A young woman teams up with an adventurer to find her missing sister in the jungles of New Guinea and they stumble upon a religious cult led by a deranged preacher whom has located his commune in an area inhabited by cannibals.
A reporter and her cameraman connect a surviving Jonestown leader and a TV exec's missing son to a drug war where jungle installations are being massacred by an army of natives and a skilled white assassin.
A priest comes to a small town to help get rid of a monster whose blood coagulates very fast. This creates problems as the monster is very hard to kill and then decides to go on a killing spree of its own.
A plane crashes in the jungle. One of the survivors gets lost and while trying to find a way out of the jungle he gets captured by cannibals. He is humiliated, stripped naked, and thrown in a hole with a bird for a while. Eventually, he escapes with the help of a cannibal girl and tries to find his plane so he can go home. Written by
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Congratulations, Mr. Deodato, you've done it again for the first time.
As weird as that sounds, it's true. Though Umberto Lenzi technically
started the cannibal genre with the classic The Man from the Deep
River, it was Deodato with Last Cannibal World that kicked the genre in
the ass and really got it going, and unlike most films that share this
genre, this is actually a good, legitimate movie. The influence this
movie had on the genre is easy to see in subsequent films, which borrow
heavily from events in the movie (most notably Lenzi's Eaten Alive and
the awful Primitif). Too often are very heavy movies considered
horrible and a waste of time simply because of the content. People
ignore what factors go into a good movie. Good acting, good plot, good
dialog, all are present in Last Cannibal World. It's great capture and
escape adventure movie, not just obscure and violent trash. Deodato
made a select few films that are his masterpieces, and however
exploitative and violent they may be, they come together as thrilling
and disturbing cinema hits. Last Cannibal World is one of them.
Mr. Rob Harper is in his group flying to Borneo (or somewhere in that
region) with his good friend, Rolf, and his pilot and girlfriend,
Charlie and Swan. The plane breaks down and they fix it, but have to
stay the night because it gets too dark. Well, Swan disappears in the
night, and Charlie gets a spike ball looking for her the next morning.
Rob and Rolf are lost, and they soon separate in a raft accident.
That's when Rob is captured by the cannibal tribe. De-clothing ensues,
and Rob is, lets say, "mistreated" over the next few days. It's the
beautiful cannibal Pulan, played by Me Me Lai (with implants and all)
that gives Rob the chance to escape, even though he treats her like a
low animal (except for when he decides she's worth have intercourse
with). Be warned, the mysogyny is high in this film, as many cannibal
movies are. If that upsets you, you'd better find a cut version.
Despite this rape, Me Me realizes Rob's in charge, and actually helps
and cares for Rob. Rob finds an old friend in the jungle, but the
cannibals are coming back for them. Pulan is killed and eaten as a
traitor in an incredibly well done montage going back and forth from
Rob to the cannibals. Will he make it back to his plane and escape on
This movie is far better than what one may expect because of the heavy
content. Yes, the violence and gore is extreme, but all elements
present make it a good adventure movie. The plot is superb, and the
dialog isn't bad at all, which is usually the problem with such films.
There are actually plot twists as well, which is rare for the cannibal
genre. Characters you forget about come back to support the film. Any
gore monger would be satisfied and then some with this movie. The blood
and guts are in enormous quantities, with organs and all intact and
close-up. However, there's some rather disturbing images, also, which
can make even the hardest gore lovers cringe, particularly the graphic
birthing scene. The way the natives kill and then eat people is
incredibly brutal, as they rip the rib cage in half and use it as the
cooking medium. Massimo Foschi does a great job of portraying the
character Robert. He shows sublimely that even though we're on his side
and think the natives are the savage bad guys, we ignore the fact that
eventually the hate and mal-treatment shown towards him shapes Rob into
a savage himself, showing no regard to morals or ethics. This is best
shown when Me Me Lai tries to escape, so Rob punishes her by raping
her. All of these morals are almost exactly mirrored in Cannibal
Holocaust, but in a far more brutal and disturbing way. Of course,
however, there are the issues with the animal killings, as six or so
are killed on stage, so an uncut version isn't for the animal activist
or weak constitutions. Most of these killings are not plot elements,
and are mostly unnecessary. The biggest problem I have with it is that
the alligator they kill stays alive for most of the time, making the
scene almost as disturbing as Cannibal Holocaust's "turtle scene."
A few qualms are present, however. The aforementioned animal killings
can seem out of line, though some help for the plot. One hilariously
unnecessary scene is Rob messing with the little cannibal kids, who
moments before were peeing on his head. I've never had use for such
scenes, which seems a lot like comic relief for a brutally intense
film. Overall, however, it's a better than average cannibal film, and
I'll even go to such lengths as saying it was outstanding. Last
Cannibal World isn't a cheesy laugh-fest like most other cannibal
movies are, and it's definitely for the better. This is one of
Deodato's best work, surpassed only by the incredible and incredibly
visceral Cannibal Holocaust. If you enjoyed any other cannibal films
even slightly, then this is the next movie for you to see. It is
outdone in Italian exploitation only by Cannibal Holocaust and Cannibal
Ferox, and was the first great hit for the cannibal genre.
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