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Cannibal Apocalypse (1980)
"Apocalypse domani" (original title)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  August 1982 (USA)
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Giovanni Lambardo Radice and John Saxon are Vietman vets that bring back contagious virus that turn people into cannibals when bitten.


(as Anthony M. Dawson)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Hopper
Elizabeth Turner ...
Jane Hopper
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ...
Charlie Bukowski (as John Morghen)
Cinzia De Carolis ...
Mary (as Cindy Hamilton)
Tony King ...
Tom Thompson
Wallace Wilkinson ...
Captain McCoy
Ramiro Oliveros ...
Dr. Phil Mendez (as Ray Williams)
John Geroson ...
Officer Parker
May Heatherly ...
Nurse Helen
Ronnie Sanders ...
Vic Perkins ...
Jere Beery ...
Biker Leader
Joan Riordan ...
Aunt Tina
Brunette Jogger
Lonnie R. Smith Jr. ...
Biker (as Lonnie Smith)


It starts off in Vietnam where John Saxon gets bitten by P.O.W. John Morghen who has been infected with some sort of cannibal virus. A few decades later in Atlanta, Georgia, Saxon wakes up from a nightmare flashback of what actually happened back in 'Nam. Saxon then receives a call from Morghen asking him if he wants to go out for a drink but Saxon refuses remembering the incident in 'Nam. Morghen has turned into a cannibal and is soon on the run after biting into a woman's neck. He barricades himself in a department store and shoots some folks with a shotgun. The cannibal virus spreads and soon Saxon joins veterans Morghen and Tony King along with some others to wreak some havoc. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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POW's in Vietnam...starved in captivity...released with a taste for human flesh. See more »


Horror | Thriller


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August 1982 (USA)  »

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The film watched by Bukowski on the cinema is From Hell to Victory (1979) which starred May Heatherly, who plays the role of the infected nurse Helen. See more »


The blood on Charlie Bukowski's lips during the flea market shootout scene. See more »


Captain McCoy: Charlie can you hear me?
Charlie Bukowski: I can hear you. Shitface.
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A horror movie about some hard-bitten Vietnam vets.
18 September 2010 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Yet another infamous horror "classic" from the Video Nasty era that isn't really all that good when rated according to standard movie criteria but that somehow worms it's way into the hearts of many genre fans who catch it (no pun intended).

The basic plot concerns Vietnam vet Norman Hopper (played by the legend that is John Saxon), a man having nightmares recalling the time he saved two imprisoned comrades (played by Giovanni Lombardo Radice aka John Morghen and Tony King) only after they had turned to cannibalism. After months in a psychiatric unit, one of the men is allowed out to mix with the general public but it's not long before he's getting hunger pangs and spreading cannibalism in a viral form. And considering that Hopper was bitten by his comrades while rescuing them it's only a matter of time before he has to consider just what his diet wants added to it.

Directed, and co-written, by Antonio Margheriti and having lots of common with numerous zombie movies as well as David Cronenberg's Rabid, this film may disappoint gorehounds due to it's relatively tame approach (though it's still no kiddie movie) but it's a solid, enjoyable horror movie with the usual mix of blood, babes and bad acting that everyone came to expect from their Euro-horror of the 70s and 80s.

Saxon is as good as always while most of the other actors really don't manage to keep up. Wallace Wilkinson is good value as an exasperated police captain and Radice can roll his eyes and spit out cursewords with aplomb but there really isn't anyone here troubling any of the greats with their acting style. But the acting and dialogue is to be preferred over the horrid soundtrack so every cloud has a silver lining and all that.

Although, as mentioned above, there isn't that much gore on display here what there IS is done well, especially a fantastic display of damage caused by a shotgun. The camera occasionally dwells on a moment of blood and flesh but it's really more of a virus/containment movie than an outright munchfest so bear that in mind if/when you ever get around to seeing it.

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