Tourist trap

SFX - - Rated / Dvd & blu- ray - Rus­sell Lewin

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1980 | 18 | Blu- ray/ DVD Di­rec­tor: Joe D’Amato Cast: Tisa Far­row, Save­rio Val­lone, Ge­orge East­man, Ser­ena Grandi, Mar­garet Maz­zan­tini, Mark Bodin

While An­thro­pophagous isn’t among the very nas­ti­est of the video nas­ties, it re­tains a cer­tain de­gree of no­to­ri­ety thanks to a cou­ple of gory can­ni­bal­is­tic se­quences. Aside from that, it’s a dis­ap­point­ing plod.

Ital­ian sleaze king Joe D’Amato’s shocker ( called The Sav­age Is­land on the ti­tles here), sees a group of tourists head to a re­mote Mediter­ranean is­land where the pop­u­la­tion have gone miss­ing. But one chap does soon show up: a hulk­ing gi­ant ( Ge­orge East­man) with a taste for more than the kind of meat served up by McDon­ald’s.

He does the un­stop­pable killer thing in the man­ner of Jason Voorhees and Michael My­ers, but An­thro­pophagous is so slug­gish and in­com­pe­tent that you’re left pin­ing for some proper Amer­i­can slasher pic ac­tion. There are long, ram­bling se­quences where al­most noth­ing of any in­ter­est oc­curs. But, hey, at least the Med scenery’s pleas­ant, and the fi­nal scene is a doozy. Ketchup with that, sir?

Ex­tras: The Ital­ian open­ing cred­its, and var­i­ous orig­i­nal trail­ers, but the big­gie is fea­ture- length grind­house doc­u­men­tary 42nd Street Mem­o­ries, which chron­i­cles “the rise and fall of Amer­ica’s most no­to­ri­ous block”. It’s a mite over­long, but who can re­sist learn­ing the sor­did se­crets of the street where the likes of Mas­sacre Of Plea­sure, The Filthy 5 and The Sper­mi­na­tor ruled? It’s a much bet­ter watch than the main fea­ture.

Masterchef Italy wasn’t work­ing.

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