Monday, 12 September 2011
ANTHROPOPHAGOUS: THE BEAST (1980)
The film is still banned in the UK in its uncut state, and thus I used the heavily cut version of the film, 'The Grim Reaper', and pieced the full version together with online videos of the uncut material. This Italian production would be largely forgotten by now were it not for the sheer extremity of certain parts. Right, let's get those two ultra-notorious scenes out of the way first, then I can talk about the film itself.
Okay, onto the film itself. The movie was shot by a crew that was on holiday, and it shows in the relaxed and picturesque manner in which the footage of the gorgeous locale plays out. It's almost a travelogue for a while. Basically a group of tourists sail to a beautiful Greek island, which they discover to be almost completely deserted. It's empty for a reason. There's a demented, malformed cannibal on the loose! There's a back-story to the character of Nikos Karamanlis, aka the Anthropophagous beast, but it's not really of much consequence.
While not a very good film in itself, Anthopophagous: The Beast is essential viewing for those with a penchant for the real Video Nasties of the era, and horror completists in general. In the right mindset, it's an amazing piece of work, but don't expect pristine film-making. The VHS cover art was one of the most infamous images alongside Cannibal Holocaust's gaudy cover at the time, and it remains a harrowing and unsettling film, even if it's sometimes a chore to sit through more down to the cast than the gore (That said, Tisa Farrow is one of the few bright sparks in the whole bunch)! Just avoid the cut entitled 'The Grim Reaper' as it's trimmed so much that the film barely makes sense.