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Absurd (1981)

Rosso sangue (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | October 1981 (Italy)
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.

Director:

Joe D'Amato (as Peter Newton)

Writer:

George Eastman (as John Cart)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Eastman ... Mikos Stenopolis
Annie Belle ... Emily
Charles Borromel Charles Borromel ... Sgt. Ben Engleman
Katya Berger ... Katia Bennett
Kasimir Berger Kasimir Berger ... Willy Bennett
Hanja Kochansky Hanja Kochansky ... Mrs. Bennett
Ian Danby Ian Danby ... Mr. Bennett
Ted Rusoff ... 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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Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

October 1981 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Monster Hunter See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film was one of the original 74 UK video nasties and banned by the BBFC in 1984. It was released uncut on Bluray in the UK in 2017. See more »

Goofs

When Mr and Mrs Bennett drive away in Mrs Bennett's car, as they leave the driveway two members of the film crew can be seen reflected in the window of the car. 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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Alternate Versions

A USA DVD by 'Mya Communications' is available under the title 'Horrible'. This version is fully uncut, although due to print damage, some of the film is taken from a VHS source. See more »

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Violent and nasty follow-up to Antropophagus
27 June 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

This cult film is both the follow-up to Joe D'Amato's notorious shocker 'Antropophagus', and one of the nastier films on the DPP 'Video Nasty' list. Those two facts alone will give many fans of cult horror reason enough to see it, and I'm pleased to say that the rest of the film isn't bad either; and while it's not quite as great as D'Amato's earlier film, Absurd plays out well as an overly gory slasher flick. Of course, you can't expect things like great acting and a plausible story line going into a film like this, and rather unsurprisingly; this film has neither. However, what it does have is a great gritty atmosphere, which is bathed in a scintillating soundtrack that succeeds in making the thrill scenes more exciting. The plot is silly in the extreme, but is somehow easy to buy as we follow a priest who travels to a small town on the trail of a supposed monster, who is currently lying on a hospital bed. The doctors are baffled to learn that his blood clots far faster than normal and this somehow makes him immortal. It's not long before the monster awakes and, naturally, goes on a killing spree.

George Eastman takes the lead role again and just as it did in Antropophagus; his imposing presence provides the film's main standout, despite him basically marauding around rather than actually acting. Obviously, the most important thing about this film for many will be the gore; and overall I'd say it just about tops Antropophagus. It was only two scenes that made the earlier film such a notorious shocker, and while there aren't a great number of highly nasty scenes here; they're more common and the film is more violent on the whole. Sequences involving a drill, a table saw and a severed head are among the best scenes in the movie. Director Joe D'Amato receives a lot of criticism, and while some of it is deserved; it has to be said that he has elevated this film over and above what you would expect of a grisly slasher. The atmosphere is superb, while the locations are well used and selected - and best of all, the director clearly knows how to build suspense; as the last twenty minutes of this film are truly gripping...and that's not bad at all considering that the characters are impossible to care for. Overall, anyone seeing this film will know not to expect great things - but its well worth seeing for the Video Nasty fan, and overall I'd say it's almost on par with the first film.


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