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Anthropophagous 2000 (1999): Andreas Schnaas’ Best Film Still the Worst Remake Ever?

Anthropophagous 2000 (Andreas Schnaas, 1999)

[note: review originally published 28Nov2008]

 

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Scary? He looks like half the population of Armpit, Wisconsin!

Joe D’Amato made almost two hundred films in his long and storied (to be euphemistic) career, including the notorious Emmanuelle and the Last Cannibals and Porno Holocaust. I always thought Anthropophagous, a 1981 video nasty that went basically unnoticed on this side of the pond, was his strongest film. But then, that could be because I’m hopelessly in love with Tisa Farrow and would watch her read the phone book if someone would film it. In any case, I adore the movie, and so I should have been prepared for Andreas Schnaas (Violent Shit)’ remake to be absolutely horrendous. But many gorehounds, including some whose opinions I give automatic respect, have gone on and on about how much better this movie is than the original. I should have known better.

 

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This would be so much better if those weren’t obviously sausages.

In case you missed the original (and if you live in the states, you most likely did), the plot: a bunch of folks get hunted by a killer with a taste for flesh (not a spoiler if you understand the title). In Schnaas’ update, the folks are closer to the young-and-beautiful stereotype that’s been cemented in slasher films since D’Amato’s original, which isn’t bad (but then, one of the reasons I’m so fond of the original is that Tisa Farrow is gorgeous without being part of that stereotype). He also sets it in a remote corner of Germany rather than an urban setting, which changes things up a bit; you don’t have to mask disappearances as much if there’s no one around to notice but other campers. From there, you know the drill—someone goes off alone, you hear a scream (or, in a Schnaas film, see a couple of moments of over-the-top obviously fake gore effects), and there’s one less camper to keep track of. Not that it takes a lot, given how cardboard these characters are.

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speaking in tongues: overrated!

 

If all you’re looking for is a quick time-waster with some gore effects, then any Andreas Schnaas movie, including this one, will fill the bill. If you’re looking for something more, however, go for the original. * ½

 

 

 

…I can’t do it to you. Instead, a trailer for the much-superior original.

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

5 responses »

  1. Oh wow. This looks fabulous!! The original I mean, not this remake. I should try to hunt it down somehow.

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    • It may now be available domestically. I had to snag mine on ebay from a Canadian seller back in the nineties, who was selling bad second-generation VHS bootlegs… but about half my VHS collection came from that guy! (The Baby of Macon, Anthropophagous, about half the Lucio Fulci movies I own that had never been released in America, Derek Jarman’s Blue and Ostia: The Death of Pasolini on one tape, Men Behind the Sun and MBTS 2, etc. etc. etc…) If it had never been released in America, I’m pretty sure he had it. And nowadays I can’t even remember his seller handle, dagnabbit (I’d LOVE to find out if there was a Swedish release of Sjostrom’s The Wind that had the ending Hollywood vetoed!).

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      • Wow, so many movies I wasn’t even aware of – my knowledge of not released in America movies mostly consists of Salo, lol. I’m going to have to google The Wind because I’m definitely intrigued now!

      • [for some reason it won’t let me reply directly to that post…]

        The Wind IS an American film, though Victor Sjostrom, its director, was Swedish: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0019585/combined
        IMO one of the best silents ever made, with city girl Lillian Gish moving out to the wild frontier to get married to an ultimately-neglectful husband. Not easy to find these days, which is incredibly unfortunate. Gish and Sjostrom both talked about the original ending in interviews; instead of the husband having a sudden, out-of-character change of heart (which happened because of bad test marketing), the original ending has Gish’s character going insane and wandering out of the house to die in a dust storm caused by the ever-present wind.

        If it pops up at a revival house or art cinema within driving distance, or you see it pop up on TCM (it does show up occasionally), it’s well worth going out of your way to see. An incredible piece of filmmaking.

  2. [Yeah, they cut off replies to replies after so long it seems.]

    Wow, that does sound really incredible. I’ll have to hunt down some art houses in NYC because I doubt it’d play at even the art houses here in Jersey (though I could be wrong). I don’t have television so unless TCM has online stuff, that option is out.

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