Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Al Cliver, Ursula Fellner, Robert Foster, Burt Altman, Gisela Hahn
Director: Jesus Franco
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
King Of EuroSleaze Jess Franco (BLOODY MOON, MACUMBA SEXUAL) takes on the `80s Cannibal genre and delivers a jungle sickie like no other! When a safari of sexy babes and violent boneheads ventures into native-crazed wilder... more »
A. Griffiths | London | 03/02/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"How this film got to be a "video nasty" in the UK I will never know...it's one of the most dire and dreary excuses for "entertainment" I have ever seen. The plot centres around the kidnapping of a glamorous actress, who is hauled off to some remote island while her captors send off their ransom demands. The actress's father (or whoever) dispatches two mercenaries to collect the girl. Arriving on the island they try to outwit the kidnappers and save the girl. This is all very boring, so to liven things up, the film gives us a tribe of natives who are minding their own business and sacrificing young maidens regularly to a hideous mutant person who like to attack his victims and eat their skin off. I'm sure you can guess the rest.
Even if that was an interesting plot, the film manages to bungle absolutely everything. If you've ever seen any European cannibal shockers from the 1980's before, you might be hoping for some gory thrills, but there's nothing like that here. Because this is a Jess Franco film, all the nudity is upped, and everything else is botched. All we have are cheap shoddy effects, dreadful acting and terrible dubbing. Here's a quick checklist of the crud you're going to have to put up with if you choose to sit through this:
1. A tribe of natives who look like a rounded up bunch of staff from the local bars, kitted out with with loincloths and pointy sticks. There isn't even a token nod to trying to assemble people with a similar ethnic background to make up this so called "lost tribe".
2. A prowling monster who turns out to be a tall black guy with two crusty ping bong balls stuck over his eyes. He also "eats" skin in a way you would only do while being filmed in close-up for shock effect...i.e with his mouth wide open so that everything falls out of it all the time...can't be that hungry, then?
3. A lead villain with an atrocious plummy British accent and who also has no idea how to make an exchange of hostage for cash - he messes it up every time!
4. Fake blood that looks like glue - it actually hangs down in rubbery strings!
5. Typical cheap sensationalism by having the women naked or topless almost all the time (ok I know some people are not going to complain about that). But I'd like to know how men can rape through a skirt and with their trousers still on.
6. Editing so bad that you won't know what's going on most of the time - check out the climactic fight. I had to watch it twice to work out what happened (How did that stick get there? What's he standing on? How did he fall over that cliff?).
7. A "bail out" from a flying helicopter that clearly shows that the helicopter is actually on the ground.
8. Truly excruciating dialogue:
Reporter: "Could you give me an opinion of the men in our country?"
Actress (while pulling ridiculous Jan Brady-esque modelling poses): "I have no opinion of men - I just love them!"
Mercenary (after being asked to hand over the cash): "There's no deal unless you bring the girl with you and come un-armed".
Kidnapper: "Ok, as you wish!" (Erm, never done this before, pal?)
Naked girl at the mercy of two mercenaries with guns: "When the tribe catches a young girl, they sacrifice her to their god, who eats her heart!"
Mercenary: "Rest now and don't worry about it".
Naked girl: "Thank you!" (she then immediately falls asleep).
7. Plus a hundred other things.
It's all absolute trash. Be glad someone else has sat through this so you don't have to."
Annoying cannibal sounds
Jeffrey M. Meyer | Syracuse NY | 11/23/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"What can I say about this Franco movie. It's a Franco movie. Don't expect much out of it except close up shots of pubic hair, not much, but enough. A very hot blond girl who is pretty much naked throughout the whole movie (only thing I realy liked about it) other than the final battle with bugged eyed cannibal man. That was fun. I realy hated and was annoyed with the sounds that came out of the cannibal. It was so bad everytime, very frequent, it happened I had to turn down the volume. Very bad use of fake blood. Looked like paint. Did I say the only thing good about this is the hot blond, there is another naked girl who you are introduced to later on in the movie that is very cute as well and looks great naked, and the final battle is entertaining. The bugged eyed cannibal sucks. Don't these people realize that if you want to fight off this cannibal dude, poke him in the eye. It's not like his bug eyes are small, they are big targets. Stupid acting, stupid gore, stupid use of sound effects. Stupid movie, but the girls are hot and naked alot."
Bartok Kinski | Prague | 07/20/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The film is worth seeing for the laughable and naked native zombie with big bulging, bloody eyes which is always accompanied on the soundtrack with heavy breathing and lots of reverb. The problem with jungle horror films is that there is always way too much footage of people walking (through the jungle, up a rocky cliff, near a river or lake) to pad out the running time. Eurotrash fans will be plenty entertained by the bad English dubbing, gratuitous female flesh and very silly makeup jobs on the monster and native extras.
I thought this would be a jungle cannibal flick, but it turned out to be something else altogether. It takes about a half hour of boredom to really get going, but once it does it's okay. It's certainly plenty gross in parts, especially the close-ups of the creature's blood-smeared mouth.
The helicopter crashing scene and the scene where the hero is "climbing up a cliff" are particularly hilarious. For a zombie/cannibal flick this was pretty light on the gore but then I probably didn't see an uncut version.
This film seemed way too long even at only 78 minutes."