line involving the pregnant woman and the infamous gore scene.  This scene could have been totally eliminated and the film still could have held up.  D'Amato has a wonderful eye for the camera and an equal ability for creating atmosphere.  I love the scene where Tisa Farrow throws the candlestick and breaks the mirror.  The final piece in the mirror lingers on her face.  It could have been a wonderful, moody atmospheric piece, but ended up being a sensational curiosity.  Kind of a shame, but it is still a favorite of mine.  I love the sequel as well.
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Post by: Kevin Coed on 26 Jul 2008 - 18:25
The wife thinks that George Eastman is the scariest fucker on Earth in this film. She can't even look at the cover!
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Post by: Michael Blanton on 26 Jul 2008 - 18:30
I'm going to have to sit down and watch this soon.  Bought it about half a year ago, but I've so many movies to watch it sits sadly :-( unopened.
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Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 26 Jul 2008 - 19:00
The wife thinks that George Eastman is the scariest fucker on Earth in this film. She can't even look at the cover!

 :-* :-* :-* :-*

Show her this link from me Rich ::)

http://www.lovelockandload.net/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=186
Title: Re: Anthropophagus (Joe D'Amato 1980)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 26 Jul 2008 - 20:06
That's the cover she hates!  ::)
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Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 26 Jul 2008 - 20:14
That's the cover she hates!  ::)
i thought it might have been, get a print of his face blown up and use it to scare her at night ::)
Title: Re: Anthropophagus (Joe D'Amato 1980)
Post by: Peter Neal on 27 Jul 2008 - 19:57
The wife thinks that George Eastman is the scariest fucker on Earth in this film. She can't even look at the cover!


I agree with your wife! :-\
Watching Eastman in "Absurd" for the first time all alone at home gave me nightmares for a few days....when I was 17 (Oh, the shame! :-*)

Anyway, here's my review I posted originally over at "Shameless":

Antropophagus Revisited

WARNING! This review will contain some plot spoilers, so if you haven't seen Antro yet, don't read any further!

The hate and hysteria media ralley against "violent videos" in the 80's had different faces in different countries:
In Germany, this face clearly belonged to George Eastman munching on his own entrails with a prizeless facial expression of insanity.
It's one of those images which did the rounds in prime time news programmes to stir up the mood against the video industry in general and horror movies in particular. It's the type of scene which'll get your average Joe to subscribe to any kind of censorship you lay down his doorstep.
Unfortunately, and very much unlike the UK, Germany hasn't left those dark ages in the last 20 years and is still living with a media policy very much rooted in that repressive 80's mentality.
Anyway, that's why "Antropophagus" is THE nasty for me.
It's not the best movie on neither, the DPP's or German list of banned movies, but it embodies so perfectly the charme, the attraction and shortcomings of the profilic Italian exploitation industry, which was originally- and funnily enough- catering much of their output directely for the bloodthirsty tastes of its hungry neighbouring country, Germany, in which movies like "Zombie Flesh Eaters" had become HUGE theatrical sucesses.
Tisa Farrow, Zora Kerova and , of course, George Eastman aside, this movie is populated by a mostly pretty forgettable bunch of non actors.
But although I'm aware that many regard this as a rather boring affair with nothing much happening for the first two thirds, I see a lot of nice building up of atmosphere here. You really get a sense that our protagonists are trapped on this Greek deserted island with a cannibalistic madman and even sceptics have to hand it to Joe D'Amato that the scenes in the catacombs (combined with the spartanic, but effective synth score) are the stuff of true, primal nightmares.

As far as I'm concerned, no movie takes me back to 80's unspoiled VHS magic quite like "Antro", but I guess the likes of " Spit On Your Grave", "Cannibal Holocaust" or "Driller Killer" should have the very same joyful effect on UK fans of the "nasties".

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Post by: ecc on 27 Jul 2008 - 21:55
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For some odd reason the first scene is all in German until after the second kill.

So were they German tourists in the Italian version?
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Post by: Peter Neal on 28 Jul 2008 - 07:24
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For some odd reason the first scene is all in German until after the second kill.

So were they German tourists in the Italian version?

Yes...though what they're talking is fairly far removed from "real" German, hence even the intro got "dubbed into German" for the release over there. :-*
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Post by: Mr White on 27 Sep 2008 - 17:33
I have a transfer of the German Super8 version titled 'Man-Eater'. Its about 30 mins long and includes the scene where  he chomps down on his own innards right at the end. Never watch the full unedied version so i dont know what gore(if any!) is missing.

