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Dr. Howard Glass
Monika Kelly ...
Angie Robinson
Sanford Mitchell ...
Landau
J. Byron Foster ...
Maltby
Warren Ball ...
Caleb
Ann Noble ...
Cleo
Vincent Barbi ...
Monk (as Vince Barbi)
Harry Lovejoy ...
The Neighbor
Earl Burnam ...
Mr. Desisto
Zena Foster ...
Mrs. Babcock
Ray Dannis ...
Mr. Babcock
Drucilla Hoy ...
Tessie
Charles Fox ...
Willie (as Charles 'Foxy' Fox)
Stephen Lester ...
The Mortician
William Kirschner ...
B.K. - Mort. Asst.
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When the Lotus Cat Food Company finds itself in financial trouble, the owners decide to find a new, cheap source of meat -- the local graveyard. Only one problem -- soon cats develop a taste for human flesh, and tabbies are tearing out throats all over town. Written by Ray Hamel

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21 April 1972 (West Germany)  »

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Caleb's wifey: [watching Caleb bring another body in the back door of their house] Oh not another one!
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Amusing and surprisingly well-paced, but still pretty bad
22 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Lotus Cat Food company are facing financial ruin, until they discover that by incorporating human flesh into their product, cats go wild and sales go up. But soon, cats go a bit too wild and start murdering and drinking the blood of their owners. When Dr. Howard Glass (Sean Kenney) is attacked, and performs an autopsy on another victim, he starts an investigation into the strange goings-on. Landau (Sanford Mitchell), the big boss at the company, seems to start enjoying the butchery, and employs various heavies to do the dirty deeds. But he finds himself at odds with his co-workers, who disapprove of the murders, and local gravedigger Caleb (Warren Ball), who has yet to be paid for his exploits.

One can only go into a film called The Corpse Grinders with a certain level of expectation, that being extremely low. Yet although the film is almost profoundly terrible, it's really not as bad as I expected. Helmed by exploitation hack Ted V. Mikels (director of the also wonderfully titled and fellow Grindhouse Project members Blood Orgy of the She- Devils (1972) and The Doll Squad (1973)), he at least attempts to put some directorial skill into the film, leaving out usual Grindhouse traits such as long, static, and uneventful shots, and scenes of women dancing to repetitive music. The film is pretty well paced, shifting from Glass' investigations to Landau's increasingly murderous schemes to keep things moderately interesting.

However, I'm saying this is half-decent for a Grindhouse film. As an actual film, it is admittedly bad. The few scenes depicting the cat attacks are laughable (I mean, how can a cat overpower a human being? Just throw the f****r against a wall!), and the gore predictably ropey. The actual 'corpse grinder' machine looks made of cardboard, and poses so many questions about functionality that I'm not going to get into it. I did laugh out loud at the ridiculous made-up sign language that Landau uses (he just seems to shake his hand a lot), so at least there's some fun to be had. As hard as it is to say it, I'm actually looking forward to seeing more of Mikels' films, as he seems to be in the vein of one of the my guilty pleasures Herschell Gordon Lewis.

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