|Anthropophagus: The Grim Reaper (DVD, 1999)|
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|Anthropophagus: The Grim Reaper (DVD, 1999) (DVD, 1999)|
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The only Italian gore movie ever to make the cover of Famous Monsters Of Filmland (it shared the front of issue #180 with the Karloff Frankenstein Monster!), this Joe D'Amato (Aristide Massacessi) film contained some of the grossest situations ever committed to film when it came out. All these years later, even though practically the entire film industry is now devoted to coming up with the most offensive ideas possible and making audiences ill with lowest-common-denominator material, this still packs a wallop and is not for those with weak stomachs. Shot as ANTHROPOPHAGUS (spelled 'ANTROPOPHAGUS' in Italian) and known in some countries as THE ANTROPOPHAGUS BEAST or SAVAGE ISLAND, the cut U.S. version (missing some gore footage plus a few other scenes) was renamed THE GRIM REAPER and that's still the title by which this sick, pessimistic film is most widely known in America. Tisa Farrow (just after starring in ZOMBIE) joins a group of travelers on a trip to a small, isolated island off the Greek coast. They find the place deserted except for a strange woman and a few chewed-up corpses lying around. Soon it's learned that sailor Klaus Weltman (Luigi Montefeori a/k/a George Eastman) was once shipwrecked with his wife and son and spent weeks at sea floating on a lifeboat until he finally went totally nuts and ate his own family to survive. He now haunts the island, a tall, leering cannibal with staring eyes and a greenish, crusty, rotting face. We're told that this lone madman somehow either ate or frightened an entire community off the island and even the police could do nothing to stop him. How he managed this single-handedly is never explained, nor is his decaying face, but keep in mind, this was made shortly after John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN established a new subgenre in which crazy murderers could have mildly supernatural qualities and superhuman strength with no explanation whatsoever. Such is the case with Klaus, who breathes heavily and stares at people before he tears them to pieces, showing no mercy and taking no prisoners. The score is uneven, with early passages that sound ridiculous. Later on, when we see the ghoul's secret lair (dark catacombs piled with rotting bodies), a supremely scary soundtrack kicks in, sounding like a chorus of electronically-distorted voices of the despairing dead chanting an otherworldly warning. Much of the weird original soundtrack was replaced with library cues for the GRIM REAPER recut. Although it fails to tell much of a story, is slow-moving at times and doesn't even make good use of the island scenery, I have to admit this gritty, often harshly-judged exercise in blood-'n'-guts ultimately succeeds at being scary. And that's what horror movies are supposed to do, right? Midnight Video was the first to offer a complete uncut print. A follow-up, ABSURD a/k/a ANTHROPOPHAGUS 2, MONSTER HUNTER or even ZOMBIE 6: MONSTER HUNTER, also stars Eastman as a quasi-supernatural killer but despite often being referred to as a sequel, it's an unrelated story and the monster is a completely different character. Some sources erroneously refer to Klaus the ghoul as "Nikos" or "Mikos", but that's the miscreant from the sequel. Some English-subtitled prints change "Weltman" to "Boardman", possibly due to a mishearing of the name spoken in the original Italian, which sounds rather like they're saying "Waldman". Whatever you call it, this nasty low-budget souvenir of the '80s still has the power to chill viewers.
Ive been looking for this horror classic for a long time, and luckily I found it. Very scary Italian horror would be My definition of this film. It really scared Me when I was a kid, and it was really nice to watch it again after all these years. The condition of the DVD is excellent. I bought it used but it looks as if it was never really played. It looks mint to Me, so Im very greatful. I would like to thank the sender for making this possible.
being a fan of horror movies in all its forms i cannot help but respect this movie.yes its euroschlock, yes its over the top gory and there are not one but two scenes soooooo nasty i hesitate to describe them here.lets just say you cant find stuf like this from lucio fulci or dario argento( ive seen all of their films) . but all gore aside, enjoy the creepy atmosphere and the constant threat of unstoppable death! plot: man and wife and son shipwrecked and floating on a life raft. they get so hungry that the son dies, the man wants to eat the son to survive but the mother wont let him . in the struggle he accidently kills the mother and then eats them both. by the time the life raft lands on an island ( how this island turns out to be the one the man comes from i still dont know) he is insane and ravenous. time gos by and a small group of vacationers land on the island to find it totally deserted. it would appear to the audience the man has already eaten everyone on the island. and so now he must eat the new people duh. enjoy!
There are several versions of this movie available, the "unedited" being the most graphic, but in Europe the audience ratings winner is the "American cut" version, not the unedited or Euro Edit release.
Not well thought out, exploitive, ugly by design, it simply does not make sense in the writing, the acting, or the story progression. To explain it would take so many spoilers it would take longer to read the review than to watch the movie, but many horror film lovers adore this movie anyway.
If you're into bad low budget horror, yes-- if not, try something else.
Exxelent quality,and exelent dvd presentation, It comes with 2 DVD's,And if you are in true gore, and horror classic. This video is for you.