WARNING- THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW!!
Being fairly sure that my memory did not serve me well enough to write a review, I purchased this movie last week. Dammit. I am going to miss that nine dollars. I purchased the uncut release from Shriek Show from an exchange store, as it seems to be the most recommended for picture quality.
Anthropophagus is a film by Joe D'Amato, who became rather well known for pushing the envelope in horror. When not producing horror, D'Amato was also busy producing porn.
Most horror fans have at least heard of this film. It has been quite controversial over the years despite really having only two short scenes that gained the notoriety. For a movie made in 1980, I am actually somewhat surprised that anyone even noticed or had an issue with this film. Say what you want about the torture porn trends, etc. that have become popular. The fact is that there were some damned nasty films being produced around 1980 (the cannibal genre, including Cannibal Holocaust and Cannibal Ferox, being notable).
On to the film itself. Much of this film is just tired dialogue. There are some films that can go for 45 minutes with little action and still be awesome (see The Descent, for example). This is not one of those films. A group of people are vacationing and essentially talking in different places for most of the film.
We are about an hour in before the movie actually gets interesting. But by this point, it is too little, too late. A killer is stalking the group and begins to pick them off, one by one. The gore effects are decent in places and not so great in others. The infamous "fetus eating" scene, while apparently disturbing to some viewers, was not at all well done. Seemed as though dude was just eating a red mass that was not recognizable.
If you are looking for a controversial film that has some substance, pass this one up. It is a rather tedious film that just never seems to kick into high gear as I had expected. I did just purchase D'Amato's "Beyond The Darkness". I have heard from some that it is a much better overall film than Anthropophagus. One thing is for certain, it could not possibly be more boring.