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AnthropophagusDirected by: Joe D’Amato

Produced by: Joe D’Amato, George Eastman

Written by: Joe D’Amato, George Eastman

Starring: Tisa Farrow, George Eastman, Saverio Vallone

Music by: Marcello Giombini

Distributed by: Shriekshow Entertainment

Release date(s): 1980

Running time: 88 mins

Country: Italy

Language: Italian

A group of tourists arrive on a small Greek island, only to find it almost completely deserted. It seems that the only person still alive there is a blind girl who does not know what has happened to the rest of the island’s town, but is terrified of a man who she describes as smelling of blood.

As members of the group disappear or are brutally and mercilessly murdered by a mysterious, deformed man in various locations on the island, the survivors search for clues as to what is going on. They find a diary inside an abandoned mansion, which tells of a man who was shipwrecked with his wife and child. In order to survive, the man was forced to eat his dead family. This act drove him insane and he went on to slaughter the rest of the island’s inhabitants. The cannibalistic serial killer goes by the name of Nikos Karamanlis known as „The Anthropophagus Beast.“

Almost the entire group is killed until only a few remain, but one of the survivors manages to overpower him and stab him with a pick axe to the stomach, and before he dies, in one final act of insanity, he attempts to devour himself, by chewing violently on his own intestines.

In the film’s most notorious scene, the killer strangles a pregnant woman while pulling the fetus from her womb and then devouring it (in reality the fetus was a skinned rabbit covered with fake blood). The effect proved so convincing that the filmmakers were attacked and questioned as to whether they really extracted a human fetus from its mother’s womb.

Antropophagus was director Joe D’Amato’s first „straight“ horror film, having previously made erotic horror films such as Emanuelle in America and Erotic Nights of the Living Dead. D’Amato and co-writer Luigi Montefiori were long-time associates, and Montefiori often had lead roles in D’Amato’s films, usually under the pseudonym of George Eastman.

In the documentary Totally Uncut 2 D’Amato stated that the film was solely made for foreign markets; both the director and Montefiore claim that even though the film did very well in other countries it was a flop in Italy. Montefiore also revealed that he has never liked the movie, though he did enjoy making it.

An uncut DVD version of the film was released under the title, ‚Man-eater‘, via NSM on December 19, 2005.

As well as Antropophagus, the film was known in by several other titles, including:

Anthropophagous (French title)
Anthropophagous: The Beast (UK title)
The Grim Reaper (original U.S. title, censored)
Anthropophagus: The Grim Reaper (US DVD re-release title, uncut)
Man Eater (German title)
The Savage Island
Zombie 7: Grim Reaper

In the UK, the film was placed on the DPP list and classified as a video nasty in 1984. This was due mainly to the infamous fetus-eating scene. In reality, the fetus was a skinned rabbit. This did not prevent the film from being falsely described as a snuff film, a story which was even featured on BBC News. It is now available in the UK in a cut form, under the title The Grim Reaper.

The 1981 pornographic film Porno Holocaust, also directed by D’Amato and starring George Eastman, features a similar plot, having a group of people stranded on a deserted island with a monstrous killer.
D’Amato followed up this movie with a pseudo-sequel, Absurd (1981, also known as Zombie 6: Monster Hunter).
An unofficial remake was created by German horror director Andreas Schnaas in 1999, entitled Anthropophagus 2000, or Cannibal 2000.



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