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This great world is full of mysteries One of the biggest of all, however, is why the hell some horror movie buffs myself included are still showing respect & admiration for Jess Franco, even though he brought us nearly nothing but boring crap and senseless exploitation. Take this rubbish for example! "White Cannibal Queen" is a hopelessly incompetent and agonizing excuse for a motion picture, and Franco clearly just made it to quickly cash in on the huge success his fellow Euro-cult directors were having with movies like "Cannibal Holocaust", "Mountain of the Cannibal God" and "Jungle Holocaust". But those were captivating and eventful films, whereas Franco's movie is extremely dull and stupid from start to finish. Dull because there's almost no storyline and not even a remotely interesting character drawing and stupid because the sequences involving cannibalism and/or savage tribes are hilarious instead of grueling! The supposedly relentless cannibals hop around with painted faces that make them look like clowns and most of them don't even look like South American natives. They're white! Franco's cannibals are the least menacing ones I've ever seen and the lack of budget & inspiration even prevents them from eating many people. Whenever the cannibals attack someone, the screen swifts into a slow-motion compilation of dark and blurry images and it's nearly impossible to make out what's happening. It looks as if the same pieces of flesh are repeatedly ripped from a female's stomach, and this goes on for entire minutes! The plot is a giant rip-off as well, as you've seen it all before and better. An adventurous young couple and their 8-year-old daughter travel down the Amazonian river when they get attacked by a tribe of funnily face-painted savages. The wife gets eaten and the young girl abducted, but the father (Fulci regular Al Cliver) manages to escape with only the loss of one arm. Years of intense psychiatric help later, he mobilizes an expedition team and re-enters the jungle to rescue his daughter. The girl turned into an incredible hot teenager and to get things even more complicated she's considered a sacred goddess by the cannibal tribe, so it won't be easy to get her out of the jungle. Does she even want to get out? "White Cannibal Queen" is slow-paced, dull and poorly made. The acting performances are lousy and the use of music is often completely inappropriate. There's too little gore and sleaze, so even the most tolerant Franco fans are likely to consider this as one of his lousiest accomplishments. Avoid "White Cannibal Queen" at all costs and re-watch "Cannibal Holocaust" for the umpteenth time.
Prof. Taylor (Al Cliver) and his family are attacked on their boat by a
group of cannibals. Taylor is taken back to the village and barely
survives, losing his young daughter and left arm (!) in the process. He
spends the next decade or so manic and recovering in New York City with
the help of his nurse Ana (Lina Romay). When he finally comes to his
senses, Taylor - with aid from his rich benefactors - mounts another
journey into the jungle to rescue his daughter. Problem is that she is
now married to the head of the tribe and, most likely, hates her one-
Always down for a little exploitation, director Jess Franco got his cannibal groove on in the late 70s/early 80s and shot this one in the south of Spain. The cannibals are laughable (one is spotted wearing a wedding band) and look like they were grabbed in a Lowes parking lot (not far off actually as Franco says they hired gypsies). Plus, they wear goofy make up that makes them look like they are members of the baseball gang in THE WARRIORS. Sabrina Siani, memorably nude in Fulci's CONQUEST, shows where she got her start as the grown up daughter-turned- cannibal-queen. Franco calls her the "most stupid" person he has ever worked with in the Blue Underground disc's documentary. He then stops himself short and says that he has worked with many dumb leading ladies and that she is up there in the top. He also has kind words for Cliver, saying he was professional and sober which "for a Latin person is a miracle." While the film isn't even close to the genre's best offerings, it moves along fast enough, features some skin and delivers some gory goods (yeah, I'm easy to please tonight). One thing is for sure though, you will be singing the "Oh, oh, oooooooh" cannibal theme over and over by the time the film is done.
Oh that Jess Franco is at it again! This time he's cashin' in on the success of the Italian cannibal craze of the late 70s/early 80s with "White Cannibal Queen". I'm really not sure what to think about this film. I mean there were parts that were downright SLOOOOW and then, straight outta left field the film jumped into high gear with a completely crazy, manic pace that I couldn't help but enjoy! Sure, the acting was atrocious but hey I watched the film TWICE in one weekend so that's gotta mean somethin'. And I loved the glow-in-the-dark facepaint the natives were sporting.
