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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Slow-Moving But Ultimately Satisfying Horror/Sleaze From Joe D'Amato See more (86 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tisa Farrow ... Julie
Saverio Vallone ... Andy

Serena Grandi ... Maggie (as Vanessa Steiger)
Margaret Mazzantini ... Henriette 'Rita' (as Margaret Donnelly)
Mark Bodin ... Daniel
Bob Larson ... Arnold
Rubina Rey ... Ruth Wortmann
Simone Baker ... First Victim
Mark Logan ... Second Victim
George Eastman ... Nikos Karamanlis (Klaus Wortmann) / Antropophagus
Zora Kerova ... Carol
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe D'Amato ... Bearded man exiting the cable car (uncredited)
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Julie (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Susan Spafford ... Maggie (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Pat Starke ... Carol (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Joe D'Amato 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joe D'Amato  (as Aristide Massaccesi)
George Eastman  (as Louis Montefiori)

Produced by
Joe D'Amato .... producer
George Eastman .... producer
Edward L. Montoro .... executive producer: Film Ventures International
Oscar Santaniello .... producer
Original Music by
Marcello Giombini 
Cinematography by
Enrico Biribicchi 
Film Editing by
Ornella Micheli 
Set Decoration by
Ennio Michettoni 
Costume Design by
Ennio Michettoni 
Makeup Department
Pietro Tenoglio .... makeup artist
Production Management
Christian Alexander Moran .... post-production manager (restored version)
Tommaso Pantano .... production supervisor
Oscar Santaniello .... production manager
Special Effects by
Giuseppe Ferranti .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Benetti .... still photographer
Enrico Biribicchi .... camera operator
Enzo Frattari .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Bruno Micheli .... assistant editor
Other crew
Giovanni Ferrucci .... production secretary
Daniele Tommaso .... continuity
Walter Zoi .... administrator
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"The Grim Reaper" - UK (DVD title), USA (censored version)
"Anthropophagus: The Grim Reaper" - USA (DVD box title)
"The Zombie's Rage" - USA (reissue title)
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90 min | USA:87 min (R-rated version)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:R | Chile:18 (uncut DVD version) | Finland:K-18 | France:16 | Germany:(Banned) | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM18 | Norway:(Banned) | Peru:18 | Singapore:PG | Spain:18 | UK:18 (heavily cut) | UK:18 (re-rating) (2015) (uncut) | UK:18 (uncut) (2015) | UK:(Banned) (1984-2002) | USA:R (heavily cut) | USA:Unrated (uncut) | West Germany:18 (cut)
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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!
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References Horror on Snape Island (1972)See more »


What are the differences between the R-Rated/British BBFC 18 Version and the Uncensored Version?
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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Slow-Moving But Ultimately Satisfying Horror/Sleaze From Joe D'Amato, 17 March 2006
Author: EVOL666 from St. John's Abortion Clinic

The thing about D'Amato, is he can take the most straight-forward film and make it over-the-top and sleazy...and that's why he's one of my favorite directors. He always goes just a little "too far" and I commend him for that. In ANTHROPOPHAGOUS - ol' Joe is up to his old tricks - but this time, he saves his over-the-top elements til the end for maximum impact, and otherwise weaves a pretty atmospheric (yet admittedly slow-paced) horror film. Not the constant shock-fest of BUIO OMEGA, nor the all-out sleazy exploitation of EROTIC NIGHTS OF THE LIVING DEAD - ANTHROPOPHAGOUS is more of a serious horror film with some "shocking" scenes thrown in for good measure.

This one starts with a group of vacationers who decide to head to a secluded island for some R&R. Turns out the island is nearly uninhabited, and when the vacationers get stranded there - they start to piece together what happened to the original inhabitants of the island. Turns out a cannibalistic weirdo still roams the island, just waiting to pick off anyone who crosses his path. And soon enough, the vacationers will get to meet him face-to-face...

A lot of people down ANTHROPOPHAGOUS for it's slow pace - which I can't really argue - but overall, the film is handled competently. The story is drawn out slowly and the island sets and backdrops are simultaneously beautiful and yet still creepy and atmospheric at the same time. The "bad-guy" is also suitable creepy and bugged-out looking - and the gore scenes at the end make up for the slow pace as the last 20 minutes or so are pretty fast-paced. There are some decent throat-bitings with tons of blood - a decent intestines-eating, and of course, the notorious fetus-eating scene which is the reason that the un-cut version of this film is so sought after. That scene is pretty cool - but is very short and still appears to be cut down. Overall, not my favorite D'Amato film - I'll still stick with BUIO OMEGA or EMANNUELLE IN America - but ANTHROPOPHAGOUS is worth a look too, if you go into it knowing that you'll have to wait a while for the "pay-off"... 8/10

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