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Cannibal Apocalypse (1982)

John Saxon , Elizabeth Turner , Antonio Margheriti  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: John Saxon, Elizabeth Turner, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Cinzia De Carolis, Tony King
  • Directors: Antonio Margheriti
  • Writers: Antonio Margheriti, Dardano Sacchetti
  • Producers: Edmondo Amati, Maurizio Amati, Sandro Amati
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 19, 2002
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Y6YS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,653 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cannibal Apocalypse" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New digitally remastered widescreen transfer
  • Cannibal Apocalypse Redux: An exclusive documentary featuring John Saxon, John Morghen, and Antonio Margheriti
  • Apocalypse in the Streets: a video tour of filming locations
  • European theatrical trailer
  • Japanese teaser
  • Poster and still gallery
  • The Butchering of Cannibal Apocalypse: a new text essay
  • Liner notes by film journalist Travis Crawford

Editorial Reviews

The horrors of war take on a whole new meaning for Vietnam vet Norman Hopper ("Enter the Dragon's" John Saxon), whose quiet domestic life in Atlanta is shattered by the return of Charlie Bukowski, a combat buddy who dredges up terrifying flashbacks of flesh eating and bloodshed in the war-torn jungles. Now on the run from the law, Charlie begs Norman to help him get out of town with another fellow veteran, Tom ("Shaft's" Tony King). Soon the ragtag team of cannibals are fighting for their lives, spreading a deadly contagion through the city before heading into the sewers for a gut-wrenching climax you won't soon forget! One of the most infamous Italian horror films of all time, "Cannibal Apocalypse" was heavily censored in many countries, but now you can finally experience this thrilling collision of action-packed combat and monstrous horror from cult director Antonio Margheriti (Castle of Blood) in its original gory splendor for the first time in the U.S.!

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Preety good horror action movie. March 20, 2005
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Norman Hopper ( John Saxton from "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Enter the Dragon")is a former Vietnam vet living a normal life in Altanta Georgia with a wife. He still has painful memories with his times in Vietnam involving slaughtering some enemies and seeing cannibalism there, his war friend Charlie Bukowski ( John Morghen a.k.a. Giovanni Lombardo Radice from "City of the Living Dead" and " Cannibal Ferox")has been in the mental hospital for long and has been released. Charlie does have some kind of curse or virus in him still from Vietnam for a taste of human flesh as he unexpectedly takes a bite of flesh out of a person, now he is running from the authorities but suddenly the cannibalistic curse or virus also hits Hopper and another former vietnam vet named Tom are now on a campaign for cannibalism in the city to spread their disease.

Interesting and disgusting mix of horror and action from the director of Castle of Blood Antonio Margheriti. What makes it work is that there is some nasty gore scenes like the infamous shotgun wound scene and eating chunks out of human flesh, a cool if cheesy funk soundtrack with a war theme that almost sounds like the theme to "G.I. Joe", a grisly twist in the end and the film is also a metaphore on how the horrors of vietnam can affect a soldier and this is one of Quentin Taratino's personal faves.

The DVD has some very good extras like a documentary with the cast and director discussing about the film, two trailers, a video tour on the locations in Atlanta where the movie was filmed, cast and crew filmographies, a booklet, poster and still gallery and a text essay on the censorship of this movie when it came out here in the U.S.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ACTION/SPLATTER CLASSIC! April 24, 2002
By Bob
Format:DVD
Lot's of people will tell you that this movie is mediocre, if not terrible, but I bought this movie on DVD with high hopes and man was I suprised. This movie is great if your looking for a cannibal movie that isn't terribly disturbing, yet has lot's of action and some gore scenes that you would think would be cult classics! Like Bukowski's demise... I've had this DVD for five days and I already watched it three times, from beginning to end!
I definetly reccomend this for splatter/action fans and horror completists.
A bonus is that laughable funk music in some action scenes-ITS GREAT!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Saxon+Radice+Italy+Cannibals=Good Stuff! April 20, 2003
Format:DVD
Here's an Italian horror flick that's a cut above the rest. It's not as corny as most of the films in the genre(though it is still a bit corny), but the actors pull it off nicely. Of course we've got Giovanni Radice, who once again is great in his offbeat performance. As you probably know already, John Saxon(a fantastic actor not given his due) was lured into this one, and it's very amusing to see him in this kind of film. I think this film is hyped up to be alot gorier than it actually is(the notorious "sewer shootout", while cool and all, just isn't as gruesome as you're led to believe), though the violence is executed nicely here. As opposed to Fulci, who's violence is very slow and drawn out, this film's violence is quick, realistic and frantic. Also, the film's star isn't the gore or violence, but the strength of the performances and story, which is rare for this kind of thing. There are long stretches without any violence at all, and in my eyes, wasn't at all boring. Usually in this kind of flick, you couldn't care less about the characters and their problems.....you just want to get on with the gore man! You want the impalements and the cannibal feasts and the moldy, cruddy zombies blown to smithereens! Well, Cannibal Apocalypse is a truly standout flick that combines the best of both worlds.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eat it. Just eat it. July 15, 2008
Format:DVD
Key lime pie. Spinach. Tofu. Goat cheese. Caviar. My mom's meatloaf. Human flesh.
Some things are acquired tastes. A few soldiers develop an appetite for cannibalism while fighting in Vietnam. Not sure how, they just contracted the urge to eat people. A war disease, of sorts. War changes a man, but this metamorphosis was quite unexpected.

