The Corpse Grinders (1971)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  21 April 1972 (West Germany)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Dr. Howard Glass
Monika Kelly ...
Angie Robinson
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Warren Ball ...
Ann Noble ...
Vincent Barbi ...
Monk (as Vince Barbi)
Harry Lovejoy ...
The Neighbor
Earl Burnam ...
Mr. Desisto
Zena Foster ...
Mrs. Babcock
Ray Dannis ...
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Drucilla Hoy ...
Charles Fox ...
Willie (as Charles 'Foxy' Fox)
Stephen Lester ...
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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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Release Date:

21 April 1972 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Night of the Howling Beast  »

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$47,000 (estimated)

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In a 1971 radio ad, they announced to see this film the viewer needed to sign a waiver before you entered the theater, saying you are assured of your mind, sound and body, and The theater or distributor's cannot be liable if a person was horrified so greatly you became ill. See more »


Caleb's wifey: [watching Caleb bring another body in the back door of their house] Oh not another one!
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Let's Start a Pet Food Racket...that's Where the Big Bucks Is.

"She loved that old tomcat.Yes she did." Too bad Annie's old tomcat was fed Lotus cat food. Made from the ground flesh of corpses, Lotus cat food is the product of a greedy plot to make easy money from cat owners looking to feed their cats. But, the trouble (according to the doctor's encyclopedia entry about flesh-eating cats)is that the cats fed the Lotus cat food become accustomed to the taste of ground human flesh, and quit hunting the flesh of faster animals. Makes sense to me. Cats begin attacking humans in the town, leaping into the neck, and shredding the flesh. Oddly, the cats refrain from actually eating the humans,or even making much of a mess of the corpses by, say, drinking the blood or something, contrary to the explanation given by the encyclopedia article.

Corpse Grinders is a good film. Any movie with the following elements can't be too bad: every character lacks peripheral vision (such a common affliction among characters in B films); the batty wife of one of the racketeers tenderly cares for a pint sized baby doll while complaining of bodies piling up in the living room; the pointless inclusion of a mute chick with a crutch and the miraculous ability to communicate using pidgin sign language; and the music from Blood Feast playing during a rather Blood Feast-like killing scene. However, the film is kind of lacking imagination. Despite the couple of odd characters, it's pretty straight forward camp. Still, I'd rather watch this than countless other films. Also, if you're watching the DVD version, make sure to sit through the (brief) credits in order to see the awesome trailer, which I would give 10/10, if I could rate it alone.

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