Dat axe. Absurd
(1981) (also known as Rosso Sangue
, Anthropophagus 2
, 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:
- The Alcoholic: Shawnessy.
- An Axe to Grind: A decorative one is used to behead Mikos.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Willy.
- Badass Longcoat: The priest.
- Badass Preacher
- Badly Battered Babysitter: Emily.
- Barrier-Busting Blow
- 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.
- Cassandra Truth: Willy.
- Chekhov's Gun: The drafting compass.
- Cut Phone Lines
- Death by Mocking: The biker.
- Decapitation Presentation: "Look, Willy, you don't need to be afraid anymore."
- Decoy Protagonist: Emily.
- 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.
- Evil-Detecting Dog
- Eye Awaken
- Eye Scream: Mikos getting a drafting compass in the eyes.
- Facial Horror: Emily gets her face burnt off in an oven.
- Fantastic Catholicism
- Final Girl: Katia.
- Follow the Leader: Kind of a blatant Halloween (1978) copycat.
- Gross-Up Close-Up
- Healing Factor: Though it evidently isn't very quick acting.
- Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: It appears to be Super Bowl Sunday.
- Immune to Bullets
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Nurse Thelma gets drilled through one side of the head and out the other.
- Impromptu Tracheotomy: Emily's death.
- Improvised Weapon: Emily grabs some scissors to use as a weapon (and is killed with them) while Katia stabs Mikos in the hand and eyes with a drafting compass.
- Murderer P.O.V.
- My Car Hates Me: The motorcycle of the biker victim breaks down near Mikos.
- Never Found the Body: After Nikos was riddled with bullets in Europe, and fell into the sea.
- No Name Given: Most of the characters, including the priest.
- Noodle Incident: Whatever it was that gave Mikos his Healing Factor.
- Off with His Head!: Mikos's death.
- Peek-A-Boo Corpse: Emily turns on the light in a room, revealing Peggy's body.
- Powerful Pick: Peggy gets stabbed in the head with one.
- Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: "So this is the team, eh? A priest, a detective near retirement, and a young moron rookie of a cop. Terrific, just terrific."
- Reaction Shot: We get several shots of Willy's bizarre facial contortions.
- Red Shirt: Most of the victims are incidental and unnamed people, like the machine shop owner, and the biker.
- Removing the Head or Destroying the Brain: The only way to destroy Mikos.
- Shirtless Scene: Mikos.
- Slasher Smile
- Spiritual Successor: To The Anthropophagus Beast.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Shawnessy.
- 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.
- Throwing Off the Disability
- This Is a Drill: Nurse Thelma's death.
- Title Drop: "It's absurd, completely absurd."
- Token Minority: Jim, and the deputy.
- Video Nasties
- The Voiceless: Mikos.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: "I would say that he does not regenerate cells perfectly, that he is... insane."
- Zombie Gait: What Mikos is reduced to after losing his eyes.