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Anthropophagus: The Grim Reaper (1981)

Tisa Farrow , Saverio Vallone , Joe D'Amato  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Tisa Farrow, Saverio Vallone, Serena Grandi, Margaret Mazzantini, Mark Bodin
  • Directors: Joe D'Amato
  • Writers: George Eastman, Joe D'Amato
  • Producers: George Eastman, Joe D'Amato, Edward L. Montoro, Oscar Santaniello
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shriek Show
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AC7P5Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,913 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Anthropophagus: The Grim Reaper" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Original trailers
  • Joe D'Amato documentary horror experience
  • US theatrical opening
  • Zora Kerova and George Eastman live public appearance 2005
  • Photo gallery

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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Finally! "Grim reaper" edition was severely cut, japanize edition was very hard to get and it was rather expensive, latest german or italian editions had technical problems... Now we'll have it as it was supposed to be - and here at Amazon! And rather cheap! Amazing! I've been waiting for this moment for so many years!

Now "Anthropophagus" may not be a masterpiece but it has become a cult classic very long time ago. In the beginning of 80s violence on screen were measured by the standards of "Friday the 13th" and so on. And only Italian filmmakers seemed to dare making something utterly different. They brought gore to the extent when it was really nauseous. In "Anthropophagus" you can see two scenes (one of them is an infamous fetus-eating scene) that are truly disgusting. By the way they were cut from many previous releases of the film. But excepting gore and guts I can say the movie has a really horrific atmosphere - a dreamy one like in many italian horrors. Watching "Anthropophagus" you have a feeling of fear, irreversibility and death - very unpleasant feeling which appears even when everything seems to be calm on screen. I'm pretty confident this is the best work of Joe D'Amato who's known for making cheap exploitative flicks. If you have seen some of them, don't make up your mind about "Anthropophagus" - it's totally different.

If you're in for horror, if you like giallo and such names as Argento, Fulci, Lenzi, Deodato and Bava mean something to you - this movie is for you. I repeat it may not have a big cultural value but you MUST have it on your shelf if you call yourself a horror buff
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gore-fest August 3, 2007
By M.
If your looking for the same old Hollywood "pop-horror" crap, then you might as well stop reading this review now. If you are looking for some good extreme horror that pushes the envelope (which all GOOD horror does), and is actually scary, unlike movies that come out of "Wussy-Wood", then you should definitely check this one out. Although it has it's flaws (cinematography, dubbing), overall it is a great Italian horror movie with great acting, great scenery, and of coarse gore galore.

The story is about a man that ends up having to eat his family after being stuck in a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean (got to do what you got to do). Not only does he eat his family but devours a whole town on a small Italian island. How cool is that!? a group of friends decide to take a trip to this island only to find out the whole town is dead and there is a cannibal lurking around.

Gore includes: fetus eating, multiple stabbings, zombie-esque neck-biting, clever to the head, a hanging, and a dude who eats his own entrails.

If your just as sick of Hollywood as I am and want to see some real horror , check out Anthropaphagus.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cannibalism: The Other White Meat June 6, 2006
I like this movie. It's just so damned screwball. You just don't, all that often, see defeated cannibals eating their own guts in anthropophagic effigy. It's just not an everyday occurrence. I know what you're thinking. I've tried all the other options, but is cannibalism really right for me?

The movie is bottlenecked on an island that has mostly avoided the wiles of civilized (1980) technology. Apparently, by the time our intrepid cast arrives, the cannibal, Nikos, has assaulted nearly everyone with his anthropophagic fervor. However, a note of admonishment: Nikos is extremely wasteful, leaving whole corpses, mostly uneaten, to lie around and rot. This is an affront to all the starving cannibals in the world.

It takes a while for the horror to regenerate its presence after Nikos' initial slipshot murder of two non-related tourists at the beginning of the movie, but it gets there eventually. One by one, the cannibal stalks and kills his prey. Down they go, a bite here, a bite there. During the mausoleum/gobbled fetus scene, Nikos actually suffers a flashback to the impetus of his anthropophagic transformation. Stranded at sea on a tiny inflatable raft with his voluptuous wife, he contemplates using his dead son as sustenance and the wife, so repulsed by the idea, throws herself onto Nikos' knife, demanding that he cannibalize her instead. Utilizing Nikos as an anthropophagic archetype, cannibalism will impart to its host the following: hair loss, rugose forehead, superhuman strength and endurance. (Consult your physician immediately if you experience nausea, constipation, dizziness, ocular bleeding or sleeplessness.)

Finally, Nikos meets his demise at the business end of a rusty mattock.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat Your Heart Out March 27, 2007
Joe D'Amato's masterpiece Anthropophagus is both one of the finest and the least appreciated of the Italian Horror Golden Age. D'Amato had already established himself as the master of raw gore in Blue Holocaust (aka Beyond the Darkness aka Buried Alive), and the snuff movie footage in Emmanuelle in America (the inspiration for Videodrome). In his entry into the slasher genre, he enriches Anthropophagus with a steady build-up of layered atmosphere until he has recreated the old dark castle effect of the classic Universal monster movies of the 30s. Then he lets the blood flood. Released butchered in the states as Grim Reaper, this version is uncut and contains the films two highmarks: the scene where a fetus is pulled out of a pregnant woman and eaten, as well as the pull out your fingernails climax where cannibalism is taken to it's most extreme. Most haunting is the flashback explaining where the flesheater came from, it makes your stomach drop. This movie establishes D'Amato in the ranks of Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci as one of the masters of the spagetti nightmare.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A great movie, A great release.
This 2 Disc Shriek Show release was a pleasant surprise for me. An italian horror movie that was full of atmosphere, and some nice gore added to it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eduardo Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you very much
Published 1 month ago by Gary Hill
2.0 out of 5 stars The only reason I'm rating it as low as I ...
The only reason I'm rating it as low as I am is because I received a copy that didn't play... I'm not sure if it's just my dvd player or the dvd itself, but it didn't work :c
Published 3 months ago by Kayleigh
5.0 out of 5 stars cannibalistic abortion, yummy
Story: Vacationers take a trip to an island. Unknowingly to them the island's inhabitants have been consumed, by a crazed cannibalistic man- Nichos (George Eastman). Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dan the monster movie fan
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic for D'Amato and grindhouse fans
Most fans of D'Amato or grindhouse flicks have probably already seen this, so a review may not be necessary. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Grindhouse and Horror
2.0 out of 5 stars George Eastman Is Anthropophagus
This movie is pretty corny imo.

What kind of composer in their right mind makes such silly music that you hear when this film starts???? MY GOD! Read more
Published 14 months ago by FILMCRITIC1987
4.0 out of 5 stars Island Getaway...
Tisa Farrow (ZOMBIE) and a group of fellow tourists take a nice, relaxing boat trip to an island paradise. Oh no! Read more
Published on November 4, 2010 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars Chow Fest
This movie is great.

The antagonist wastes no time at all, he just goes right up to people and starts chowing away. Read more
Published on December 3, 2008 by Brent Heigold
4.0 out of 5 stars GORE, BLOOD AND SUSPENSE!
I remember seen this this movie with friends in Chicago when it was first released. It's one of the movies that still scares me! Read more
Published on November 12, 2008 by HAPPYWOLF
3.0 out of 5 stars "Feeding" fest on Greek islands
Straight to the point, this is an ok exploitation movie from Joe D'Amato. Not a bad idea, but the script remained poor. About the DVD edition, it is indeed the uncut version. Read more
Published on July 27, 2008 by Nostalgicman
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