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  • Italian Cannibal Film Appreciation Thread

    A thread for discussing all things related to this controversial horror subgenre of the early 70's to mid 80's Italian film industry.

    What follows is basically my fairly "complete" list of all authentic Italian Cannibal genre titles and their availability (excluding such films as Jess Franco's "Terror Cannibals" because it's a pointless uninteresting cheap rip-off and not Italian, "Anthropophagus" becuase it does not deal with Native cannibals at all but instead a man going insane and eating his family on an island, "Zombie Holocaust" because it fits into the Zombie sub-genre more than anything, and "Porno Holocaust" is only interesting for it's title-nothing else, but I did include "Cannibal Apocalypse" even though it does not take place in the jungle or feature authentic native cannibals, but it is notoriously associated with this particular cycle of European cinema and so shouldn't be left off the list ):

    The Ultimate Italian Cannibal Film DVD Collection
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    "The Man From Deep River"
    (1972, director: Umberto Lenzi, label: Shriek Show/Media Blasters)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ode=imdb-adbox
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069956/




    "Trap Them and Kill Them" aka "Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals"
    (1977, director: Joe D'Amato, label: Shriek Show/Media Blasters)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ode=imdb-adbox
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075984/




    "The Last Cannibal World" aka "Jungle Holocaust"
    (1977, director: Ruggero Deodato, label: Shriek Show/Media Blasters)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ode=imdb-adbox
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078437/




    "Mountain of the Cannibal God" (1979, director: Sergio Martino, label: Anchor Bay)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...v=glance&n=130
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077945/




    "The Emerald Jungle" aka "Eaten Alive"
    (1980, director: Umberto Lenzi, label: Shriek Show/Media Blasters)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...v=glance&n=130
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081112/




    "Cannibal Holocaust" (1980, director: Ruggero Deodato, label: Grindhouse Releasing)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...v=glance&n=130
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078935/




    "Cannibal Apocalypse" (1982, director: Antonio Margheriti, label: Image Entertainment)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...v=glance&n=130
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080379/




    "Cannibal Ferox" aka "Make Them Die Slowly"
    (1983, director: Umberto Lenzi, label: Image Entertainment)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/630...v=glance&n=130
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082700/




    "Diamonds of Kilimandjaro"
    (1983, director: Jess Franco, label: Shriek Show/Media Blasters)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...v=glance&n=130
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086428/




    "Amazonia: The Catherine Miles Story" aka "Cannibal Holocaust 2"
    (1985, director: Mario Gariazzo, label: Shriek Show/Media Blasters)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...v=glance&n=130
    http://www.revok.com/search.php?sear...&type=category
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091902/




    "Massacre In Dinosaur Valley" aka "Cannibal Ferox II"
    (1985, Michele M. Tarantini, label: Shriek Show/Media Blasters)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...-8055356?n=130
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...856266-6447926
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089562/




    "Cut and Run" (1986, director: Ruggero Deodato, label: Anchor Bay)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...v=glance&n=130
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089338/




    "The Green Inferno" aka "Cannibal Holocaust II" (1988, director: Antonio Climati)
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...856266-6447926
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0161849/

    Last edited by thomasjarvis; 02-24-2008, 04:06 AM.
    "A truly successful cinematic accomplishment inevitably results in the absolute compulsion of the viewer to discuss the film in question with one or more others for the duration of at least a good fifteen minutes, subsequent to initial screening."

  • #2
    out of all the cannibal films i enjoyed Cannibal Holocaust the most. Mountian of the Cannibal God comes in second, great plot twists, Ursala Andrews naked, and a midget cannibal. the rest are average at best.

    although i havent seen a few of these titles, massacre, diamonds, man of the deep, and emanuelle.
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    • #3
      I think this thread really begins and ends with Cannibal Holocaust, the rest are just window dressing.
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      • #4
        nice thread (with pretty pictures and links for ordering).

        i've been in the mood recently to watch some of these.

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        • #5
          nice list, i also am a fan of these movies, i especially love showing them to my friends who aren't horror fans and watching them squirm(and puke on one occasion).

          Yep....that's in chapter 9, verse 10. "Thall shalt not fuck with Raptor Jesus"


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          • #6
            Excellent thread Jarvis, bravo. I need to see more of these, I'm sure Holocaust will always remain at, or near, the top as it should it's impressive, but even so I really like the whole "atmosphere" to these films and the jungle setting. I love jungle settings, especially authentic looking ones. Even with the trashy ones there's something there to take away. Somebody should make a new "authentic" Italian cannibal film. Thanks for writing up the thread Jarvis, I'll keep an eye out for some of these.
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            • #7
              Say what you will but I loved Cannibal Ferox...I liked John Morgan's (aka Giovonni Lambardo radice) character...Epecially later on when well...You know what I mean without spoiling anything!

              I'm very curious about Cut and Run and Amazonia as well...I'll have to keep an eye out.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by alt0077
                out of all the cannibal films i enjoyed Cannibal Holocaust the most.
                From what I've seen thusfar, Deodato's 'Cannibal Holocaust' would be my personal favortie as well. It's very effective at getting under the average viewer's skin and making them uncomfortable, challenging their perceptions, etc.

                Originally posted by alt0077
                Mountian of the Cannibal God comes in second, great plot twists, Ursala Andrews naked, and a midget cannibal. the rest are average at best..
                I've heard good things about this one. I look forward to cheking it out.

