Tisa Farrow ... Julie
Saverio Vallone ... Andy
Serena Grandi ... Maggie
Margaret Mazzantini ... Henriette 'Rita'
Country: Italy Runtime: 90 min AKA:Anthropophagous: The Beast, The Grim Reaper, The Zombie's Rage
This film had been a Holy Grail-like quest object for me for years. I had heard so many great and
not-so-great things about it that I was chomping at the bit to see it. I always found bootlegs of it at cons,
but could never bring myself to buy it. What if it sucked? What if it was so revolting that I would hate
myself for owning it? What if no one will watch it with me, and I have to suffer through a possible turd on
my own? I tried to get Jorge to buy it, but he always turned me down (and yet he bought the incredibly
painful Begotten with nary a hint of restraint), so I continued to feel left out of the gore club. But
wouldn't you know it, I recently found this masterpiece at my local Blockbuster and finally got a chance to
drink from the grail, which is actually not a wooden cup, but a metal bucket full of sea water and severed
Directed by notorious Italian gore-met and future porn director Joe D'Amato, this wonderfully creepy film
is definitely one to watch. In it some tourists decide to rent a boat and end up visiting a mysterious island
where all the inhabitants have disappeared. They wander around for a while and then end up in this
house where a mysterious journal answers the questions they have. It turns out a seemingly normal man
was set adrift on a raft with his wife and child, and when hunger set in he ate the shit out of them, thus
becoming a super cannibal maniac who has made short work of the entire island and is now targeting
the succulent morsels that the tourists represent.
The film is well-known for being caught up in the Video Nasties era and for years uncut versions have
existed. I couldn't tell you what version I saw, but I was certainly watching the film through the
rose-colored glasses of hype. And I must say that I didn't need them. The film is not as graphic as most
cannibal films, and if you really think about it it's basically a slasher film where the slasher eats his
victims instead of simply hacking at them. There is a great bit of fetal-distress action ala Cannibal
Campout in which they used the much-discussed skinned rabbit for, and there are tons of other great
moments that I won't ruin here.
The point is that this film is classic Italian gore filmmaking and deserves to be in the top ten gore classics
of all time. Don't expect a bloodbath, but you will be entertained, and the Greek location is just beautiful
icing on the gory cake. This is just one of those infamous films that if you haven't seen, then you
shouldn't consider yourself a horror fan...'nuff said.