The Corpse Grinders (1971)

THE CORPSE GRINDERS (1971)
Article 3735 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-24-2011
Posting Date: 11-5-2011
Directed by Ted V. Mikels
Featuring Sean Kenny, Monika Kelly, Sanford Mitchell
Country: USA
What it is: Cat food

A doctor becomes suspicious when the city is overrun by a rash of cat attacks on humans. He discovers that a local cat food producer has a special ingredient they’ve been adding to their recipe – human flesh!

When I say that this is the best Ted V. Mikels movie I’ve covered for my series, I hope it’s understood that it has nothing to do with any intrinsic merit in this movie. It’s simply because it isn’t as head-scratchingly incoherent as ASTRO-ZOMBIES or as thuddingly dull as BLOOD ORGY OF THE SHE-DEVILS. It’s also largely devoid of surprises; once you know the premise, you’ll probably find nothing in the storyline that you couldn’t have predicted from the outset. Probably the most striking thing about the movie is that it’s even more seedy-looking than you might have expected; almost all of the supporting cast looks like they’ve been dragged off of skid row, and the cat food factory certainly wouldn’t have passed any serious health inspection. Furthermore, those turning to this one in the hopes of serious gore will probably be disappointed, unless a barrel full of body parts near the end will satisfy them. On one side note, I can’t understand why one of the cat food manufacturers chooses to bury the wife of the undertaker at one point; after all, wouldn’t this be throwing away raw materials? Not that I have any desire to be giving business advice to these guys, I hope you understand…

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