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  • Actors: Sean Kenney, Monika Kelly, Sanford Mitchell, J. Bryon Foster, Warren Ball
  • Directors: Ted V. Mikels
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Ovc
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Sept. 2004
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0002Z9XGU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,838 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Six cult B-Movie short films from acclaimed Cult Horror Movie director Ted V Mikels. Cats become maneaters, and the grinder turns human flesh into the cats favourite snack. Who acn stop this feline mayhem? Angie and Howard?

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wrench on 19 April 2014
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Killer cats are on the prowl after they start to develop a taste for you human flesh as a failing kitty food company decides to top up their tins with exhumed dead bodies!

Low budget and amateurly handled, but somewhat fun and amusing. It's pretty mild on shock value though, even for its day back in '71. Its very light on gore, bar one scene of a cat autopsy. There's no graphic close ups of bodies being grinded and minced as the cover art and title might suggest. So don't expect any Herschell Gordon Lewis type antics here! The 18 rating is misleading also, the film could easily pass for a 12 rating. The cat attacks lack suspense and are clumsily handled and they actually resemble an attack on the cat itself as they are gripped, pulled and thrown around. There's little praise I can aim at this one except for the oddball nature of it all that may appeal to admirers of the campy and schlocky kind. It killed an hour but I'll unlikely revisit this one again.

