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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.


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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 »


Norman Hopper: All you have to do is piss on it, remember?
Charlie Bukowski: Right. Just piss on.
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

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A cannibal film you can really sink your teeth into!
21 January 2014 | by (Alabama) – See all my reviews

I have not seen all that many cannibal films, in fact, the only other one I have seen is the zombie/cannibal mash up, "Zombie Holocaust". I have seen previews from some of the other cannibal films and from what I have seen, I just am not all that keen on seeing them. The reason I wanted to see this one is because it sounded more interesting than those films in that it does not take place within the jungles and cannibalism in this film is transferred much like rabies. It also starred John Saxon and he does a rather good job here which is funny in that he really did not like making this film. Of course, the director was not all that happy about this one either. Nor was the one actor who played, Bob in City of the Living Dead, basically saying that this is the worst film he played in. So apparently, the way to make a good cannibal film is to bring a bunch of people together who do not want to make the film and force them too and the result ends up being a very nice Italian splatter film.

The story has a Vietnam veteran who is trying to cope with nightmares he is having about the time he saved his buddies in Nam. Apparently, one of them, chomped his arm and now he has started to have cravings for meat. One of his friends goes on a rampage during what is sort of a weekend pass out of a mental institution and soon he and his buddy still locked up begin to melt down and revert to the flesh eating that they ended up turning to when in Vietnam. Turns out they also transfer this condition to others and soon the police are having to try and stop the three Nam buddies and a nurse, before they can infect the entire city with this strange virus.

The film was good and fast paced as it never lingered to long on pointless plot points to pad out the film like so many lower budget horror films tend to do. There is ample gore, but never does it go overboard like other cannibal films. Granted, I have never seen ones such as Cannibal Holocaust, but I have seen the trailer and it is quite bad. I also felt sympathy for the John Saxon character and that helped the film too. The man has struggled and kept this strange urge to eat human flesh controlled, but due to a lapse of good judgment by mental health officials his buddy got to him causing him to spiral downward quickly. The film is not perfect as they could have explained the virus better, but overall it was a nice film that passed time quite well.

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