|release date||April 24 1981|
|starring||Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Lorraine De Selle, Danilo Mattei|
|tagline||Make Them Die Slowly|
Sazuma special edition tin DVD:
The 1981 film ‘Cannibal Ferox’ spun a lot of heads around the world as it was banned from over 30 countries- like other films around that time like ‘Cannibal Holocaust.’ Although this film is almost a blatant rip-off of ‘Cannibal’ and not AS gruesome, its redeeming factor was the actual story arc.
The film follows a student who travels to Africa in search of the truth behind “cannibals.” She has been taught they don’t exist, period. When she gets there with her brother and friend they run into two strangers who claim they were attacked by cannibals. He describes this horrific story about what happened to his troops. We keep seeing this little tribe and wonder “how could they be cannibals”? We discover this gangster from New York is out there for drugs and is hooked on cocaine and lied about what happened, they were the ones who tortured the villagers! So no cannibals… or are there? You’ll have to watch and see for yourself.
Like ‘Cannibal Holocaust,’ ‘Ferox’ is a graphic film, which is what earns it such popularity. We get the classic “Bobbit” scene- only to be followed with a late afternoon snack- eating before bed is bad for you. There’s also an amazing scalping scene and a woman hung by her breasts until she bleeds to death. The villagers kill live animals, tear them apart and eat them and pretty much everything looks disgustingly real (except for a few human kill scenes).
Even though the plot is really well thought out, it’s strung together terribly and the acting is horrendous. I was bored for chunks of the time and wanted to fast forward extremely bad. I actually did it once and had to rewind because things happen out of nowhere- so at least there are some surprises.
The score was hilarious, every time they cut to the city we would hear music blasting like something you’d hear playing the game ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ on Gameboy back in 1990. It was the same shot every time, with the same music; I had to laugh out loud.
‘Cannibal Ferox’ is not for your average horror fan, it’s more for the “I watched the decapitation video on CNN” type people. It is a brutal and honest looking film, without any fantasy elements to separate itself from the real world. But if you’re feeling adventurous, this could be a stepping stone for you- to go to hell (just kidding). Check out ‘Cannibal Ferox’ special edition, which is out now in the UK in a sweet DVD tin- otherwise scrape for a copy on VHS through Ebay.
aka Make Them Die Slowly (USA) / Woman From Deep River (Australia) / Die Rache der Kannibalen (Germany) / Tin Packaging, Individually Numbered Limited to 3.333 Edition, Completely Remastered and transfered in Ultrabit, Trailers for upcoming Sazuma Productions Releases, Cannibal Ferox Trailers, Filmography of Umberto Lenzi, 8 Postcards of the rare german Set Cards in High-Quality Printing