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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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  (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 ... Irina Karamanlis
Simone Baker ... First Victim
Mark Logan ... Second Victim
George Eastman ... Nikos Karamanlis
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:
"Anthropophagus: The Grim Reaper" - USA (DVD box title)
"The Grim Reaper" - USA (censored version)
"The Zombie's Rage" - USA (reissue title)
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90 min | USA:87 min (R-rated version)
Color (Eastmancolor)
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According to Joe D'Amato, some of the heads and bones in the catacombs were plastic imitations. Upon collecting the bones after the scenes had been shot, the crew by accident took with them some real bones. Since D'Amato did not dare to return them, he let them make a "pilgrimage" to his house.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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Referenced in Friday the 13th Part III (1982)See more »


What are the differences between the R-Rated/British BBFC 18 Version and the Uncensored Version?
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Nice set up…shame about the rest, 3 December 2012
Author: Roman James Hoffman from United Kingdom

Looking back these days at the movies on the list of Video Nasties drawn up in the early 80s by the UK's Director of Public Prosecutions, one is often left wondering what all the fuss was about. In the case of "Antrophagus: The Beast" AKA "Antrophagus: The Grim Reaper", with its infamous ripping-out-a-fetus-and-chomping-on-it scene, it is easy to see. However, fetus grimness aside, 'Antrophagus' is a disappointing horror which neither lives upto the hype of its infamous set-piece or the promising first act of the movie.

The film begins with the slaughter of a young couple on a pleasant beach on a remote Greek Island by something which emerges from the sea. Sometime later a young group of holidaying tourists (friends of the slain couple) arrive and find the island deserted Mary Celeste style. They begin to investigate, catching glimpses of a mysterious woman before they finally stumble upon a hysterical blind girl who tells them of a monster whose presence she can smell from the odor of blood it carries. From there the members of the group are gradually picked off by something which is eventually revealed to us to be a disfigured and insane George Eastman.

Unfortunately, while the first third establishes a convincingly uncomfortable atmosphere courtesy of the island and the house, and the build up to the monster's reveal is quite well done… after this the film deflates quite quickly. For all its hype there is actually very little in the way of action/gore and after the plot has revealed itself we still have to suffer a lot of shots of people walking around like they have done for the whole of the film upto that point. However, it should be noted that the film does attempt some modicum of character development and has some only-just-sub-par acting in order to carry the viewer through the boredom…even though it falls short of the mark. And then, the fetus eating scene (in fact a skinned rabbit)! Sure, this is a gruesome and repugnant idea, but to be honest the scene isn't shot that well, doesn't really make sense, fails to repulse, and so ultimately disappoints.

It's a shame really as every now and then you catch glimpses of what could be a great movie, but the editing, the acting, and (to be honest) the monster, let it down and (while it's much, much better than the follow up 'Absurd') still bores where it should scare, and elicits yawns where there should be screams.

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