Tarantino fave Antonio Margheriti jumps on the cannibal bandwagon of the late 70's-early 80's. He steers it a different direction though, instead of bloody bedlam in the jungle, these vampiresque savage chompers wreck havoc back in the city. This stars some great horror regulars, most notably John Saxon(Black Christmas, Elm Street)

This has some nice stylized murders, plus a great gory scene with a circular saw. But the death rate never gets to apocalyptic levels, I'm a little sad to say. As far as cannibal films go, this is pretty tame. Still, it's a worthy addition to a cannibal lovers film library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! January 7, 2008
By BUB13
Format:DVD
A former vietnam vet named Hopper (Played by John Saxton) has reoccuring nightmares about his times in vietnam as for now he's a married man and living a normal life like any other person. Two of his former soldier friends become infected by some strange virus that makes them hunger for flesh and go berserk in the city causing some mayhem even at a movie theater, Hopper even finds himself infected with the virus joining up with the cannibalistic soldiers to go on a spree of eating people..

Gory and violent Italian/Spanish action horror thriller that also co-stars John Morghen whom is best known for roles in movies like "House on The Edge of the Park", "City of the Living Dead" and "Cannibal Ferox". The film came here to the United States in a cut version called "Invasion of the Flesh-Hunters" but now on DVD it's fully uncut and uncensored with the gore restored, sure there's not much in the plot but there is some good action sequences and some nasty gore effects like the buzz-saw slicing of someone's leg. Considered to be a personal favorite of Quentin Tarantino, the movie has grown to become a cult fave and is one of the better European horror flicks of the early 80's.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A different turn in the late 70's early 80's cannibal era.
The director of this film i believe was more of an action film guy, if im not mistaken.
This film does have some action and decent gore scenes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by FILMCRITIC1987
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually has a great storyline.
This movie is different from other movies in the cannibal genre. Although the beginning starts off in the jungles, most of the action takes place in the city. Read more
Published 9 months ago by bobzombie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie in a wonderful DVD release
I saw this movie years ago unfortunately in a cut version, but now in this DVD release, the movie finally gets the publication he deserves. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Baron Blood
5.0 out of 5 stars john saxon classic!
i love this film. i own a copy of it. anytime i get in the mood for a cannibal film "lite-on-it's-feet" i watch this one. Read more
Published on March 27, 2010 by Chris Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse? Well...
Ok, I must admit that I was a bit let down by this movie. I mean, with a title like CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE, I was expecting an all-out war between the flesh-eating hordes and their... Read more
Published on June 13, 2007 by Bindy Sue FrÝnkŁnschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody good fun!
I'm a huge fan of Italian director Antonio Margheriti, aka Anthony M. Dawson, even though I haven't seen very many of his films. How can this be? Read more
Published on May 23, 2007 by Jeffrey Leach
3.0 out of 5 stars horror/action/anti war italian trash
i had very high hopes when i bought cannibal apocalypses. after watching it i have to say that i am kinda dissapointed. Read more
Published on December 11, 2006 by Luis Juarbe
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Cannibal Flick.
To be honest I really wasn't expecting much from Cannibal Apocalypse, while I was expecting at least a fairly decent movie it came out much better than I thought. Read more
Published on November 29, 2006 by Dave. K
5.0 out of 5 stars THE SLASHING OF A SLASHER MOVIE
It's about time an uncut version of this flick was made available. I first saw this movie on the big screen in the early 80s when I was stationed in the Phillipines. Read more
Published on November 11, 2006 by Chris Guy
2.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was cannibal holocaust
This movie was kinda boring. I was looking for cannibal holocaust, but wasn't sure of the name. This movie had a couple of OK parts, but get cannibal holocaust it's much better... Read more
Published on November 9, 2006 by Phillip C. Wellings
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