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Antropophagus (1980)

R | | Horror | 9 October 1981 (USA)
A group of friends and a hitchhiker become stranded on a tourist island where they are stalked by a disfigured cannibalistic killer who is prowling the island after killing its residents.


Joe D'Amato


George Eastman (story) (as Luigi Montefiori), Joe D'Amato (story) (as Aristide Massaccesi) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Tisa Farrow ... Julie
Saverio Vallone Saverio Vallone ... Andy
Serena Grandi ... Maggie (as Vanessa Steiger)
Margaret Mazzantini Margaret Mazzantini ... Henriette 'Rita' (as Margaret Donnelly)
Mark Bodin Mark Bodin ... Daniel
Bob Larson Bob Larson ... Arnold
Rubina Rey Rubina Rey ... Ruth Wortmann
Simone Baker Simone Baker ... First Victim
Mark Logan Mark Logan ... Second Victim
George Eastman ... Klaus Wortmann / Antropophagus
Zora Kerova ... Carol


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 <esutton@mindspring.com>

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It's not fear that tears you apart...it's him! See more »




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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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Alternate Versions

The US R Rated and UK versions (both under the title 'The Grim Reaper') has four main cuts-
  • The Beast biting a man's neck, and the subsequent blood flow
  • The entire fetus eating sequence
  • The Beast biting Rita's throat as he pulls her head through the roof
  • The Beast's intestines spilling out and him eating them. (the film ends with the beast being hit with the ax and simply collapsing. It is a myth that all the prints under the title of 'The Grim Reaper' are cut. The German DVD 'The Grim Reaper' is uncut.
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Gory, But Not Very Interesting
8 August 2019 | by molemandavidSee all my reviews

A lot has been said about Anthrophagus' excellent special effects and for good reason. The film comes to life when it's showcasing decapitated heads in buckets or scalps being ripped off. When it's just following around our cardboard characters, it suffers and can't muster any suspense or even decent character drama to keep us invested until the next inevitably gruesome death sequence.

The silly music score doesn't help much in conjuring a mood or sense of dread and, in fact, the U.S. version (under the title The Grim Reaper) has a much more effective score that uses various library cues. I'd recommend on the U.S. cut if it weren't for a lot of the special effects being trimmed (including the infamous fetus eating scene).

If you're only here for the guts, Anthrophagus is worth your time, but if you want a little more substance, look elsewhere.

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Release Date:

9 October 1981 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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