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"Sequel" to Joe D'Amato's Anthropophagus has George Eastman "acting" as Nikos, a psychopathic maniac (or something) who after being near fatally wounded and taken to a hospital, some how gets transmorgofied into an indestructible superman (who, of course, is still a psychopathic maniac) anyway, Nikos runs off and raises all forms of mayhem, eventually finding his way to a country home where the films prolonged, terrifying climax occurs, and yada yada yada. A priest pursues Nikos (don't recall his connection to the character, but who cares), there's a bedridden, paralyzed chick, an annoying little hellion of a child and a lot of awful 80's euro decor and music. Plus, a handful of incredibly violent murders. So whats not to like (if you enjoy this sort of thing)? Well the slow pace is the films only real issue. I mean, come on! If your honestly considering purchasing the quasi sequel to a film titled Anthropophagus the Grim Reaper, then I'm confident you'll be able to overlook the stale acting, "special" effects and drab locations. If your a fan of these awful, but so fun, euro trash splatter flicks, then you know to expect these short comings. To be honest, I don't remember a great deal of this film other than the gore set pieces. While not very frequent, the films murder scenes are violent, drawn out and appropriately low tech. The effect work ranges from good to lacking. A surgical drill through the temple of a young nurse for example, looks quite good in the long shot. The intense expression of agony on her face as Nikos forces the instrument into her skull, blood flooding down the side of her shirt. Then we get the close-up of the thin, nonthreatening drill bit, burrowing into an obviously false, obviously precut flap of...I don't know..of what looks like a piece of flesh colored rubber with some locks of hair attached to the sides, and when the drill exits out the other side of her head, after the drill delves into her cranium, eviscerating her brain matter, when this deadly spinning spike punctures through the opposite temple, NO BLOOD! NO BLOOD on the drill bit! NO BLOOD flowing from the wound! I mean, come on! Other murders (which, lets not BS, this is what you'r here for) include a mans head sliced open with a table saw (another fantastic set piece just exploding with carnage!), a pickax through the skull, and the much talked about "oven scene"...which to be honest is pretty ridiculous. Woman is forced into an oven, its turned on and in practically real time, we witness the oven heating up and cooking the woman alive. This scene lasts for no less than five minutes (that's how it feels at least) and, again, is pretty illogical as is the entire film. Illogical is a good word to describe Horrible (aka Absurd, aka Monster Hunter, aka Zombie 6, aka you get the picture)as is "violent", "tasteless", "depraved", but hey, this is the same director who brought us such subtle , personal films like Porno Holocaust and Hard Sensations, and who could forget Caligola: The Untold Story. One of the more sought after, notorious "Video Nasties", Horrible was for some time only available on bootlegged copies and (from my "research") a German DVD. Well, here it is. Finally, after all these years of salivating over the thought of owning an official region 1, US DVD, here it is...What more did you expect? i for one am quite content with this release. The transfer is quite good minus a few brief, minor scenes that only exist in VHS format. All gore is from existing film elements and is clear as day so don't get all nervous. These short VHS segments are here to present the entire film, uncut, unabridged for the first time ever on DVD. Not a feature or supplement to speak of, understandable when you consider the age and obscurity of the film. Audio is fine, with one big exception. The choice is here to view the film in English or Italian. Problem is there are no subtitle options to be found. I'm a bit baffled as to why the option would be presented on a region 1, US DVD if subtitles would not be provided. Another gripe, that cover art is Horrible (haha, see what I did there...), why not use any of the films numerous lurid, colorful VHS or poster artwork? This seems to happen quite frequently with DVD releases of these old Italian exploitation pictures. Any-who, I've babbled for far too long. If you want to see Horrible, this is the way to go (for now). A good transfer, completely uncut, just a shame about that cover and lack of subs. still a solid (bare bones) release. I was able to order this a while ago for about $3!!! Seeing the prices its going for as of today, maybe thats why I'm so positive in my review. Eh, whatever, get it. Fun movie...awful...but fun.