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Absurd (1981)
"Rosso sangue" (original title)

 |  Horror  |  October 1981 (Italy)
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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.

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Complete credited cast:
George Eastman ...
Mikos Stenopolis
Annie Belle ...
Emily
Charles Borromel ...
Sgt. Ben Engleman
Katya Berger ...
Katia Bennett
Kasimir Berger ...
Willy Bennett
Hanja Kochansky ...
Mrs. Bennett
Ian Danby ...
Mr. Bennett
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Dr. Kramer
Edmund Purdom ...
Father
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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.

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The film was one of the original 74 UK video nasties and banned by the BBFC in 1984. It has yet to be re-released in Britain. See more »

Quotes

Emily: Didn't you say that boy's body was found in the north quarter?
Dr. Cooper: Yes Emily; which is where you are now.
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Mr Montifori! Your intestines are showing again!
7 May 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Big George "New Barbarians, Baba Yaga, 2019: After the Fall of New York, Bronx Warriors 1 etc" Eastman is back, and this time, he's got his arse in his hands, quite literally! This time he's running through some town in America, pursued by Mister Edmund "I was great in Ator, Pieces, and also 2019: After the Fall of New York" Purdom "and I also directed and starred in Don't Open Till Christmas". George doesn't come out of this clash of b-movie icons well, turning up at someone's house with his guts in his hands. Next thing you know he's in hospital confusing surgeons while healing up at a rapid rate.

A local cop gets involved, finding Purdom wandering about, and gets the low down: Big George is an almost indestructible killing machine in an experiment gone wrong, and Purdom is the priest/scientist sent to kill him. Only a blow to the head will suffice, which will prove difficult as by the time they all figure out what's happening George has already killed a nurse and is heading for the house he was found wounded in (perhaps he'd left some of his guts there, or something).

In this house is a small, tantrum having kid, and crippled teenager, a babysitter, and a husband and wife who depart before George turns up, although the husband did do a hit and run on George earlier in the film (while George is in the process of killing actor/director Michelle Soavi!). Also, there's a nurse that turns up later, wondering why the babysitter's missing.

This kind of follow up from Anthropophagus (the only link seeming being the Greek origin of the monsters) is as slow as the first film, but somehow not as satisfying. It's very gory, however, with people being drilled and sawed in the head, pickaxed in the head, chopped in the head and having their heads cooked in ovens. There's a lot of dull spots, however, like watching folks eating spaghetti, watching football and a lot of wandering about. I get a Halloween vibe from this one.

Once again, Big George "I bummed Giancarlo Perle in the New Barbarians" comes across as quite a menacing character, but there's pacing problems all over this film. I'll say this though: Joe D'Amato is compared to Jess Franco as they both do a lot of skin flicks, but Joe is far more competent as a director.


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