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Post by: Kevin Coed on 27 Sep 2008 - 18:06
I have a transfer of the German Super8 version titled 'Man-Eater'. [/img]

There's a transfer of it on the Dragon DVD. Haven't watched it, but I've got it.
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Post by: Johan Melle on 27 Sep 2008 - 19:19
It's so weird seeing a pre-fame Serena Grandi playing a pregnant chick. She looks really plain and dull compared to her later sexbomb roles!  :-\
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Post by: Stephen Grimes on 27 Sep 2008 - 19:40
It's so weird seeing a pre-fame Serena Grandi playing a pregnant chick.
She reminds me of a young Princess Diana when she was pregnant with her first child. :-\
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Post by: vigilanteforce on 27 Sep 2008 - 20:14
I know this film gets mixed reviews but I always loved it. I have 2 double-sic sets of it as well as the uncut Greek VHS. Now I hope somebody would release a special edition of ABSURD!
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Post by: Johan Melle on 27 Sep 2008 - 20:41
Yeah, ABSURD is long overdue for a proper, English-friendly DVD release. Almost all of the other Italian horror films from the "gory glory period" of the early 80s have been released by now!
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Post by: Hans on 27 Sep 2008 - 20:42
I love it, too.  I've got the double-disc set from Shriek Show.  I've got the old VHS of "Monster Hunter" in the oversized box.  I got it years ago along w/Stagefright Prism VHS.  Both, I think, for under $10 US.  Late.
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Post by: Stephen Grimes on 27 Sep 2008 - 21:00
Anyone have any of the German SE's from NSM or even the XT Video bootleg?Was very tempted to get one of the NSM releases awhile back what with the English track,extras and 32pg booklet but never bothered as the Italian 2 disc on Beat was so good,are they worth a double-dip?

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Post by: vigilanteforce on 27 Sep 2008 - 21:22
I only remember having the first German disc of the movie on the Astro (or Marketing Film?) label if I remember well. That looked like shit and I was really happy when I got rid of it and bought the Italian double disc set on Beat records! What a great release! Afterwards I also bought the Shriek Show double disc set because of the extras.
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Post by: ecc on 27 Sep 2008 - 21:29
One of the German discs at least does not have the export English dub.  Rather, it is reconstructed using the US R-rated rescored dub so it cuts back and forth between the library music and Marcello Giombini's score for the bits augmented by the Italian track.
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Post by: Johan Melle on 27 Sep 2008 - 22:30
Yeah, the old Astro release uses music from the US version. It's interesting as the film plays out quite differently than it does with the Giombini score.

I've always wondered by Eastman's character is called Klaus Weltmann and made out to be German in the English version!! It doesn't make any sense! In the Italian version he's Greek and called Nikos Karamanlis, which is much more fitting!
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Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 27 Sep 2008 - 22:37
Anyone have any of the German SE's from NSM or even the XT Video bootleg?Was very tempted to get one of the NSM releases awhile back what with the English track,extras and 32pg booklet but never bothered as the Italian 2 disc on Beat was so good,are they worth a double-dip?

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I've got the 2 disc German steel book which apparently is the same as the Italian release.
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Post by: ecc on 27 Sep 2008 - 23:08
One of the hardbox editions also uses the composite English track.
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Post by: vigilanteforce on 28 Sep 2008 - 04:49
Eastman's character is called Klaus Weltmann and made out to be German in the English version!! It doesn't make any sense! In the Italian version he's Greek and called Nikos Karamanlis, which is much more fitting!

Is it really Karamanlis- I think the name is different in the versions I have watched. If its Karamanlis its really funny cause that was the name of Greece's prime minister around that time.... Imagine a FRIDAY THE 13th film with Jason called Reagan instead of Voorhees  :-*
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Post by: Johan Melle on 28 Sep 2008 - 09:25
I think it was Karamanlis, yes! But I haven't seen it in a long time so I can't say for sure.... But that is pretty funny!  ::)
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Post by: Stephen Grimes on 28 Sep 2008 - 16:10
I've got the 2 disc German steel book
The NSM edition with the booklet?
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Post by: Loukol on 19 Jun 2012 - 00:17
I watched the SS DVd the other night.

First off...Is it Anthropophagus or Antropophagus?

Anyways, has anyone else noticed the scene where the blind woman gets pulled through the roof is much more graphic in a trailer when compared to the film?
I wonder why?

Also...could someone please tell me which DVD with the American score has the best picture quality?
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Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 19 Jun 2012 - 00:38

First off...Is it Anthropophagus or Antropophagus?

depends what language it's being spelt in but the English way is Anthropophagous.
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Post by: ecc on 19 Jun 2012 - 14:03
I watched the SS DVd the other night.

