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

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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
Orderly
Vic Perkins ...
Biker
Jere Beery ...
Biker Leader
Joan Riordan ...
Aunt Tina
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Brunette Jogger
Lonnie R. Smith Jr. ...
Biker (as Lonnie Smith)
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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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In the jungle, or in the the city, still they must EAT! See more »

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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 »

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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 »

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Captain McCoy: Charlie can you hear me?
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Chow down

In your face horror/action violence is here for you if you want it. Dawson also directed Flesh for Frankenstein and Blood for Dracula, but the films are often credited to Paul Morrisey. Influenced by, and occasionally imitating both Fulci's Zombie and Romero's Dawn of the Dead, Cannibal Apocalypse is graphic, silly, exploitative fun. It is far similar to the films produced in the wake of Romero's social comment filled classic than the cannibal subgenre suggested in its title that animated after the success of Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust.

Opening with an American attack on a Vietnam camp where two POWs, Charlie (Giovanni Lombardo Radice, of Cannibal Ferox, House on the Edge of the Park and City of the Living Dead) and Tommy (Tony King of The Last Hunter & Sharkey's Machine) are found feasting on a young native girl. The leader of the US squad, Hopper (ex-male model and great regular genre actor, John Saxon) is bitten by one of these madmen, driven to cannibalism by Vietnam horror. Cut to 1982, Charlie is released from an asylum. Top of his to do list is ring his old mate, Hopper. Now married and having an affair with the Lolita-like girl next door (Cinzia De Carolis from Argento's Cat O' Nine Tails) has began developing a taste for human flesh. Fear of becoming a member of his mate's cannibal group, he chooses not to see Charlie. Disappointed with his friend he falls of the wagon and chomps down on a pretty girl in the local cinema.

To cut a long story short, Hopper eventually teams up with his old ‘Nam mates and they go a cannibal spree around the city, infecting all those with a rabies-like virus.

Gore highlights, courtesy of FX wizard, Giannetto De Rossi (Zombie, The Beyond, Living Dead at Manchester Morgue) include - a girl having her breast torn away and eaten, a doctor having his tongue bitten out then spat next to his dying body, a garage mechanic having his thigh sliced like a slab of beef and, the best of all, Charlie has his stomach blown through and the camera lingers on the large football sized hole in his midriff. The gore isn't that offensive but it is excessive. The film was banned in the UK along with many other cannibal films during the Video Nasties scandal and still remains so toady. A DVD is available though on region one full of extras.
























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