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Julie (Tisa Farrow) persuades a bunch of yachting tourists - Andy (Saverio
Vallone), Daniel (Mark Bodin), Carol (Zora Kerova), Jacob, Arnold (Bob Larsen)
& his pregnant wife Maggie (Serena Grandi) - to take her to some secluded
island paradise where she plans to meet up with her friends. However, once on
the island, they find it deserted, & when they go investigating, leaving
only Maggie & Jacob back on the boat, he is promptly decapitated & she
The others meanwhile grow increasingly worried about the absence
of people on the island, even the fishing village is completely empty, except
for one weird woman (Rubina Rey) who always just escapes them, & one of
Julie's friends, blind Henriette (Margaret Mazzantini), who seems to be totally
in shock, & the only thing our little group can find out is that a maniac
killer might be loose on the island ... which for some reason causes them to
split up (!).
Soon, the maniac killer (George Eastman) catches up with Daniel
& takes a bite of his throat. Later, he catches up with Arnold, who has
since found Maggie - still alive - in some catacombs littered with corpses,
& the killer shows little hesitation in first killing him, then pulling out
the fetus of Maggie's womb with his bare hands & devouring it (the fetus
was actually a skinned rabbit).
The others meanwhile have made it to the
mansion of the Karamanlis, who own half of the island, & after finally
catching up with that elusive weird woman - who immediately hangs herself -
they learn a secret or 2 about the maniac ... he is actually Nikos Karamanlis,
who - as mantioned - owned half the island, but one day, he & his wife
& child had a yachting accident, & to survive in a lifeboat without any
food, he had to kill his wife & child & devour them. When he came back
home, he had gone crazy. His sister - the elusive weird woman - tried to keep
him calm by feeding him with lots & lots of meat, but he just wanted more
& more & started killing & eating up the villagers one by one,
& once they were all gone, he used our tourist group to continue his
Soon it seems only Julie & Henriette are left alive,
& they bolt themselves up in the attic, but our mad Nikos knows another way
to get in ... from above, just crashing the roof. That way he soon gets a taste
of Henriette before Julie somehow pushes him down to the ground ... but his
diet seems to have made him somewhat more resistant against gravity inflicted
wounds, so when Julie finally goes down to look for Nikos' body, she has to
find him pretty much alive, & boy has he worked up an appetite !
thing that all of a sudden Andy shows up & slits open Nikos' belly ...
which leads Nikos, still hungry, to eat up his own entrails ...
film has garnered some reputation for being the one where George Eastman eats a
fetus, & its notoriety was only heightened by the fact that for years there
(seemingly) was no uncut copy available, & even now most DVDs available are
All that however cannot hide the fact that Antropophagus is an
incredibly dull movie. There are some gruesome (but not too well made)
gore-scenes alright, but they are held together by an incredibly tedious plot,
in which annoying one-dimensional characters talk about totally insignificant
bullshit & invariably do things that noone in his or her right mind would
do thrown into comparable situations (like split up when they know a murderous
maniac is around) ... which of course doesn't help the suspense one bit
(occasionally you will catch yourself just wanting the characters to die).
funny though that this movie has garnered such a reputation while some of
director D'Amato's better work (& he, as a whole, was not necessarily
a man known for restraint or subtleties) has now waned into obscurity, or, like
the way superior suspense-thriller Rosso
Sangue, is now marketed as a sequel to Antropophagus.