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The Corpse Grinders
Die Totenmühle / Die Leichenmühle

USA 1972
produced by
Ted V. Mikels, Peter James (executive) for CG Productions, T.V. Mikels Film Corporation
directed by Ted V. Mikels
starring Sean Kenney, Monika Kelly, Sanford Mitchell, J.Byron Foster, Warren Ball, Ann Noble, Vincent Barbi, Harry Lovejoy, Earl Burnam, Zena Foster, Ray Dannis, Drucilla Hoy, Charles Fox, Stephen Lester, William Kirschner, Curt Matson, George Bowden, Don Ellis, Mike Garrison, Andy Collings, Sherri Vernon, Richard Gilden
written by Joseph Cranston, Arch Hall sr, special effects by Gary R. Heacock

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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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 much ...

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 lot.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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