Cannibal Apocalypse

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    CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE (1980)
    Italy produced a ton of zombie movies and cannibal movies following the huge success of DAWN OF THE DEAD. Margheriti (WILD WILD PLANET) more or less combines the two genres and makes a movie aimed more at the action audience than at horror fans. Green Beret John Saxon rescues some buddies from the Viet Cong and is shocked to discover them chowing down on one of the captors. One of them bites Saxon, transferring to him a virus that produces an overwhelming urge to eat human flesh. Years later, home in Atlanta, Saxon has managed to keep his cannibalistic tendencies sublimated, but the cute teenager living next door has a tight tummy he just can’t resist… There isn’t much of an “apocalypse” here; only about four or five mad cannibals on the run from cops with flamethrowers commanded by hilariously profane cop Wallace Wilkinson (who went on to become governor of Kentucky!). Saxon manages to bring a bit of humanity to an almost impossible role, and Lombardo Radice (billed as John Morghen) and Tony King (BUCKTOWN) are welcome sights for cult-movie fans. One cool special effect finds the camera peering through a hole clear through Radice’s chest. Saxon claims he’s never seen CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE, saying the gore turned him off.
     
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