Film: Absurd

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Absurd (1981) (also known as Rosso Sangue, Anthropophagus 2, Horrible, The Grim Reaper 2 and Zombie 6: Monster Hunter) is an Italian horror film considered to be an unofficial sequel to The Anthropophagus Beast. It was directed by Joe D'Amato, was written by George Eastman, and it was on the Video Nasties list in the early 1980's.

The plot concerns a nearly invincible man known only as Mikos whose blood coagulates incredibly fast. The rapid coagulation is a gift that has made him insanely homicidal. A priest pursues Mikos to try to destroy him, knowing that the only way to do so is to destroy the brain. Naturally, given the movie's reputation, things are pretty much required to get worse before they get better.

This movie inspired the name of German black metal band Absurd, a national socialist band who committed murder in 1993.


This film contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Big Damn Heroes: Subverted. The priest shows up, gun in hand, but is quickly strangled by Mikos.
  • California Doubling: Set in America, but filmed in Italy.
  • Car Fu: Mikos is accidentally run over by Mr. Bennett.
  • Dolled-Up Installment: Anthropophagus 2, The Grim Reaper 2 and Zombie 6: Monster Hunter.
  • Eagleland: You can tell the setting is America and totally not Italy because of how awesome everyone is always saying football is.
  • Eye Scream: Mikos getting a drafting compass in the eyes.
  • Facial Horror: Emily gets her face burnt off in an oven.
  • The Stoic: Mr. Bennett is a pretty apathetic guy, not really caring that he ran over a man, and showing little interest when his wife tells him about Mikos being disemboweled on their fence.
  • Things That Go Bump in the Night: Lots of comparisons to the boogeyman.