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The catfood that Lando (Sanford Mitchell) and Maltby (J.Byron Foster)
are producing is selling excellently - and why ? Because of their special
ingredients, human flesh they are continuously buying from graverobber
Caleb (Warren Ball). It all started back when they had to kill
Babcock (Ray Dannis), the actual owner of the catfood factory and threw
his corpse into the meatgrinder - and it turned out that special
ingredience is a hit with the kitties. There's only one small side
effect: cats who have been fed the catfood start developing an unhealthy
appetite for human flesh, so much so that they attack and kill humans -
however, nobody seems too concerned to make a connection between the
kittie-killings and the kitties' food ...
Well, nobody but Doc Howard (Sean Kenney) and nurse Angie (Monika
Kelly), who soon start a little investigation of their own, but at first
they seem to run against locked doors: The FDA only shows a mild, polite
interest, City Hall has very little information on the company, and even
dead Babcock's wife (Zena Foster) seems to not care too much as to where
her hubby might be. And even when Howard and Angie show up at the catfood
factory using a stupid pretense, Lando and Maltby seem to not worry too
Things at the factory have meanwhile taken a turn for the worse, since
Lan do has figured they don't need the services of Caleb anymore and
therefore killed him, while Maltby has gone on a killing spree, offing
winos by the dozen, to be able to provide the special ingredience ...
Eventually though, Angie, rather stupidly, decides to snoop around in
the factory on her own for a little - and she is caught by Lando, who
gives her the big tour through the factory and has her see their large
selection of bodyparts, before preparing her for the meat grinder. Then
Howard, who has since dealt with Maltby, shows up, but even he is
overcome by Lando ... who in the end is shot though by a federal agent,
who has been investigating the disappearance of Babcock and just happened
to be in the neighbourhood.
The last shot shows cats closing in on dead Lando and beginning to eat
him up ...
Don't be fooled, my synopsis makes this film more gorey than it
actually is, actual gore effects are rather kept to a minimum, the corpse
grinder itself is nothing more but a big box where you put in people on
one side to get out ground meat on the other, the actual grinding-process
is not shown, and cute little kitties as killers does fail to have
any real menacing effect.
That said, is Corpse Grinders a bad film ?
Very probably so. But somehow, despite these shortcomings, despite the
way too low budget, despite wooden acting performances, despite a siolly
script and bad dialogue, you might find yourself liking this movie ... a