Rosso sangue (1981)

Italy, 1981
83m (Germany), 88m (Spain), 90m 59s (USA – video), 96m
35mm film, Telecolor
mono, Italian

An Italian horror film directed by Joe D’Amato using the pseudonym Peter Newton. Notionally, it’s a sequel to D’Amato’s Antropophagus (1980) though there’s little real connection between the two films. Like its predecessor, Rosso sangue – retitled Absurd – was placed on the “video nasties” list in the UK during the 1980s.

Plot Summary

A priest is pursuing a madman who, the victim of a genetic experiment, has become a homicidal killer with blood that coagulates very quickly, making him virtually indestructible. The killer goes on the rampage in a small town.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Peter Newton [real name: Joe D’Amato]
© [not given]
The Metaxa Corp. presents
Producers: Joe D’Amato *, Donatella Donati *
Presented by: Helen Sarlui *
Production Manager: Jack Bush
Story and Screenplay by: John Cart [real name: Joe D’Amato]
Assistant Director: Michele Soavi *
Director of Photography: Richard Haller [real name: Joe D’Amato]
Film Editor: George Morley [real name: Giorgio Moriani]
Developing Laboratory: Telecolor S.p.a., Rome
Music by: Carlo Maria Cordio
CAM Edizioni Musicali, Roma
Costumes: Helen Crosby
Set Decoration: Helen Crosby

George Eastman [real name: Luigi Montefiore] [Nikos Thanopolous]
Annie Belle [Emily]
Charles Borromel [real name: Christian Borromeo] [Sergeant Ben Engleman]
Katya Berger [Katia Bennett]
Kasimir Berger [Willy Bennett]
Ian Danby [Ian Bennett?]
Ted Rusoff
Edmund Purdom [priest]
Hanja Kochansky [Anja – uncredited]
Goffredo Unger [man killed with circular saw – uncredited]
Michele Soavi [biker – uncredited]
Manlio Certosino [man on TV – uncredited]
Dirce Funari [woman on TV – uncredited]
Martin Sorrentino [deputy – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

Absurd – UK title
Absurd – Antropophagous 2
Anthropophageous 2
Antropophagous 2
– early title
Ausgeburt der Holle
– German title
Grim Reaper II
– US video title
– French title
The Monster Hunter
– US title
Psychose infernale
– French video title
Terror sin limite
– Spanish title
Zombie 6 Monster Hunter
– alternative US video title

See also
Antropophagus (1980)


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