Cannibal Apocalypse

Cannibal Apocalypse

John Saxon
Director: Anthony M. Dawson Cast: John Saxon
John Saxon
, Elizabeth Turner
Elizabeth Turner
, Giovanni Lombardo Radice
Giovanni Lombardo Radice
Anthony M. Dawson

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Half zombie epic, half cannibal gorefest, this unusual blend of two popular Italo-horror subgenres results in a high-octane thriller that delivers the gory goods. The story involves a group of former Vietnam POW's who contract a bizarre disease in captivity which compels them to eat human flesh. Needless to say, this makes assimilation into post-war American life rather difficult as the gestating disease takes hold on the returning veterans, whose cannibal instincts eventually fight their way to the surface. One such victim is commando Norman Hopper (John Saxon), who is bitten by one of the POW's during a rescue mission and carries the gestating contagion back home. When the soldier who bit him (John Morghen) is released from a veterans' psychiatric hospital after apparently being cured, he makes brief phone contact with Saxon before succumbing to an immediate relapse, leading to a gory rampage and subsequent shootout with police. When Saxon begins feeling the urge to munch -- first developing an appetite for the teenage cupcake next door -- he springs his fellow cannibals from the hospital, leading to another bloody confrontation with the police -- this time in the city sewers. Director Antonio Margheriti (alleged ghost-director of Andy Warhol's Blood for Dracula and Flesh for Frankenstein) manages to fuse crime-thriller conventions with gory cannibals-in-the-streets horror without losing viewers' interest, although the drastically-edited video version (under the title Invasion of the Flesh Hunters) suffers badly from the absence of Gianetto De Rossi's chunk-blowing makeup effects. The dialogue, while better than the average Italian post-dubbing job, is so overloaded with profanity that it becomes unintentionally hilarious. Released under a dozen titles, the best-known being Cannibal Apocalypse.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/17/2020
UPC: 0738329243739
Original Release: 1980
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 16,975

Special Features

New Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas; Cannibal Apocalypse Redux: Documentary; Cannibal King: Interview with Tony King; Apocalypse in the Streets: A video tour of filming locations; Alternate opening title sequence; Theatrical trailers and teaser

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Saxon Norman Hopper
Elizabeth Turner Jane Hopper
Giovanni Lombardo Radice Actor
Cindy Hamilton Actor
Tony King Actor
Wallace Wilkinson Actor
Ray Williams Actor
John Morghen Actor
May Heatherly Actor
Anthony M. Dawson Actor
Laura Dean Actor

Technical Credits
Anthony M. Dawson Director,Screenwriter
Maurizio Amati Producer
Sandro Amati Producer
Fernando Arribas Cinematographer
Alex Blonksteiner Score Composer
Giannetto De Rossi Makeup Special Effects
Jimmy Gould Original Story,Screenwriter
Walter Patriarca Art Director
Dardano Sacchetti Screenwriter
Giorgio Serralonga Editor
Don Shelley Special Effects
Freddy Unger Stunts

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cannibal Apocalypse
255. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [10:06]
2. Chapter 2 [8:05]
3. Chapter 3 [10:02]
4. Chapter 4 [12:11]
5. Chapter 5 [15:09]
6. Chapter 6 [15:40]
7. Chapter 7 [13:51]
8. Chapter 8 [11:22]

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