Anthropophagous 2 (1981)

aka Absurd, Rosso sangue
Article 3805 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 1-4-2012
Posting Date: 1-14-2012
Directed by Joe D’Amato
Featuring George Eastman, Annie Belle, Charles Borromel
Country: Italy
What it is: A slasher/zombie movie

A horribly injured man is taken to the hospital, but it turns out that he has incredible powers of healing. He is also insane and homicidal. Can he be stopped?

The title implies that this is a sequel to ANTHROPOPHAGOUS, which I reviewed under the title THE GRIM REAPER. It’s really not, thought it’s somewhat in the same mode, and features the same lead actor and the same director. The title is also deceptive, in that this killer doesn’t appear to be a cannibal, just an insane killer. In some ways, it’s like a zombie movie in that he is only vulnerable by an attack on the brain, though this is no more a regular Italian zombie movie than REVENGE OF THE DEAD was. The set-up during the first half is the more interesting part of the movie as far as I’m concerned, mostly because I was pretty curious as to what was going on here. The problem with the second half is that I don’t think it really manages to ratchet up the suspense as well as it could, as the contrivances become rather blatant as the movie progresses, and the denouement is rather unbelievable. However, gorehounds will probably be quite satisfied, as the movie is very bloody. To me, this was a mixed bag.


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