John Hudson returns to the Bloody Pit to help me discuss this amazing cannibal gore film from director Antonio Margheriti. Shooting in
during the cooler months of the year gives some fascinating texture to the film
and lends a little gravity to the plot about deranged Vietnam Vets. And when your
story revolves around a virus that somehow transfers cannibalism between people
like the flu you need all the seriousness you can muster! Luckily this is one
of the very few Margheriti films that has been released to DVD in the Atlanta, Georgia US with extras!
Among those extras is a very nice 54 minute long documentary about CANNIBAL
APOCALYPSE that includes interviews with the director as well as actors John
Saxon and Giovanni Lambardo Radice a.k.a. John Morghen. This gives us a little
more insight into the film than we usually have and allows for some examination
of the ideas presented, which I like!
Before we dive into the film Hudson and I catch up a bit with discussion of our upcoming Alice Cooper encounter; John's history with Tarantino theatrical screenings; his rewatch of The Sopranos; my journey through the Hannibal TV series and a general concern for the winter weather. Once we attack our main topic I start with some information on the legendary Italian screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti who is responsible for so many of the classic Euro-Cult films of the 1970's and 80's that entire books should be written about him! As the podcast continues we complain about the often inappropriate score along with an audio example of the sound of blood dripping from meat - high strangeness. There is some talk about flamethrowers and exploding dogs as well as the real animal cruelty in the sewer scenes. We touch on the use of wood as a metaphor (I'm not kidding) and end up wondering what words rhyme with Saxon. Yeah, we're all over the place in this one.