On September 25, Severin Films unleashes two forgotten treasures in feasting on flesh with the emphasis on gut munching, with the release of Anthropophagous (1980) and Absurd (1981) these two movies come from director Joe D’Amato coming to Blu-Ray fully uncut and intended for those with strong stomachs. In my opinion, the horror fans who find themselves able to eat pizza while the carnage splatters across the screen in vivid color, enjoy gore-hounds and spaltterpunks.
Anthropophagous once accused of being an actual snuff film, a taxing movie on the senses, and likely still the most controversial movie, surpassing that of Cannibal Ferox (1981).
From the Severin Films website:
PLEASE NOTE: THE MANEATER BUNDLE INCLUDES OUR BRAND NEW SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY RELEASES OF ANTHROPOPHAGOUS AND ABSURD ALONG WITH THE SITE EXCLUSIVE ‘VIDEO NASTY’ DOUBLE-SIDED SLIPCASE, ABSURD CD SOUNDTRACK, SEVERIN FILMS HALL OF FAME ENAMEL PIN #5: JOE D’AMATO, THE ANTHROPOPHAGOUS MONSTER ENAMEL PIN, AN ANTHROPOPHAGOUS T-SHIRT, AND OUR EXCLUSIVE ANTHROPOPHAGOUS PLUSH DOLL.
- It has been called “seriously creepy” (CoolAssCinema.com), “insanely violent” (Nerdist.com) and “truly repulsive” (DVD Talk). It was seized by UK authorities as a ‘Video Nasty’ and accused of being an actual snuff film. Yet even by ‘80s Italian gore-spewing standards, this grueling shocker from sex & sleaze maestro Joe D’Amato (BEYOND THE DARKNESS) still stands as perhaps the most controversial – and extreme – spaghetti splatter epic of them all. Tisa Farrow (ZOMBIE), Zora Kerova (CANNIBAL FEROX) and co-writer/producer George Eastman (STAGE FRIGHT, 1990: BRONX WARRIORS) star in this depraved daddy of cannibal carnage from “Italy’s King of Trash Sinema” (Horrorpedia.com), now featuring a 2k scan from the original 16mm negative – including two of the most gut-retching scenes in horror history – and spurting with all-new Special Features.
- Summary – A priest comes to a small town to help get rid of a monster whose blood coagulates very fast. This creates problems as the monster is very hard to kill and then decides to go on a killing spree of its own.
- Special Features:
- Don’t Fear The Man-Eater: Interview with Writer/Star Luigi Montefiori a.k.a. George Eastman
- The Man Who Killed The Anthropophagus: Interview with Actor Saverio Vallone
- Cannibal Frenzy: Interview with FX Artist Pietro Tenoglio
- Brother And Sister In Editing: Interview With Editor Bruno Micheli
- Inside Zora’s Mouth: Interview with Actress Zora Kerova
- Reversible Wrap
- Toss away those inferior bootlegs and experience sleaze maestro Joe D’Amato’s infamous follow-up to ANTHROPOPHAGOUS like never before: Borrowing heavily from HALLOWEEN, D’Amato unleashes gut-spewing Greek boogeyman (screenwriter George Eastman) into suburban America for a “gruesome as hell” (CinemasFringes.com) and “incredibly sadistic” (ASlashAbove.com) saga of doomed nurses, butchered babysitters, bio-chemical clergy and some of the most insane splatter scenes in Italian gorehound history. Edmund Purdom (FRANKENSTEIN’S CASTLE OF FREAKS, PIECES) and Annie Belle (HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK, LAURE) co-star in this “violence-soaked bloodbath” (Hysteria Lives) and former ‘Video Nasty’ – also known as THE GRIM REAPER 2, ZOMBIE 6, HORRIBLE and MONSTER HUNTER – now featuring a 2k scan from the original negative and gushing with all-new Special Features.
- Summary – A group of tourists become stranded on an uninhabited island where they are stalked by an insane, violent, and grotesque killer that slaughtered the town’s former residents.
- Special Features:
- Rosso Sangue: Alternate Italian cut (with optional English subtitles)
- The Return of the Grim Reaper: Interview With Actor / Writer / Co-Producer Luigi Montefiore (George Eastman)
- D’Amato on Video: Archive Interview With Director Aristide Massaccesi
- A Biker (Uncredited): Interview With Michele Soavi
- First 2500 copies includes Bonus CD Soundtrack
- Reversible Wrap
But a hefty price tag $99.99
Three Other Options available:
- Anthropophagous/Absurd Blu-ray Bundle Feat. LE Video Nasty Slipcase $52.00
- Anthropophagous [Blu-ray] $22.99
- Absurd [Blu-ray] $28.99