Anthropophagus (1980)

 |  Horror  |  9 October 1981 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.5/10 from 3,516 users  
Reviews: 86 user | 101 critic

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.



(as Aristide Massaccesi) , (as Louis Montefiori)
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Absurd (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A priest comes to a small town to help get rid of a monster whose blood coagulates very fast. This creates problems as the monster is very hard to kill and then decides to go on a killing spree of its own.

Director: Joe D'Amato
Stars: George Eastman, Annie Belle, Charles Borromel
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young rich orphan loses his fiancée to voodoo doll mischief on the part of his housekeeper who is jealous of his attentions. He digs his girlfriend up, cleans her out, stuffs her, and ... See full summary »

Director: Joe D'Amato
Stars: Kieran Canter, Cinzia Monreale, Franca Stoppi
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
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
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A tough female reporter and her cameraman boyfriend team up with a four-man commando unit in the New Guinea jungle whom are fighting flesh-eating zombies.

Directors: Bruno Mattei, Claudio Fragasso
Stars: Margit Evelyn Newton, Franco Garofalo, Selan Karay
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 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
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
Nightmare (1981)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A mental-patient, who is troubled with horrible nightmares, has escaped from his hospital. Now on the streets he can't help killing innocent people. But there is one family he is more than ... See full summary »

Director: Romano Scavolini
Stars: Baird Stafford, Sharon Smith, C.J. Cooke
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Giovanni Lambardo Radice and John Saxon are Vietman vets that bring back contagious virus that turn people into cannibals when bitten.

Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: John Saxon, Elizabeth Turner, Giovanni Lombardo Radice
    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
    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
The Beyond (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where after a series of supernatural 'accidents', she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale


Complete credited cast:
Saverio Vallone ...
Maggie (as Vanessa Steiger)
Margaret Mazzantini ...
Henriette 'Rita' (as Margaret Donnelly)
Mark Bodin ...
Bob Larson ...
Rubina Rey ...
Ruth Wortmann
Simone Baker ...
First Victim
Mark Logan ...
Second Victim
George Eastman ...
Zora Kerova ...


Tourists take a boat to a remote island, where they find that most of the people have disappeared, and something is stalking them. They find a hidden room in the big mansion on a hill, and an ancient diary, which gives them clues to the source of the terror. Written by Ed Sutton <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


...He's coming for you See more »




See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

9 October 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anthropophagus: The Grim Reaper  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (R-rated)

Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The fetus that the Man Eater eats up is actually a skinned rabbit. See more »


Carol: There's evil on this island. An evil that won't let us get away. An evil that sends out an inhuman, diabolic power. I sense its vibrations now. The vibrations are an intense horror. It will destroy us! The very same way it did all the others!
Andy: Shut up, Carol!
See more »


Referenced in Nikos the Impaler (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Truly Demented D'Amato Gem
15 June 2007 | by (Salzburg, Austria) – See all my reviews

Immediately banned in many countries after its release, Joe D'Amato's Italian Gore Classic "Antropophagus" of 1980 is a truly disturbing and immensely scary video nasty, and fans of ultra-violent and nasty Horror should not be disappointed. Potential viewers have to be warned, however: You need a strong stomach for this! The uncut version of "Antropophagus" features some of the most graphic and disturbing and goriest acts of violence you will ever see in a movie, and if there was a ranking of the most out there gore scenes ever brought to screen, this sick little flick would easily make it in the top 10! I don't want to give the most shocking scenes away, but I assure that anyone about to watch this flick can prepare for extremely horrid gore scenes.

A couple of tourists travel to a Greek island which they find deserted at their arrival. It quickly becomes clear that something evil is haunting the place. Something with an appetite for human flesh...

Whether you like it or not, "Antropophagus" is a movie that you will not forget quickly! In case you don't like gore this is not your type of film, but in case you do, avoid any censored version and watch this demented Cult-sicko uncut. There is simply no point in watching cut versions of Exploitation-King Joe D'Amato's movies, and "Antropophagus" in particular is a movie that is intended to shock, so the uncut version is essential. Apart from its shocking violence, "Antropophagus" maintains a very scary atmosphere, and its cast includes many familiar faces for Italian Horror fans, such as Tisa Farrow and George Eastman (whom Spaghetti Western fans might also know).

In case you are easily offended, avoid this movie! But if you're a fan of Italian Gore films and Exploitation, you should certainly not miss this one! I advise my fellow Horror-fans to get a beer, lean back and start to enjoy the sick imagination of Joe D'Amato... When the movie reaches its climax, you will only be using the edge of your chair!

22 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Best Horror movie ever terciopelo_morado
Sooo..... What is the big deal? maxjohnson1971
Got suckered in again! Gvorn
Shriek Show DVD wandajune26
why does everyone say that there is always a problem with region 1 dvds nyhcskin
Horror Movie Purchase site jbeaucha-1
Discuss Anthropophagus (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: