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Cannibal Apocalypse (1980)

  Tags: 80's, Antonio Margheriti, Cannibal Apocalypse, cannibalism, Cinzia De Carolis, Elizabeth Turner, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, gory, John Saxon, Tony King, underrated

Your rating: None Average: 7 (3 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
7

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Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Antonio Margheriti
Runtime: 
91 minutes
Cast: 
John Saxon, Elizabeth Turner, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Cinzia De Carolis, Tony King


I heard a lot of positive stuff on this film before seeing it, so I knew it would be good, but I didn't think I'd enjoy it as much as I did. It had a cool original story and a good amount of gore. The story is mainly about a Vietnam vet who is released from a small institution due to over-crowding and because they thought he was cured from being cannibalistic. Once he is released he tries to catch up with his old commander, but is shunned, because of an incident years ago when he was held prisoner - when the commander tried to help free them he was bitten on the arm.

After being turned down the vet roams the city streets and it doesn't take long before he starts to get those undeniable cannibalistic urges again. Similar to rabies, once a person is bite they get the "virus" and turn cannibal themselves. Not-soon-after people from the city are infected. What I really liked about this movie was the fact that it had cannibals in a big city. It's rare that you see that kind of thing, because usually cannibal movies take place in a wooded or secluded area. Moving it to a big city with many people makes it a lot more interesting. I just wished a zombie film would do the same.

The acting and directing is pretty good. You'd think that since it is a cannibal movie that it would be loaded with gore, but that's not entirely true. It does have some really cool gore scenes, but overall it doesn't have a lot of gore. I guess that's works for the better because the film would have been like most other cannibal movies. I think it really works out only having the gore in specific scenes. One of my fav. gore scenes would have to be when someone gets shot in the stomach with a shotgun and you see a huge hole where he was shot. Very sweet. I would have given the movie a higher-rating, but it did have a couple small plot-holes, but other than that it was a good movie.

Should please any cannibal-movie fan. Not overloaded with gore, but does have some nice gore scenes. Check this out if you can.

Posted on February 5, 2010 - 11:08am | FrighT MasteR

 

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