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Absurd

Film poster
Directed by Joe D'Amato
Produced by Donatella Donati
Joe D'Amato
Written by George Eastman
Starring George Eastman
Music by Carlo Maria Cordio
Cinematography Joe D'Amato
Editing by George Morley
Distributed by Medusa Pictures
Wizard Video
Release date(s) October 1981 (1981-10)
Running time 94 Mins
Country Italy Italy
Language Italian
Preceded by The Anthropophagus Beast
Zombi 5

Absurd (also known as Rosso Sangue, Anthropophagus 2, Horrible, The Grim Reaper 2 and Zombie 6: Monster Hunter) is a 1981 Italian horror film, an unofficial sequel to The Anthropophagus Beast. It was directed by Joe D'Amato and written by George Eastman.

Absurd was one of the infamous Video Nasties of the United Kingdom, and became one of 39 titles to be successfully prosecuted under the obscene publications act in 1984. Originally released in both a cut and uncut version with identical sleeve design by Medusa Home Video in 1981. The original tape is a sought after and expensive collectable among fans.

It was released in 1980s in the US as "Monster Hunter" by Wizard Video, with a rather inaccurate synopsis on the back of the old-style "big box."[citation needed]

To add to its questionable fame this movie inspired the name for German black metal act Absurd, whose members later switched their interest from gore movies to extreme right wing politics and committed murder in 1993.[1]

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Synopsis

The plot involves a near invincible man, known only as Nikos, whose blood coagulates incredibly fast, but this gift has made him insanely homicidal. A priest pursues the killer and attempts to destroy him by impaling him on a set of railings which disembowel him, but he is revived later in a local hospital. The madman escapes after brutally killing a nurse and goes on a killing spree. The priest informs the hospital that the only way to kill Nikos is to 'destroy the cerebral mass'.

While attacking a motorcyclist after escaping from the hospital, Nikos is struck by a hit-and-run driver. The driver of the car, Dr. Bennett and his wife are going out for dinner that evening, leaving their two children at home with a babysitter. Their daughter Katia is confined to her bed because of a problem with her spine, while her younger brother believes that the 'Bogeyman' will come to get him.

Nikos makes his way to the Bennetts' home and starts to murder everyone there. The babysitter is stabbed and then has her head forced into a lighted oven, her face blistering and turning purple. Katia sends her brother to get help before struggling from her bed to take on the killer herself. She blinds him with a set of drawing compasses before decapitating him.

Cast

Background

Absurd is in many ways a 'non-sequel' to Anthropophagus the Beast, as the only real connections between the two films - besides George Eastman and Joe D'Amato - is the presence of a homicidal man (played by George Eastman in effectively the same role as the one he played in the first film) who is disembowelled in both films, and who comes from a Greek island.

On its release some critics accused the film of being nothing more than an Italian version of Halloween. There are some similarities between the two films - references to a 'Bogeyman' and a babysitter and her charges in peril from a silent and seemingly indestructible killer. Director D'Amato also attempted to make the film more attractive to the American market by setting it in the States, even though it was shot in Italy.

The film was placed on the DPP's list of video nasties in 1983 in its uncut state in the UK, but a cut version was released with two minutes and 23 seconds of cuts to it that same year.

An uncut dvd version of the film was released under the French title, 'Horrible', via Mya Communication on July 28, 2009. [2]

References

  1. ^ Satanic Killings, Frank Moorhouse, First Edition, Allison & Busby, 2006.
  2. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Horrible-Annie-Belle/dp/B001WB6MDU/ref=tag_stp_st_edpp_url

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