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The Corpse Grinders (1971)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Bone-Crushing Terror! Spine-Tingling Chills! See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Caleb's wifey: [watching Caleb bring another body in the back door of their house] Oh not another one!
Caleb: What are you babbling about?
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Stop press! Mikels makes half decent movie shock!
5 July 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

I was almost going to totally write off Ted V. Mikels as one of the most talentless and boring directors of all time after watching his tedious turkeys 'Blood Orgy Of The She Devils' and 'The Doll Squad'. But after watching 'The Corpse Grinders' I'm now not so sure. This is arguably his best known movie, and the thing is it's actually quite good! Not "great" or "hilarious fun" mind you, but "quite good", and for him, that's high praise indeed. It's cheap, tacky and amateurishly acted, but strangely entertaining just the same. A doctor and his nurse girlfriend (Sean Kenney and Monika Kelly) investigate a spate of cat attacks (!) which they suspect has something to do with gourmet cat food. And it does, but in not exactly the most obvious way. This is a very stupid movie but surprisingly enjoyable, especially when you see that it was co-written by Arch Hall Jr, of 'Eegah' infamy! The best parts for me are the cat attacks, which have to be seen to be believed, and the oddball bodysnatchers played by Warren Ball (Caleb) and Ann Noble (Cleo), who are both wacky and creepy. I can't hardly believe I'm typing this, but I actually LIKED 'The Corpse Grinders', and I recommend it to trash lovers, especially fans of (early) Roger Corman and Herschell Gordon Lewis.


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