88Films provides a decent enough release - a directors commentary, making-of, trailers, reversible sleeve and a small booklet with notes provided by Callum Waddell. Picture quality reflects the early 70's grindhouse dirt and grime, so no remastering clean up operation has been undertaken, but I suppose that adds to its charm.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Tender Vittles? 29 Oct. 2001
By Sir Jub-Jub - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
"The Corpse Grinders" tells the tale of a near bankrupt cat food company that decides to cut costs by utilizing human corpses for their "premium blend" of kitty chow. Amazingly, this chow becomes a best seller, the only drawback being that once the felines have tasted human flesh they revert to a very primal state of maneateing. A doctor and his wife stumble across this plot and decide to investigate, which leads to various "horrific" conclusions. "The Corpse Grinders" can best be described as a ultra-low budget student film even though it is directed by the relatively prolific Ted V. Mikels. The acting, sets, sound and special effects are all very amatuerish. This does not detract from the film however as, if one takes it on this level, it is very fun and "campy". I truly enjoyed this film. The DVD presentation from Image is probably the best available. The source print has some damage and color saturation issues but for a low-budget film as this it seems unlikely that a better source material is available. The extras include director commentary which, unfortunately, I have yet to peruse, a very interesting still gallery that includes some shots from altered nude scenes and the theatrical trailer. The film is presented in a slight widescreen format 1.78:1. I would think that anyone who is a fan of "Blood Feast", "The Undertaker and His Pals" and "They Saved Hitler's Brain" will find themselves enjoying this film. Like the box says, I did not watch this with my cat!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Ted V. Mikels Takes On The Pet Food Industry! 19 Jan. 2004
By Robert I. Hedges - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Wow. That's all I can say after watching this, one of the silliest (and conceptually grossest) of all of Mikels' films. I am a true fan of bad movies, but I have mixed feelings on this one. On the one hand the director's commentary is very interesting, even though it's disturbing what he finds funny (no surprise there, I suppose...), and it is a fun movie to mock in a kind of 'Plan 9' way (The 'sets' of the hospital are amazingly realistic! Not!), certainly the plot is silly and fun to riff on. In essence we have a corrupt, near-bankrupt cat food magnate running the Lotus Cat Food Company who decides to cut costs by grinding up corpses, cadavers, and later his own victims. (That's a plus: it certainly beats 'downsizing'; laying off all your employees in the States and exporting their jobs overseas, as is all the managerial rage today.) The only problem is that once the cats taste human flesh, they return to their wild roots and attack their owners, killing them in the most hilarious 'attack' sequences you have ever seen. It is wonderful watching the people holding onto the killer cats for dear life, trying to keep them from running away while making it look like a life or death struggle. Eventually a doctor and nurse couple finds out what's going on and confronts the evil cat food magnate in the climactic scene.
So much for the good part. The bad part is that while very unrealistic, the movie was still gross, in a disgusting, dirty way. The repeated scene of the meat coming out of the meat grinder was not really especially gory, but it was used about a thousand times and got pretty tiresome. I like these nutty, cult movies, but I think Mikels has done better, and way more amusing, movies, such as "Girl in the Gold Boots". If you have seen that movie as well, you will note that several key people are in both movies, and in fact they were filmed in the same year.
Overall, I decided on three stars for boring gore and general amateurishness, although I debated about giving it four stars which is probably what it would deserve for most grade Z movie fans. The deciding factor, interestingly, was an extra on the DVD. The DVD has several extras including the director's commentary track, a filmography, behind the scenes pictures (don't expect too much), and a video 'tribute' to the movie by Bentmen called 'Immaculate Contraption'. I found 'Immaculate Contraption' to be the five most painful minutes of cinema viewing in my life. It was badly produced (and not in a campy, fun way), the music was wretched, and it was generally putrid. That became the tiebreaker and earned the film three stars instead of the four I originally intended. Save yourself the pain. 'Immaculate Contraption' is neither immaculate or a contraption, but it positively is rubbish.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A slightly above average low-budget schlocker 29 Mar. 2003
By Alan Mora - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This Ted V Mikels drive-in classic is definately worth at least a one-time glance. There isn't very much gore (as in some Herschell Gordon Lewis Productions) nor is there a lot of sex (as in most Russ Myer films) but this film does have some interesting characters and a unique storyline. It seems that the people at the Lotus Cat Food Company are using human flesh in their product in order to boost sales and sales are definately booming for the food "For Cats Who Love People". Trouble begins to unfold when cats all over town start to turn on their owners (the "cat attack" scenes in this film are totally off the wall!). Meanwhile, a young doctor and his blonde nurse begin to investigate the Lotus Cat Food Company and uncover the ghastly truth. The plot takes a strange twist when the company owners start using live cadavers in their product as opposed to the dead bodies they usually dig up from fresh graves...definately a must see for lovers of cult cinema! This DVD version contains the original theatrical trailer, commentary by director Ted V Mikels, a "behind the scenes" photo gallery, a rare music video entitled "Immaculate Contraption" and some highly entertaining trailers for other Ted V Mikels films.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
They Grind Corpses 17 Feb. 2008
By Stanley Runk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The Corpse Grinders is one of those Z grade "classics" that only appeals to a very small group of people. Most lovers of bad films are even turned off by this movie making it a kind of Cult cult movie, if such a term exists. Random folks are being attacked by their cats. Seems some loonies who run a cat food factory put corpses into the cat food, thus making the cats ravenous for human flesh. A doctor and his nurse girlfriend are out to get to the bottom of the madness. Basically that's the story, and a cool idea it is. The problem is that the movie has no edge to it. Many other Z grade exploitation directors had an edge or gimmick that made their films work, and made it easy for people to see past the low budget. Mikels, unlike his schlockmeister peers, HG Lewis, Russ Meyer, John Waters and Roger Corman, just didn't have anything new or unique to bring to the table. Ted Mikels has a cool idea, but it's not enough. No gore or nudity, or even humor for that matter(his film Astro Zombies was better in my opinion, though some might debate that). This movie might have worked out much better if it were played as camp. Sure, you really can't take what's going on seriously, but the movie seems to be taking itself quite seriously. There really aren't even any "so bad it's funny" type moments. Well, maybe one or two. I'd have to say the most entertaining way to view the movie is with Mikels' commentary track. While I do have to admit that I did actually enjoy this movie on some level, I can't recommend it to folks with any kind of confidence. Folks may be able to get past the wooden acting, amateurish look and cheap sets(after all, Herschell Gordon Lewis can make these things work to his advantage), but I don't think alot of people will really dig this one coz it's just missing that "something" that could really make it work. Hell, someone must have liked it though. It did fairly well at the drive-ins, and Mikels' career continues to this day! The man did make money off his films, so someone out there is watching. You can watch too, but do it at your own risk.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
GOOD MOVIE AND EXCELLENT COMMENTARY 29 Mar. 2004
By R. A POKATILOFF - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
First of all, the script and acting are OK, not great, but good enough. But what makes this flick worth seeing are the interesting characters: the lady with one leg, the retarded, funny looking janitor (Yes!, he gets a ride in the grinder.), the grave digger, and his loony wife with her doll that she thinks is her real kid. You see what I mean. The commentary by MIKELS is interesting. He certainly likes to do these things. The film footage, on the main menu, shows the corpse grinder in operation. Oh yes, the cats attacking their masters is stupid, but then that is part of the charm of this offering.
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