A relaxing vacation in a small village takes a turn for the worse for a group of friends, as their vacation turns into the holiday from hell. As they become trapped in an empty village where all the inhabitants have been torn to shreds, and everytime they turn around another friend goes missing.
With a movie being directed by Andreas Schnaas, it's not hard to know what your going to get, and "Anthropophagous 2000" is exactly what you think it is. Though it is more than a remake, it was almost a love letter to Joe D'Amato, and the original "Anthropophagus". Whether I liked the original or not, the movie still made an impact on the horror genre, and no doubt inspired filmmakers like Schnaas since it was a pretty gutsy movie for when it was made.
Of course, people are not a fan of Schnaas' take on "Anthropophagus" since the original was a serious horror flick, while Schnaas tends to make over-the-top gorefests, that usually end up being great bad movies. So of course, seeing their beloved movie being given a camp value, left a nasty taste in their mouths. I can understand where they are coming from, especially since these days it's common place for Hollywood to take horror classics and give them atrocious remakes. Such as "Dawn of the Dead" and "Black Christmas". Though I don't agree with them in this case, infact I'd be hard pressed to hate anything Schnaas does. As I said, if you are familiar with Schnaas, then you know what you are going to get, in which you can't really have any expectations other than seeing buckets of gore.
Which is what all it was, it took the original material and for the most part kept it the same. Only real difference was that he added in some more death scenes, and made them much more violent and gory. Best example is the scene on the beach where a couple are killed. In the original you see the woman get pulled underwater by an unseen force, followed by blood floating to the surface. Then the man on the beach takes a meat cleaver to the head, unfortunately, the camera cuts away as the cleaver, comes down, then pans back to show it buried in his skull. Sure its not much fun having the cut away, but it was still a pretty effective little shot. In "Anthropophagous 2000", he not only shows everything, but takes it way over the top. With the man, we get to see the aftermath of him having his face ripped off. But for the woman, we get the full gory goodness of taking axe shots to the back, and getting her face ripped off as well. Which is really the pattern the movie follows through out the run time, taking original scenes such as that and just making them as violent and gory as possible. Which may put some people off because they are so over-the-top it becomes rather cheesy, but it's actually a lot of fun. No simple bit wounds here. No sir. Impalements on pikes, spears through the neck, faces getting smashed in with rocks...Being bitten would be a walk in the park for these characters.
So Schnaas has the gore part covered, and D'Amato pretty much took care of the story and the characters. By that I don't mean D'Amato helped to make the movie, especially considering that he passed away before the movie was made. It's just Schnaas didn't deviate from the original too much. The main set of characters are the same, it still takes place in an abandoned village where the population was wiped out by "The Beast". So if you've seen the original then you not only know how the movie is going to play out, but which characters are going to die. Which does come in handy at times since there are moments where there are somethings removed or blown through so quickly, pertaining to characters and story. That if you already didn't know the story or what's going on, you'd pretty much be lost. There are also some slight changes made, including having the people arrive at the village by RV rather than boat. With that, it looses the feeling of isolation and the desperation of being trapped on an island with a madman with no way of escaping.
In the end though, it doesn't matter too much since the movie is really just meant to be another entertaining bloodbath from Schnaas. The only real complaint I would make against the movie, is the ending. While I didn't care for "Anthropophagus", I dug the hell out of the ending. There is just something really messed up about man getting ahold of his own intestines as they fall out of his body and taking a bite out of them. In this version, as he is dying from being shot, he tears open his stomach to rip out the intestines to take a bite out of them. Once again, playing on that theme of taking the death scenes over the top, it just made the scene have less of an impact and made it rather silly. If that's what you are looking for, over-the-top violence and gore, then you'll enjoy this.