No hate for 88, but @severinfilms
served up this lurid duo of Italian slasher crass-ics with superior presentations, better specs, exquisite artwork/packaging, and luxurious bundle options. Directed by the prolific Joe D’Amato, or his much cooler given name Aristide Massaccesi, these films are essential for any self-respecting horror collector. I’ve seen Anthropophagus dozens of times and never grow tired of it. Which is weird given it’s snooze-inducing pacing; some scenes move at a dying crawl that make its 90 minute run time feel like double that. So how can a film like this be so worthy of repeat viewings? Many elements: a simple “plot” of 5 friends stranded on a remote Greek island with an eerily vacated adobe village; Its lurid, eerie atmosphere that hangs over the film like a storm cloud; its gory, mean-spirited death scenes, and of course, George Eastman’s sinister, hulking antagonist “The Monster”, a family-man-turned-cannibal menace whose insatiable thirst for blood drives our panicked group of tourists across the island in search of sanctuary. I’m not going to review Absurd here out of pure laziness, but it’s a solid companion to Anthropophagus with a similar set up of a mysterious and merciless killer vs. a town of unsuspecting innocents. While not as scary as Anthro, it’s loaded with equally, if not more, mean-spirited kills and a sinister tone of dread throughout. Bottom line: these two Italian gore flicks are excellent and this is the release they deserve.