The Corpse Grinders (1971) (Blu-ray Review)

The Corpse Grinders (1971) (Blu-ray Review)

The Corpse Grinders (1971) (Blu-ray Review)

📅10 November 2017, 20:55

The Corpse Grinders (1971) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Ted V. Mikels
Starring: Sean Kenney, Monika Kelly, Sanford Mitchell
Rated: UR/Region: A/1:85/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available From Vinegar Syndrome

The Lotus Cat Food Company has hit major financial trouble and is on the verge of closing, until the owners realize that rather than paying for meat, they can use bodies from the local graveyard to fill their tins. As their latest product hits the shelves, it’s revealed to have an unintentional result: every cat that eats it is transformed into a bloodthirsty brute with an unending hunger for human flesh!

People are being killed and turned into cat food! Even worse, this new taste of human meat it now causing cats to lose their damn minds and randomly attack people! All this and more takes place in the 1971 film, The Corpse Grinders, which is actually part of a trilogy of films that goes from this movie to a shot on video sequel around 2000, and then a digital looking 3rd film in 2003 or so. This one here is the one that started it all, however, and we have it on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome. The movie really sticks out even if it isn’t the best film you’ve ever seen. One of the reasons is the wild plot and the other reason is perhaps the weird characters we have here. People are trying to figure out what is going on and some are just weirdos trying to deliver the bodies to the people making the stuff. This is some crazy stuff for 1971 and that might be another thing that really helps it, despite its shortcomings. This is for sure a drive-in film.

We get some info at the start of this one about how the transfer comes from the last remaining sources for the film. Due to that some of the movie might look a little rough in HD by HD standards but the movie looks great all things considered and you’ll see some detail here from time to time as well. I kind of liked that older and rougher look, because it adds to the vibe of the film. We get an interview and a commentary for the extras, so all in all, it is a good release for a movie that you might not expect to get as much. I’m a little mixed on the plot, but I dug the whole crazy plot of it all and did enjoy a great deal of it. Killer cats are just an added bonus to an already weird film.


– Region free Blu-ray
– Newly scanned and restored in 2k from the 16mm negative
– Audio Commentary by filmmaker Elijah Drenner (AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE) featuring rare archival audio recordings from the private files of Ted V. Mikels and vintage Drive-In Theater announcements for “The Final Dimension in Shock”.
– “Ted Talks” – Archival Interview with Ted V. Mikels from 2007
– Stills gallery
– Reversible cover artwork
– English SDH subtitles

Quality of Transfer: 88%

NOTE: The first 2,000 copies sold through will include a double-thick limited edition slipcover designed by Earl Kessler. If you see this message and you order the release, you’ll get the limited slipcover.




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