Anthropophagous 2000 (Andreas Schnaas, 1999)
[note: review originally published 28Nov2008]
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.
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.
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.