First off...Is it Anthropophagus or Antropophagus?

Anyways, has anyone else noticed the scene where the blind woman gets pulled through the roof is much more graphic in a trailer when compared to the film?
I wonder why?

Also...could someone please tell me which DVD with the American score has the best picture quality?

The Italian title is ANTROPOPHAGUS.  The English export title is THE SAVAGE ISLAND.

I no longer have the disc, but I think the best presentation of the American version is disc 2 of the German set from Relax under the title MANEATER.  If you prefer the US score, then disc 1 is also worth checking out since it did not use the export track (with the Giombini score), but a composite of the US track filled in with the Italian track for bits trimmed from the US version (presumably they did this out of laziness rather than source the export track from the UK tape).
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Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 19 Jun 2012 - 14:09
Sleeves for the two U.K. tape releases from the 80's.


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Post by: Jonny on 19 Jun 2012 - 14:47
I've not got copies of the UK tapes, what's the onscreen titles on those?
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Post by: Kevin Coed on 19 Jun 2012 - 18:04
It's been well over 20 years since I watched the pre-cert, but doesn't it say Anthrophagous?
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Post by: Loukol on 19 Jun 2012 - 18:42
I watched the SS DVd the other night.

First off...Is it Anthropophagus or Antropophagus?

Anyways, has anyone else noticed the scene where the blind woman gets pulled through the roof is much more graphic in a trailer when compared to the film?
I wonder why?

Also...could someone please tell me which DVD with the American score has the best picture quality?


I no longer have the disc, but I think the best presentation of the American version is disc 2 of the German set from Relax under the title MANEATER.  If you prefer the US score, then disc 1 is also worth checking out since it did not use the export track (with the Giombini score), but a composite of the US track filled in with the Italian track for bits trimmed from the US version (presumably they did this out of laziness rather than source the export track from the UK tape).

Thanks Eric!

It's not that I prefer the US score (I haven't heard it yet)
I would like to hear it even though even though I really like the Italian score with the synth and Gothic organ over-top.

There's a real cheap UK DVD of the US scored version coupled with Beyond The Door II but I'm not sure if I could get through it if it's a blurry fullscreen version.
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Post by: Luca Canali on 21 Jun 2012 - 21:40
Anyways, has anyone else noticed the scene where the blind woman gets pulled through the roof is much more graphic in a trailer when compared to the film?

Yes - and that alternate, bloodier take in the trailer is much better than the version which made the final cut. Pity, as it was always my favourite death in the film. Glad you mentioned it, I always wondered about it too.
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Post by: Mario on 22 Jun 2012 - 09:58
Anyways, has anyone else noticed the scene where the blind woman gets pulled through the roof is much more graphic in a trailer when compared to the film?

Yes - and that alternate, bloodier take in the trailer is much better than the version which made the final cut. Pity, as it was always my favourite death in the film. Glad you mentioned it, I always wondered about it too.


It was common to shot several takes and then send some to the editor to make the trailer when the final cut was not yet finnished.
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Post by: Loukol on 22 Jun 2012 - 18:35
I was thinking since it's more graphic that it was originaly in the film but got the film a rating they didn't want so they reshot it (or edited it) then used the original for the trailers.
That way it wasn't a wasted shot.
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Post by: Jonny on 22 Jun 2012 - 23:27
I was thinking since it's more graphic that it was originaly in the film but got the film a rating they didn't want so they reshot it (or edited it) then used the original for the trailers.
That way it wasn't a wasted shot.

There's a more graphic shot of Tomas Milian ripping off Anita Strindberg's top exposing her breasts in the trailer for ALMOST HUMAN that never made the finished film if I remember right?
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Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 22 Jun 2012 - 23:54
I was thinking since it's more graphic that it was originaly in the film but got the film a rating they didn't want so they reshot it (or edited it) then used the original for the trailers.
That way it wasn't a wasted shot.

There's a more graphic shot of Tomas Milian ripping off Anita Strindberg's top exposing her breasts in the trailer for ALMOST HUMAN that never made the finished film if I remember right?
Sure is.  :D
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Post by: Loukol on 23 Jun 2012 - 01:47
I was thinking since it's more graphic that it was originaly in the film but got the film a rating they didn't want so they reshot it (or edited it) then used the original for the trailers.
That way it wasn't a wasted shot.


There's a more graphic shot of Tomas Milian ripping off Anita Strindberg's top exposing her breasts in the trailer for ALMOST HUMAN that never made the finished film if I remember right?




Talk about bait and switch! >:( ;D
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Post by: Longsden on 06 Mar 2015 - 11:30
Obvious hinting but this is added to the 88 films roster for June

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