CANNIBALS AND CARPET FITTERS (2017) Reviews and overview

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‘Never work on an empty stomach’

Cannibals and Carpet Fitters is a 2017 British comedy horror feature film directed by James Bushe (shorts: Predator: Dark Ages; Secrets of the Dark House) from a screenplay by Richard Lee O’Donnell. The latter stars, alongside Darren Sean Enright and Zara Phythian star.

The feature film is based upon James Bushe’s 2014 short film of the same name.


A group of carpet fitters is sent on a job to an old country house in the middle of nowhere. However, they soon discover it’s a trap set up by the savage, cannibalistic family, The Hannings. The carpet fitters are forced to fight for their lives or risk ending up being evening dinner…


In the UK, the film will be available on DVD via High Fliers Films on 20 May 2019.


Cannibals and Carpet Fitters is a fun indie flick that I can see gathering a small little cult following. Dis-engage that analytical brain of yours and let Cannibals and Carpet Fitters take you away to 80 mins of gory scenes, British humour and good fun.” Back to the Movies

“The real triumph here though is that despite a short running time (just over 80 minutes) the carpet fitters are given enough to flesh them out to make you care about them when they’re in peril. There’s some very entertaining, gory and action-packed set pieces…” Bloody Flicks

Cannibals and Carpet-Fitters is a great ensemble horror comedy with plenty of shocks, ample and deliciously gross-out gore effects and a good (not perfect) sense of comic timing. Regardless of a few minor reservations – it’s a very good time with no “pursed lips” to be found at the film’s conclusion.” Horrorfreak News

“there is little here that hasn’t been seen before in countless other horrors, but for me it was the quality which made this such a great movie. Out of the whole film the only real issue I had was the ending, while good it did feel a little bit rushed for my liking. This was a great horror though, a great script, great looking kills, a great cast and just a blast to watch.” The Rotting Zombie

Cannibals and Carpet Fitters is probably closer to Alex Chandon’s Inbred than, say, Matthias Hoene’s Cockneys vs. Zombies, but is certainly up there with those two titans of modern British horror. Mixing the laughs with scares and gore in equal measures, it’s a delight and a very pleasant surprise and doesn’t shy away from being downbeat.” Starburst

“It doesn’t follow the usual formula of who lives and who dies, something I wish more serious films would do. Those deaths are accompanied by some very messy practical effects. The script is full of wonderfully sarcastic dialogue that will have you chuckling constantly. Thankfully it also avoids the kind of slapstick too many films like this tend to overuse.” Voices from the Balcony

Main cast:

  • Darren Sean Enright – Cockneys vs. Zombies
  • Richard Lee O’Donnell – Zombie Hood
  • Zara Phythian – Knights of the Damned; The Hike
  • Christopher Whitlow
  • Dominic Holmes – Splintered
  • Jessica-Jane Stafford – Black Site; RedWoodDevil’s Tower; Doghouse
  • Alex Zane – Cain HillZombie Spring Breakers; Ibiza Undead
  • Phill Martin – The Village in the Woods
  • Mingus Johnston
  • Lee Charles
  • Tony Nyland
  • Laura Jean Marsh
  • Darren Maffucci
  • Grant Steven
  • Jenny Stokes

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