Antropophagus (1980)

3.5 out of 5

The crypt used was a real one and it contained real bones but to add to the impact D'Amato decided to hire some more fake prop bones. When filming was complete and the fake bones collected it seems that they inadvertently scooped up the real bones with the fake. This sums up the whole approach of this cinematic outlaw.

Anthropophagus, was penned over a weekend by star George Eastman and largely funded with the proceeds of yet another porno quickie. The notorious foetus eating scene being the result of discussions between the pair about what could be the most shocking thing they could give viewers was achieved by using a rabbit covered in bacon rashers. However the British establishment were, in yet another fit of hyperbole, convinced that the film was in fact a snuff movie.

What Anthropophagus did illustrate is that, when he wanted to, Joe D'Amato could make a half decent picture beyond cutting porn films around pirate stock footage. Some of the technical aspects of the film work really well and make the whole thing pretty creepy and atmospheric.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics