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Film / The Corpse Grinders

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"Lotus Cat Food is people!" just does not have quite the same ring to it.

The Corpse Grinders is a 1971 American horror film directed by Ted V. Mikels.

When the Lotus Cat Food Company finds itself in financial trouble, the owners decide to find a new, cheap source of meat — the local graveyard. Only one problem — soon cats develop a taste for human flesh, and kitties are now tearing out throats all over town. A veterinary doctor and his nurse become suspicious and begin to investigate.

Eventually received two sequels: The Corpse Grinders 2 (2000), which was again directed by Mikels, and The Corpse Grinders 3 (2012), which was not.


This film features examples of:

  • Ascended to Carnivorism: In a sense. The cat food made with human flesh turns domestic cats that are content with cat food very aggressive, to the point of driving them into tearing their owners apart.
  • Cats Are Mean: Apparently what really makes them mean is the taste of human flesh.
  • Covers Always Lie: Though more of misleading in this case. The poster features a screaming, bikini-clad woman being shoved into a machine while still obviously fighting for her life. There are no live torsos grinded in the film proper, only corpses, as per the title (though a woman that does resemble her appears among the corpses).
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous: Among the corpses seen being used to make the Lotus cat food is the corpse of a young woman clad only in her underwear. It's eye-catching enough that one of the mooks running the operation is visibly excited at the sight of it.
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  • Even Evil Has Standards: One of the partners in the corpse-grinding business is squicked out by his partner's enthusiasm towards the bikini-clad corpse of a young woman.
  • Gory Deadly Overkill Title of Fatal Death: The Corpse Grinders. Really drives the point home.
  • Human Resources: Lotus Cat Food uses fresh corpses to make their product.
  • I Love the Dead: One of the partners in the corpse-grinding business is… a little excited when he discovers that one of the corpses is that of a bikini-clad young woman. His partner calls him out on this.
  • May Contain Evil: Lotus Cat Food's newest, most popular cat food turns out to involve human flesh and drives the cats that eat it to attack and kill their owners.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Pretty much every woman in the film who isn't the gravedigger's loony wife is a lovely young woman who eventually ends up in some state of undress.