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The Corpse Grinders (1972)

Sean Kenney , Monica Kelly , Ted V. Mikels  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Kenney, Monica Kelly
  • Directors: Ted V. Mikels
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MV9O3Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,748 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Lowlife cat food manufacturers grind humans into pet food producing horrifing unforseen side effects. Commentary track and bonus material included.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tender Vittles? October 28, 2001
"The Corpse Grinders" tells the tale of a near bankrupt cat food company that decides to cut costs by utilizing human corpses for their "premium blend" of kitty chow. Amazingly, this chow becomes a best seller, the only drawback being that once the felines have tasted human flesh they revert to a very primal state of maneateing. A doctor and his wife stumble across this plot and decide to investigate, which leads to various "horrific" conclusions. "The Corpse Grinders" can best be described as a ultra-low budget student film even though it is directed by the relatively prolific Ted V. Mikels. The acting, sets, sound and special effects are all very amatuerish. This does not detract from the film however as, if one takes it on this level, it is very fun and "campy". I truly enjoyed this film. The DVD presentation from Image is probably the best available. The source print has some damage and color saturation issues but for a low-budget film as this it seems unlikely that a better source material is available. The extras include director commentary which, unfortunately, I have yet to peruse, a very interesting still gallery that includes some shots from altered nude scenes and the theatrical trailer. The film is presented in a slight widescreen format 1.78:1. I would think that anyone who is a fan of "Blood Feast", "The Undertaker and His Pals" and "They Saved Hitler's Brain" will find themselves enjoying this film. Like the box says, I did not watch this with my cat!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ted V. Mikels Takes On The Pet Food Industry! January 19, 2004
Wow. That's all I can say after watching this, one of the silliest (and conceptually grossest) of all of Mikels' films. I am a true fan of bad movies, but I have mixed feelings on this one. On the one hand the director's commentary is very interesting, even though it's disturbing what he finds funny (no surprise there, I suppose...), and it is a fun movie to mock in a kind of 'Plan 9' way (The 'sets' of the hospital are amazingly realistic! Not!), certainly the plot is silly and fun to riff on. In essence we have a corrupt, near-bankrupt cat food magnate running the Lotus Cat Food Company who decides to cut costs by grinding up corpses, cadavers, and later his own victims. (That's a plus: it certainly beats 'downsizing'; laying off all your employees in the States and exporting their jobs overseas, as is all the managerial rage today.) The only problem is that once the cats taste human flesh, they return to their wild roots and attack their owners, killing them in the most hilarious 'attack' sequences you have ever seen. It is wonderful watching the people holding onto the killer cats for dear life, trying to keep them from running away while making it look like a life or death struggle. Eventually a doctor and nurse couple finds out what's going on and confronts the evil cat food magnate in the climactic scene.
So much for the good part. The bad part is that while very unrealistic, the movie was still gross, in a disgusting, dirty way. The repeated scene of the meat coming out of the meat grinder was not really especially gory, but it was used about a thousand times and got pretty tiresome. I like these nutty, cult movies, but I think Mikels has done better, and way more amusing, movies, such as "Girl in the Gold Boots".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A slightly above average low-budget schlocker March 28, 2003
This Ted V Mikels drive-in classic is definately worth at least a one-time glance. There isn't very much gore (as in some Herschell Gordon Lewis Productions) nor is there a lot of sex (as in most Russ Myer films) but this film does have some interesting characters and a unique storyline. It seems that the people at the Lotus Cat Food Company are using human flesh in their product in order to boost sales and sales are definately booming for the food "For Cats Who Love People". Trouble begins to unfold when cats all over town start to turn on their owners (the "cat attack" scenes in this film are totally off the wall!). Meanwhile, a young doctor and his blonde nurse begin to investigate the Lotus Cat Food Company and uncover the ghastly truth. The plot takes a strange twist when the company owners start using live cadavers in their product as opposed to the dead bodies they usually dig up from fresh graves...definately a must see for lovers of cult cinema! This DVD version contains the original theatrical trailer, commentary by director Ted V Mikels, a "behind the scenes" photo gallery, a rare music video entitled "Immaculate Contraption" and some highly entertaining trailers for other Ted V Mikels films.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars They Grind Corpses February 17, 2008
The Corpse Grinders is one of those Z grade "classics" that only appeals to a very small group of people. Most lovers of bad films are even turned off by this movie making it a kind of Cult cult movie, if such a term exists. Random folks are being attacked by their cats. Seems some loonies who run a cat food factory put corpses into the cat food, thus making the cats ravenous for human flesh. A doctor and his nurse girlfriend are out to get to the bottom of the madness. Basically that's the story, and a cool idea it is. The problem is that the movie has no edge to it. Many other Z grade exploitation directors had an edge or gimmick that made their films work, and made it easy for people to see past the low budget. Mikels, unlike his schlockmeister peers, HG Lewis, Russ Meyer, John Waters and Roger Corman, just didn't have anything new or unique to bring to the table. Ted Mikels has a cool idea, but it's not enough. No gore or nudity, or even humor for that matter(his film Astro Zombies was better in my opinion, though some might debate that). This movie might have worked out much better if it were played as camp. Sure, you really can't take what's going on seriously, but the movie seems to be taking itself quite seriously. There really aren't even any "so bad it's funny" type moments. Well, maybe one or two. I'd have to say the most entertaining way to view the movie is with Mikels' commentary track. While I do have to admit that I did actually enjoy this movie on some level, I can't recommend it to folks with any kind of confidence. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Horror Classic
This is one of the most fun horror movies of back in the day. It's a horror Classic. Check it out!
Published 9 months ago by JerseyGirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Its a riot!
Just as I remembered this "classic" when I saw it in a drive-in as a kid. This flick is so crazzzzzy, I remembered it for some 30 years or more. Read more
Published 17 months ago by mark schlesinger
3.0 out of 5 stars So bad it's good!
When I went out shopping, it was a lucky find. It's not exactly a cinematic masterpiece, but it's cheap kicks to pass the time. Read more
Published on December 29, 2010 by Dutchman
3.0 out of 5 stars Meooooowouch! Campy cat slasher from the 70's
Well, I'm not sure what exactly I was expecting. Cujo, the cat version maybe. "Schlock" director Ted V. Read more
Published on February 9, 2010 by C. Christopher Blackshere
1.0 out of 5 stars corpse grinders
My memories of the movie as a kid were quite a bit different than reality...hard to watch the whole thing
Published on February 5, 2010 by John K. Lassen
3.0 out of 5 stars grindhouse horror
a bit cheese, but if you like Hershell Gordon Lewis, you'll enjoy this film. It is a disturbing film for sure, especially for its time.
Published on April 8, 2008 by Spider Labyrinth
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Soylent Green For Kitties!...
MMM-MMM-MMM, come and get it! Ted V. Mikels (Astro Zombies) brings us this delectable dose of cretinous carnage entitled, THE CORPSE GRINDERS. Read more
Published on June 21, 2005 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful and wacky cult flick
This isn't for gore hounds but it is a treat for lovers of wacky cult cinema... and cat owners. The title and concept are great and this an enjoyably wacky little movie. Read more
Published on September 16, 2004 by J. H. Lesher
First of all, the script and acting are OK, not great, but good enough. But what makes this flick worth seeing are the interesting characters: the lady with one leg, the retarded,... Read more
Published on March 29, 2004 by R. A POKATILOFF
1.0 out of 5 stars Please Rent don't buy
Horrible Horrible please don't buy. Not worth the time to tell you how bad this movie really is.
Published on October 1, 2002
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