                Originally posted by alt0077
                although i havent seen a few of these titles, massacre, diamonds, man of the deep, and emanuelle.
                Umberto Lenzi's 'Man From Deep River' basically kickstarted the entire subgenre, so that one's virtually a must-see upon that basis alone. From what I understand, 'Massacre in Dinosuar Valley' is supposed to be a rather fun exploitation/adventure flick. Supposedly quite enjoyable, as long as you don't go in expecting anything like Deodato's masterpiece. More like a jungle film if helmed by Lucio Fulci during his 'Conquest' and 'New Galdiators' era, I were to venture an educated guess.

                Originally posted by Hookman
                I think this thread really begins and ends with Cannibal Holocaust, the rest are just window dressing.
                Fair enough. Sometimes, however, I do enjoy some decent appetizers to go alongside the main course...

                Originally posted by relsh
                nice thread (with pretty pictures and links for ordering).
                Thanks!

                Originally posted by relsh
                i've been in the mood recently to watch some of these.
                Yea...oddly enough, so have I, for some reason. Must be sometihing in the air (or era)...

                Originally posted by zombie_freak13
                nice list, i also am a fan of these movies, i especially love showing them to my friends who aren't horror fans and watching them squirm(and puke on one occasion).
                I enjoy doing that as well, from time to time...
                Last edited by thomasjarvis; 04-04-2006, 03:55 AM.
                "A truly successful cinematic accomplishment inevitably results in the absolute compulsion of the viewer to discuss the film in question with one or more others for the duration of at least a good fifteen minutes, subsequent to initial screening."

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Nosferatuscreams
                  Excellent thread Jarvis, bravo.
                  Originally posted by Nosferatuscreams
                  Thanks for writing up the thread Jarvis.
                  Thanks, Nos.

                  Originally posted by Nosferatuscreams
                  I need to see more of these, I'm sure [i]
                  Same here.

                  Originally posted by Nosferatuscreams
                  Holocaust will always remain at, or near, the top as it should it's impressive, but even so I really like the whole "atmosphere" to these films and the jungle setting. I love jungle settings, especially authentic looking ones. Even with the trashy ones there's something there to take away.
                  Agreed.
                  Last edited by thomasjarvis; 04-03-2006, 06:52 PM.
                  "A truly successful cinematic accomplishment inevitably results in the absolute compulsion of the viewer to discuss the film in question with one or more others for the duration of at least a good fifteen minutes, subsequent to initial screening."

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Nosferatuscreams
                    Somebody should make a new "authentic" Italian cannibal film.
                    I'll probably take some heat for this unorthodox idea, but I'd like to see Peter Jackson take a stab at it. When I was watching 'King Kong' in the theator, I noticed some obvious nods to this subgenre within the "jungle natives attack" sequences. These seemed rather misplaced within the context of the rest of the film. For just a few brief moments there, the movie almost seemed to veer off from the typical PG-13 action/adventure family fare to some bizaar nod to Italian cannibal exploitation cinema!

                    Even though you knew as a viewer that nothing truly brutal or disturbing could possibly happen between the natives and the main charactors, for a few all too brief moments I felt myself transported back to the jungles of 'Holocaust' and 'Ferox'. In my mind's eye, I was witnessing Jack Black, Adrian Brody and Naomi Watts getting torn limb from limb and strung up for supper! There really is a dark and brutal tone to those sequences that seem to hearken back to these movies. Too bad Jackson had to virtually ruin a potentially disturbing and effective moment with all those MTV style flash photagraphy edits.

                    Of course, Jackson would never, ever attempt such a feat for the theme of a full length feature. He's been absorbed and assimilated into the corperate Hollywood Borg Collective. In PJ's heart of hearts, I honestly think he would revel in the opportunity to shock and horrify us all with a back-to-basics style jungle/cannibal exploitation film, but he knows it would be virtual career suicide at this point, so it would never happen.

                    Maybe Deodato will make a comeback...I doubt it, but it could be interesting if he ever did...
                    "A truly successful cinematic accomplishment inevitably results in the absolute compulsion of the viewer to discuss the film in question with one or more others for the duration of at least a good fifteen minutes, subsequent to initial screening."

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                    • #11
                      The only one that I own is Jungle Holocaust; it was a gift from my brother. I enjoy them to a point but the animal torture stuff bugs the hell outta me. I have actually seen - in person - the Huaorani of Ecuador roast a live pig. It was quite tough to witness but to them it is part of life, pig probably thinks otherwise. Strangely that image is more disturbing to me than any I ever saw in combat (maybe I just have a social disorder and hate people). I like the films but I bypass the animal scenes normally unless some "virgin" is watchin w/ me. Oddly the Huaorani migrated to their present home because they were fleeing the cannibals upriver. Anyway, nice thread. There are two that I have not seen but will search them out now.
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                      • #12
                        So how good or bad is Cannibal Holocaust II? Is it worth checking out or should I just stick with the first one and forget the second even exists?

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                        • #13
                          I've only seen Cannibal Ferox and The Emerald Jungle so this list helps me out a lot. I enjoyed both of those films.
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                          • #14
                            Jungle Holocaust and Cannibal Ferox are definately my favorites out of the bunch. They were the only ones that felt like real films to me. Cannibal Holocaust is a bit over-hyped these days, but is still an OK flick. Mountain of the Cannibal God was stupid as hell, but I had the hots for Ursula Andress ... so I picked it up. Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals was hilarious. With lines like "Watch out, she has just bitten a chunk out of the nurses breast" you can't help but shake your head. Massacre in Dinosaur Valley felt like Romancing the Stone with cannibals for some reason (don't ask).

                            Out of the films listed, the only one I don't have is Amazonia. I have yet to see Eaten Alive, Man From Deep River, or Diamonds of Kilimandjaro ... though they are in my collection.

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                            • #15
                              I love them all. They make me want to start my own flesh eating tribe. Nice work Jarvis....per usual!

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