Apocalypse domani (1980)

Italy, Spain,
91m (USA – theatrical), 95m, 97m
35mm, Technovision, Technicolor, 1.66:1
mono, Italian

An Italian/Spanish horror directed by veteran Antonio Margheriti. Inspired as much by Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) as by the international success of Lucio Fulci's Zombi 2 (1979), it fell foul of British law and was consigned to the “” list though it was later given a DVD release.

Plot Summary

A group of Vietnam vets return to the USA infected with a virus that turns them into cannibals. The squad leader joins his infected former troops and a female doctor who has also fallen prey to the virus as they go on the rampage through Atlanta, Georgia.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Anthony M. Dawson [real name: Antonio Margheriti]
Copyright 1980 New Fida Organisation
Edmondo Amati presents a New Fida Organisation, Jose Frade production
Produced by: Maurizio and Sandro Amati
Screenplay by: Jimmy Gould [real name: Dardano Sacchetti], Anthony M. Dawson [real name: Antonio Margheriti]
Based on an Original Story by: Jimmy Gould [real name: Dardano Sacchetti]
Director of Photography: Fernando Arribas
Film Editor: George Serralonga
Music Composed and Conducted by: Alexander Blonksteiner
Sound Engineer: Raoul Mountsaint
Costume Designer: Lucy Morrison
Make up Artist: Gianetto de Rossi
Hair-stylist: Liselotte Powers
Special Effects: Bob Shelley
Titles and Optical Effects: Studio 4
Art Director: Walter Patriarca
Filmed on location at Atlanta, Georgia and at De Paolis Studios, Rome

Cast
John Saxon (Norman Hopper)
Elizabeth Turner (Jane Hopper)
John Morghen [real name: Giovanni Lombardo Radice] (Charlie Bukowski)
Cindy Hamilton [real name: Cinzia De Carolis] (Mary)
Tony King (Tom Thompson)
Wallace Wilkinson (Captain McCoy)
Ray Williams [real name: Ramiro Oliveros] (Dr Phil Mendez)
John Geroson
May Heatherly (Helen)
Ronnie Sanders
Vic Perkins
Jere Beery (biker leader)
Joan Riordan (Aunt Tina)
Laura Dean
Lonnie Smith (biker)
Don Ruffin (Carlos)
Benjamin Rogers
William H. Gribble (doctor in ambulance)
George Nikas (biker)
Doug Dillingham (cop)

Alternative Titles

Apocalipse Cannibal
Apocalipsis caníbal
– Spanish title
Apocalisse domani – Italian title
Apocalypse manana – Spanish shooting title
Asphalt Kannibalen – German title
Cannibal apocalipsis – alternative title
Cannibal apocalisse – Italian shooting title
Cannibal Apocalypse – UK title
Cannibali in citta – Italian shooting title
Cannibal Massacre
The Cannibals Are in the Streets
– alternative US title
Cannibals in the City – alternative US title
Cannibals in the Street – US title
Demain l'apocalypse – French title
Hunter of the Apocalypse
Invasion of the Fleshhunters
– US video title
Pulsions cannibales – French Canadian title
Savage Apocalypse – US advertising title
Savage Slaughterers – pre-shooting export title
The Slaughterers – alternative US advertising title
Virus – Spanish title

See also
Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Extracts included in
Apocalypse in the Streets (2002)
Cannibal Apocalypse Redux (2002)

Production Notes

Censorship History
Although there was an unrated video release in the early 1980s, this fell foul of the “video nasties” furore and the film became legally unavailable in the UK.

Press

1982
Variety 18 August 1982 p.14
's the thing, with enough makeup effects by Gianetto De Rossi (who did a similar trender, Zombie) to impress the limited audience segment for explicit mayhem. […] The episodic, unengrossing incidents here are just padding between gore effects, with much biting, eating red “human” meat and spilling of blood on camera. Injokes are the main distraction, as in naming the lead cannibal soldier “Charles Bukowski” and playing the for black humor as well as horror. […] Missed opportunities here are galling. Instead of exploiting the “bringing the back home angle, Margheriti stages routine chases and siege-shootouts with Atlanta's finest, plus running around the city's sewer systems with flamethrowers. The interesting gimmick that instead of the genre's usual zombie monsters we have here relatively normal people (with ongoing real-life hangups) on the rampage, is sloughed off. […] Acting is unimpressive, with Saxon suitably grim under the circumstances and black thesp Tony King (so good in 1974's Report to the Commissioner) called upon to give an embarrassing performance.” – from a review by Lor

References

Periodicals

  • Book of the Dead no.4 p.22 – credits, review
  • Cineinforme no.46 (November 1980) p.12 – review
  • Cinema d'Oggi 18 May 1983 p.12 – illustrated article
  • Delirium no.3 pp.8-9 – credits, review
  • L'Écran Fantastique no.13 (1980) p.57 – review
  • L'Écran Fantastique no.16 (1981) pp.12, 33 – illustrated article
  • Fangoria no.48 p.19 – review
  • Foreign Sales, Italian Movie Trade vol.6 no.6 (June 1980) p.12 – credits
  • Gore Gazette no.88 p.4 – review
  • Halls of Horror no.27 p.18 – note
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.273 no.25 (9 September 1982) p.6 – credits, review
  • Is It Uncut? No.4 pp.9-10 – illustrated review
  • Starburst no.30 p.25 – review
  • Variety 18 August 1982 p.14 – review (by Lor)
  • Video Week 5 January 1987 p.8 – note

Books

  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror pp.344-355 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis p.41 – credits
  • The Seduction of the Gullible (2nd edition) by John Martin p.39 – credits, review
  • Spaghetti Nightmares p.163 – credits