CANNIBALS IN THE STREETS; INVASION OF THE FLESH HUNTERS; SAVAGE APOCALYPSE; THE SLAUGHTERERS; VIRUS
Cannibal Apocalypse a routine entry that attempts to blend the two themes. The inspiration for the film seems to have come from someone seeing Dawn of the Dead and Apocalypse Now (1979) one after the other both films were released around the same time. However, Cannibal Apocalypse never amounts to anything more than its novelty concept of having cannibalistic Vietnam veterans. The metaphors that underline many of the Italian cannibal films about primitive tribes coming to literally devour Western society could have been used to potently echo the American Vietnam guilt and denial trip but Antonio Margheriti misses such ripe subtext by miles. Even the zombie/cannibals are not particularly interesting they are too human in personality and seem to shoot people more than they ever eat them.
Cannibal Apocalypse is a competently directed film, although Antonio Margheriti, an Italian exploitation director whose career stretched between the 1950s and the 2000s, has made far better. Certainly, Margheriti does not falter when it comes to depicting gore, the film having some most convincing chunk-blowings and splatterings. There is one particularly good effect where John Morghen is dispatched and ends up hanging onto a grille with a hole blown through his stomach where people can be seen moving on the other side.
Antonio Margheritis other genre films are:- the space opera Assignment Outer Space (1960), the space opera Battle of the Worlds (1961), the Gothic Castle of Blood (1964), the peplum Devil Against the Son of Hercules (1964), the peplum Hercules, Prisoner of Evil (1964), the Gothic The Long Hair of Death (1964), the Gothic The Virgin of Nuremberg (1964), the space opera War of the Planets (1965), the space opera The Wild, Wild Planet (1965), the spy film Lightning Bolt (1966), the space opera War Between the Planets (1966), the space opera The Snow Devils (1967), the giallo The Young, The Evil and the Savage (1968), the giallo The Unnaturals (1969), the invisibility comedy Mr Superinvisible (1970), the Gothic Web of the Spider (1971), the giallo Seven Dead in the Cats Eye (1973), the gonzo Western comedy Whiskey and Ghosts (1976), the adventure film Hunters of the Golden Cobra (1982), the post-holocaust barbarian film Yor, The Hunter from the Future (1983), the adventure film The Ark of the Sun God (1984), Treasure Island in Outer Space (mini-series, 1987), the alien nasty film Alien from the Deep (1989) and the sf/action film Virtual Weapon (1997).