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Monster Hunter (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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Release Date:

October 1981 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Monster Hunter See more »

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1.66 : 1
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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 »


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 »


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Absurd indeed
2 August 2016 | by tomgillespie2002See all my reviews

As is the case with many low-budget horror films released numerous times with different cuts and ratings in various different continents, Joe D'Amato's Absurd is known under a wealth of alternative titles. Also known as Horrible, Rosso Sangue and Monster Hunter, the film was labelled as too gruesome for British audiences in the 1980's and found itself on the dreaded Video Nasty List. The most bizarre title to make its way onto its VHS cover is Anthropophagus 2, although the film has little in common with D/Amato's Anthropopogus: The Grim Reaper apart from the lead casting of George Eastman as yet another impossibly strong man-mountain with a fondness for gruesome murder.

The film begins with Mikos (Eastman), a beast of a man with an unnaturally fast healing factor, fleeing a priest. As he tries to escape by scaling a fence, Mikos is impaled on the railing spikes which disembowel him. It is while at the hospital that the doctors discover his amazing ability to heal, but he is soon on the loose after murdering a nurse. The madman is eventually hit by a car driven by Mr. Bennett (Ian Danby), who flees the scene and returns to his wife, son, and bed-ridden daughter Katia (Katya Berger). The family soon finds themselves under attack from Mikos, while police officer Sgt. Engleman (Charles Borromel) and the priest (Edmund Purdom) attempt to hunt down the rampaging savage.

Apart from a couple of entertainingly gory murders (a buzzsaw to the temple and a head in the oven are particular 'highlights'), Absurd suffers from some serious pacing issues. As the story bobbles around between the various characters having inane conversations, the film becomes incredibly boring and short of action. It's debatable as to whether Anthropophagus (1980) or Absurd takes the prize for the most tedious 90 minutes, but I feel that Absurd just edges it. Although Eastman does little more than stumble around with a crazy look in his eyes, he certainly has a presence, but here he is given a disappointingly short amount of screen time. By the time the climax finally arrives, it plods on and on as Katia is forced to learn to walk again to escape the bogeyman, which does not make for exciting viewing. Absurd, indeed.

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