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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.


Joe D'Amato (as Peter Newton)


George Eastman (as John Cart)

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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


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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October 1981 (Italy) See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The actors who played the bikers rode their own motorcycles. See more »


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 »


Sgt. Ben Engleman: So this is the team, hey? A priest, a detective near retirement, and a young moron rookie of a cop... Terrific.
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Alternate Versions

Before its inclusion on the video nasty list the film received a brief theatrical release in the UK in 1983. Unlike its pre-certificated video counterpart however the cinema version was cut by 2 mins 32 secs by the BBFC with heavy edits to the murder of the nurse with a drill, a man's forehead being sliced with a band saw, and a woman's face being burnt off in an oven. See more »


Referenced in Intruder (1989) See more »

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George Is Out For Blood Again

Joe D'Amato's "Rosso Sangue" aka. "Absurd" of 1981 is sometimes named a sequel to D'Amato's shocking highlight "Antropophagus" of 1980. This is not really true, as while both films star George Eastman as the vicious villain, and both films are extremely gory, the story lines have nothing at all to do with each other. I loved "Antropophagus", which is not only tremendously gory, shocking and disturbing, but also scary as hell. I also enjoyed "Rosso Sangue", but it is not nearly a great as its aforementioned predecessor. The film is, once again extremely gory, and exploitation-icon George Eastman is once again predestined for the role, but the film is not nearly as scary as "Antropophagus", and neither is it anywhere near as shocking. A small town is infested by a genetically mutated man (Eastman), who has the urge to brutally murder everybody he sees, as a result of a nuclear experiment gone wrong. Not only does he have the urge to murder, however, his mutations also made him very strong and immune to injuries... The film's main qualities are the great score, the extreme gore, and George Eastman. The huge Eastman really is one intimidating fellow, who always fits in his mostly sardonic roles. His greatest moments were Mario Bava's 1974 masterpiece "Cani Arrabiati" ("Rabid Dogs"), and "Antropophagus", but Eastman truly is an enrichment to any of the films he starred in, and "Absurd" is no exception. While he is not quite as scary-looking as in "Antropophagus" here, Eastman single-handedly carries the film with his maniacal performance. The other performances are quite forgettable, but this is not really of any importance. Overall, this is not nearly as great as "Antropophagus", but it is definitely a film that any fan of the very brutal kind of Horror/Exploitataion should enjoy. Recommended to my fellow Italian Horror buffs.

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