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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 named Mikos Stanopolous 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 Bad: Mikos Stanopolous, the maniacal Implacable Man killing everybody.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Subverted. The priest shows up, gun in hand, but is quickly strangled by Mikos.
  • Car Fu: Mikos is accidentally run over by Mr. Bennett.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The drafting compass which is eventually used to blind Mikos.
  • 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.
  • Gorn: As in Anthropophagus, the murder scenes in this film are quite visceral and explicit.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: In addition, said death scenes are often prone to lingering on the gruesome details. This is especially the case with Emily's death by burning and the circular saw murder.
  • Healing Factor: Though it evidently isn't very quick acting.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: It appears to be Super Bowl Sunday.
  • 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: Katya spends most of the film bedridden due to a spinal problem. Then out of nowhere she suddenly manages to free herself from her restraints and dispatch Mikos, showing no apparent signs of any physical struggle.
  • This Is a Drill: Nurse Thelma's death.
  • Title Drop: "It's absurd, completely absurd."


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