HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Eye of the Storm
Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands
Where No Vultures Fly
Come True
Kagemusha
Justine
Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché
Madchen in Uniform
Fire Will Come
Suspect
Jailbreak Pact
News of the World
Dementer
Beyond Clueless
Stylist, The
Sky is On Fire, The
Wrong Turn
In a Year with 13 Moons
Blush
Strange Affair of Uncle Harry, The
Sinners, The
Tammy and the T-Rex
Archenemy
Zappa
Mindwarp
State Secret
Mogul Mowgli
Owners, The
Twentieth Century, The
Story of Gilbert and Sullivan, The
What Lies Below
Greenland
Broil
Dead Pigs
Willy's Wonderland
It's in the Air
School's Out Forever
Breeder
Stump the Guesser
Sator
   
 
Newest Articles
Chew Him Up and Spit Him Out: Romeo is Bleeding on Blu-ray
British Body Snatchers: They Came from Beyond Space on Blu-ray
Bzzzt: Pulse on Blu-ray
The Tombs Will Be Their Cities: Demons and Demons 2 on Arrow
Somebody Killed Her Husband: Charade on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Maroc 7 and Invasion
Network Double Bills: The Best of Benny Hill and The Likely Lads
Network Double Bills: Some Girls Do and Deadlier Than the Male
Absolutely Bananas: Link on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Hawk the Slayer and The Medusa Touch
The Price of Plague: The Masque of the Red Death on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Ring of Spies
Chaney Chillers: Inner Sanctum Mysteries - The Complete Film Series on Blu-ray
Adelphi Extras: Stars in Your Eyes on Blu-ray
Toons for the Heads: Fantastic Planet and Adult Animation
Nature Girl: The New World on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Perfect Friday and Robbery
Network Double Bills: The House in Nightmare Park and The Man Who Haunted Himself
Newley Minted: The Strange World of Gurney Slade on Blu-ray
Bad Love: The Night Porter on Blu-ray
Brevity is the Soul of Weird: Short Sharp Shocks on Blu-ray
Get Your Ass to Mars: Total Recall on Blu-ray
Call the Professionals: Le Cercle Rouge on Blu-ray
When There's No More Room in Hell: Dawn of the Dead on Blu-ray
The Butterfly Effect: Mothra on Blu-ray
   
 
  Absurd Catholic Church Creates Crazed Cannibal
Year: 1981
Director: Joe D'Amato
Stars: George Eastman, Annie Belle, Cristiano Borromei, Katya Berger, Ted Rusoff, Kasimir Berger, Edmund Purdom, Hanja Kochansky, Ian Danby, Freddy Unger, Michele Soavi, Mark Shannon, Dirce Funari
Genre: Horror, TrashBuy from Amazon
Rating:  4 (from 2 votes)
Review: Italian exploitation and porn mogul Joe D’Amato (a.k.a. Aristide Massaccesi) and actor-screenwriter George Eastman (a.k.a. Luigi Montefiori) contributed to the video nasties list with their Anthropophagus (1980), a mostly tedious cannibal splatter movie infamous for the finale wherein Eastman’s monster chows down his own intestines. One year later the team struck again with this conceptually similar follow-up, which seems to be riffing off Halloween (1978) and Halloween II (1981).

A crazed madman (George Eastman) is chased through the woods by a Greek priest (Edmund Purdom), only to accidentally impale himself on some spiked railings. He staggers across to the home of paralysed youngster Katia Bennett (Katya Berger) before collapsing with his guts spilling out in front of her dumbstruck kid brother Willy (Kasimir Berger) and their ditzy babysitter Peggy. Sent to hospital, the stranger recuperates while police quiz the shifty priest who reveals the monster was genetically engineered by the Catholic church (?!) and can regenerate his body cells. “That’s absurd! Completely absurd!” exclaims a baffled surgeon, conveniently mentioning the movie title. Sure enough, the man-monster rises off the operating table and shoves an electric drill-bit through a nurse’s skull. In rapid succession, the killer forces a butcher’s brain into a band saw, strangles a passing motorcyclist (Michele Soavi who also served as assistant director), and drives a pickaxe into Peggy’s skull, before turning his attention to the children…

Though better assembled and more compelling than its infamous predecessor, Absurd remains little more than a series of silly splatter scenes strung together by the faintest wisp of a plot. Eastman utters nary a line throughout, sidestepping his own inane dialogue while down-on-his-luck Hollywood matinee idol Edmund Purdom delivers a risible performance. Seemingly all too aware of his surroundings, Purdom chooses to avoid acting altogether - a contemptible decision that brings to mind Joan Crawford’s famous statement about making Trog (1970), how when the script isn’t up to much “you’ve got to turn shit into gold.” As screenwriter, Eastman/Montefiori dredges up a handful of potentially interesting concepts (just why are the Vatican creating monsters in their basement?) but does nothing with them since the film is largely a Fifties creature feature with Eighties gore.

Contrary to popular belief, Joe D’Amato has made some good films in his time, including his surreal horror debut Death Smiles at a Murderer (1983) and offbeat post-apocalyptic science fiction adventure Endgame (1983) which also starred Eastman. Still, most of his horror efforts fall short. Here he pads the film with time-wasting cutaways to the children’s parents watching American football and scoffing spaghetti at dinner party, plus a pointless subplot about dad’s guilt over a hit-and-run involving the monster. The cast have been dubbed with accents that morph from English to Irish and American, then back again and typically for European movies pretending to be American, come across like an eccentric bunch. Mum bitches so often about babysitter Peggy you wonder why she ever hired her.

The only grownup to emerge with any credit is Katya’s physician Emily, played by sex film starlet Annie Belle, who rather wastefully gets her head shoved inside a burning oven. Less striking here than in her Seventies heyday, the beautiful Belle was an occasional scriptwriter and known for starring in erotic movies more lyrical and intelligent than the average skin flick, e.g. Laure (1976) and End of Innocence (1976) which she also wrote, and also graced Ruggero Deodato’s infamous House on the Edge of the Park (1980). Having earned a degree in psychology, Belle is now a social worker but speaks very fondly of director Joe D’Amato with whom she re-teamed for a sex film. Lookout for Belle’s co-star in the erotic movie White Emmanuelle, Black Emmanuelle (1976), and regular Joe D’Amato sex film lead Laura Gemser as the star of a TV soap opera that Peggy is glued to.

Real-life siblings Katya and Kasimir Berger are the children of veteran Euro exploitation actor William Berger. While Katya’s crippled heroine is quite compelling, viewers will feel quite disappointed bratty Willy escapes being monster chow, even though he leads poor Emily to her death! Don’t go dismissing the film outright, though. Absurd builds to an almost classically tense and exciting face-off between Katya and the monster complete with a memorable closing shot. The music by Carlo Maria Cordio is catchy and often downright pleasant for a splatter movie - a lesson for young indie helmers who overload their gore efforts with heavy metal. One bizarre footnote: when Absurd was originally announced to the trade press, Van Johnson headed the cast. Presumably playing the priest, but one can only imagine…

Reviewer: Andrew Pragasam

 

This review has been viewed 5517 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
Stately Wayne Manor
Enoch Sneed
  Geraint Morgan
   

 

Last Updated: