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Cannibals in the Streets (1980)

Apocalypse domani (original title)
Mentally unstable Vietnam vets who were held captive by the Vietcong come back to America after being rescued carrying a dangerous virus that turns people into cannibals when bitten.

Director:

Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony M. Dawson)

Writers:

Antonio Margheriti (screenplay) (as Anthony M. Dawson), Dardano Sacchetti (screenplay) (as Jimmy Gould) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Saxon ... Norman Hopper
Elizabeth Turner 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 John Geroson ... Policeman
May Heatherly ... Nurse Helen
Ronnie Sanders Ronnie Sanders ... Orderly
Vic Perkins Vic Perkins ... Biker
Jere Beery Jere Beery ... Biker Leader
Joan Riordan Joan Riordan ... Aunt Tina
Laura Dean ... Brunette Jogger
Lonnie R. Smith Jr. Lonnie R. Smith Jr. ... Biker (as Lonnie Smith)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

POW's in Vietnam...starved in captivity...released with a taste for human flesh. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Was one of the 39 films successfully prosecuted and banned in the UK during the video nasty act. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Hopper exits the door, Mrs. Hopper has a brown shawl on. The camera cuts to a close-up of Mrs. Hopper with no shawl on then returns to a shot of Mrs. Hopper with the shawl back on. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Norman Hopper: Get away from it you asshole... get away take cover
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Alternate Versions

Unavailable for years in the UK following its inclusion on the DPP 72 list of video nasties. It was finally passed in 2005 with a brief 2 second cut of a live rat being ignited with a flamethrower. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Green Inferno (2013) See more »

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The one movie that instantly made Antonio Margheriti one of my favorite directors of Italian genre movies.
20 September 2009 | by Vomitron_GSee all my reviews

A cannibal-movie that actually tries and succeeds to be different. This movie transcends the cannibal genre and becomes something else. You'll have to get past the silly & inept Vietnam opening-scene, but then this movie turns into an urban tale of virus-outbreak. A cannibal-virus, that is. There's some violence, there's some drama, there's some nudity, there's some very nice gore and there are four cannibal-fugitives on the run. Awesome mixture that works! Add to that a satisfying ending, and we've got a hit! A hit with John Saxon in it, no less. "Cannibal Apocalypse" indeed feels, at times, a bit like Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" (1978), but the one movie that kept coming to my mind was David Cronenberg's "Rabid" (1977). So if you're tired of all those "half naked cannibals eating human flesh and slaughtering animals in the jungle"-flicks, and if Umberto Lenzi's "Nightmare City" (1980) just made you laugh instead of anything else, then go watch Antonio Margheriti's "Cannibal Apocalypse" (aka "Invasion of the Flesh Hunters"). And make 100% sure you get a hold of the uncut version.


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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

18 September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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