5.7/10
2,243
66 user 61 critic

Cannibal Apocalypse (1980)

Apocalypse domani (original title)
Giovanni Lambardo Radice and John Saxon are Vietman vets that bring back contagious virus that turn people into cannibals when bitten.

Director:

(as Anthony M. Dawson)

Writers:

(screenplay) (as Anthony M. Dawson), (screenplay) (as Jimmy Gould) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Eaten Alive! (1980)
Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A young woman teams up with an adventurer to find her missing sister in the jungles of New Guinea and they stumble upon a religious cult led by a deranged preacher whom has located his commune in an area inhabited by cannibals.

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Robert Kerman, Janet Agren, Ivan Rassimov
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A professor opens a crypt and reanimates rotten zombies. The zombies attack a jet-set-group which is celebrating a party in a villa nearby...

Director: Andrea Bianchi
Stars: Karin Well, Gianluigi Chirizzi, Simone Mattioli
Sacrifice! (1972)
Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

After a photographer is captured by a native tribe and put through several trials, he must fight to protect the village and his new love interest, the chief's daughter.

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Ivan Rassimov, Me Me Lai, Prasitsak Singhara
Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Three friends out to disprove cannibalism meet two men on the run who tortured and enslaved a cannibal tribe to find emeralds, and now the tribe is out for revenge.

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Lorraine De Selle, Danilo Mattei
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Two low-life punks invite themselves to a party at a posh villa and after being taunted by their snobbish hosts, hold everyone hostage and subject them to various forms of torture and mayhem.

Director: Ruggero Deodato
Stars: David Hess, Annie Belle, Christian Borromeo
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A group of tourists become stranded on an uninhabited island where they are stalked by an insane, violent, and grotesque killer that slaughtered the town's former residents.

Director: Joe D'Amato
Stars: Tisa Farrow, Saverio Vallone, Serena Grandi
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An airplane exposed to radiation lands, and blood drinking zombies emerge armed with knives, guns and teeth! They go on a rampage slicing, dicing, and biting their way across the Italian countryside.

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Hugo Stiglitz, Laura Trotter, Maria Rosaria Omaggio
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

The members of an expedition in search for the last faithful of Kito, the cannibal god, land on a small island in the Moluccas (East Indies) and are soon hunted by cannibals and zombies, ... See full summary »

Director: Marino Girolami
Stars: Ian McCulloch, Alexandra Delli Colli, Sherry Buchanan
Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An oil prospector escapes from capture by a primitive cannibal tribe in the Philippine rain forest and heads out to locate his missing companion and their plane to return home.

Director: Ruggero Deodato
Stars: Massimo Foschi, Me Me Lai, Ivan Rassimov
Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A girl and her brother fly to New Guinea to look for a lost expedition, led by her husband, which has vanished in the great jungle.

Director: Sergio Martino
Stars: Ursula Andress, Stacy Keach, Claudio Cassinelli
Contamination (1980)
Adventure | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A former astronaut helps a government agent and a police detective track the source of mysterious alien pod spores, filled with lethal flesh-dissolving acid, to a South American coffee plantation controlled by alien pod clones.

Director: Luigi Cozzi
Stars: Ian McCulloch, Louise Marleau, Marino Masé
Zombi 3 (1988)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

When a terrorist's body, infected with a stolen chemical, is recovered by the US military, the corpse is cremated, unintentionally releasing the virus/bacteria into the atmosphere over a ... See full summary »

Directors: Lucio Fulci, Claudio Fragasso, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Deran Sarafian, Beatrice Ring, Ottaviano Dell'Acqua
Edit

Cast

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)
...
Tom Thompson
Wallace Wilkinson ...
Captain McCoy
Ramiro Oliveros ...
Dr. Phil Mendez (as Ray Williams)
John Geroson ...
Policeman
May Heatherly ...
Nurse Helen
Ronnie Sanders ...
Orderly
Vic Perkins ...
Biker
Jere Beery ...
Biker Leader
Joan Riordan ...
Aunt Tina
...
Brunette Jogger
Lonnie R. Smith Jr. ...
Biker (as Lonnie Smith)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

18 September 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cannibal Apocalypse  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Mr. Hopper exits the door, Mrs. Hopper has a brown shawl on. The camera cuts to a close-up of Mrs. Hopper with no shawl on then returns to a shot of Mrs. Hopper with the shawl back on. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Norman Hopper: Get away from it you asshole... get away take cover
See more »

Connections

Featured in Zarpazos! Un Viaje Por El Spanish Horror (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The one movie that instantly made Antonio Margheriti one of my favorite directors of Italian genre movies.
20 September 2009 | by (the Doomed Megalopolis of Blasphemous Technoids) – See all my reviews

A cannibal-movie that actually tries and succeeds to be different. This movie transcends the cannibal genre and becomes something else. You'll have to get past the silly & inept Vietnam opening-scene, but then this movie turns into an urban tale of virus-outbreak. A cannibal-virus, that is. There's some violence, there's some drama, there's some nudity, there's some very nice gore and there are four cannibal-fugitives on the run. Awesome mixture that works! Add to that a satisfying ending, and we've got a hit! A hit with John Saxon in it, no less. "Cannibal Apocalypse" indeed feels, at times, a bit like Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" (1978), but the one movie that kept coming to my mind was David Cronenberg's "Rabid" (1977). So if you're tired of all those "half naked cannibals eating human flesh and slaughtering animals in the jungle"-flicks, and if Umberto Lenzi's "Nightmare City" (1980) just made you laugh instead of anything else, then go watch Antonio Margheriti's "Cannibal Apocalypse" (aka "Invasion of the Flesh Hunters"). And make 100% sure you get a hold of the uncut version.


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Review - UK uncut release toms_lair
Should I get this one? snoblingoblin
Sexy Cannibals? jjchipol
Charle Bukowski communications-9
Vestron Release ThunderDemon82
John Saxon - Pirate? Zombie? CANNIBAL gingerpete
Discuss Cannibal Apocalypse (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?