C-grade instalment in the ever popular cannibal catalogue, light years
behind "Cannibal Holocaust" and not much closer to "Mangiati Vivi" or
Cannibal Ferox". The indomitable Al Cliver takes centre stage, playing
an explorer whose pre-adolescent daughter is abducted by cannibals
while on a voyage down the Amazon river. Years later he returns with
photo journalists in toe in an attempt to locate and retrieve her, and
discovers she has ascended to local deity status.
At times incoherent, the rough editing, mediocre make-up and shoddy cinematography make a tough job even tougher, while trying to contend with the puerile dubbing and overly intense acting. There's the ubiquitous animal cruelty (a giant butterfly sandwich anyone?), severed limbs and other grotesque depictions that you'd expect, but it all seems more gratuitous than usual. Spanish horror maestro Jess Franco has apparently jumped on the cannibal franchise bandwagon, minus a cogent storyline, in pursuit of some quick pay dirt.
Lacking most of the fundamentals that make a professional film, it's barely credible as a movie a labour that may even bore the cannibal enthusiasts.
Being a great fan of the prolific Spanish Exploitation deity Jess
Franco, I always believe negative feedback to a Franco flick I haven't
seen to be exaggerated. It is undeniable that the man's impressive
repertoire of about 200 directed movies includes masterpieces as well
as big-time stinkers (and everything in-between). However, I do tend to
enjoy even those Franco films that most people find awful. This is not
the case with this film, however. "Mondo Cannibale" (aka. "Barbarian
Goddess"/"White Cannibal Queen"/"Cannibals"/"Mondo Cannibale 3") is
Franco's attempt at the Cannibal sub-genre which, with its gruesome and
uncompromising films, was very successful in Italy at the time. Right
after the abysmal French "Terreur Cannibale" (in which Franco was also
involved), "Mondo Cannibale" is the second-to-worst Cannibal film I
have ever seen and it has replaced "Sadomania" in its rank as the worst
Franco-flick I've seen. "Mondo Cannibale" is, by the way, not to be
confused with Umberto Lenzi's "Il Paese Del Sesso Selvaggio" (1972) and
Ruggero Deodato's "Ultimo Mondo Cannibale" (1979), two classic Italian
Cannibal films which are titled "Mondo Cannibale I&II" in many
countries. This abysmal Franco flick is therefore often referred to as
"Mondo Cannibale 3".
For whatever reason, a scientist (Al Cliver) brings his wife and young daughter with him on an expedition deep in a jungle filled with hungry cannibals. His wife gets eaten, and he escapes without his daughter (!), after his hand has been chopped off. Years later, the scientist comes back for his daughter, along with a couple of bored rich people who don't believe in his story and are just there to have fun. The cannibals are in the meanwhile, worshiping the daughter (who has blossomed into a beautiful bare-bosomed blonde)as a 'white goddess'...
There is so much wrong with this film that I hardly know where to begin: The jungle is not a jungle. It is a very neat assembly of palm-trees, probably somewhere in Spain or Southern France. It is so neat that the expedition is capable of going there in cars. Sometimes, one can even see Western buildings in the background. The 'savages'are entirely white guys. Some of them sport mustaches, sideburns and hip hair-cuts. Other wear watches or gold rings. Even though they clearly hate 'whites' (which is odd since they are white themselves), the cannibals declare the white girl their goddess on sight. The child, by the way, has brown hair, which magically becomes blond when she grows up. The main hero is apparently cowardly enough to leave his child daughter behind with a bunch of cannibals, but insanely brave enough to go back there after years, with two other men and three women to face the entire cannibal tribe... I could go on and on about the film's inconsistencies; however, the incredible logical errors are actually the most fun factor of the film. Sadly, all the rest is very boring. The seemingly never-ending monotonous drum banging is annoying as hell.
The Cannibal genre has many great Italian films to offer for anyone interested. The genre's only true masterpiece is Ruggero Deodato's "Cannibal Holocaust" (1980), but there are many other gruesome and disturbing ones to watch, most notably Deodato's "Ultimo Mondo Cannibale" and all of Umberto Lenzi's Cannibal films. Jess Frano's take on the genre is a disaster. The budget was obviously tiny, but that's hardly an excuse, as Franco has proved on many occasions that he is perfectly capable of making great films on a tiny budget. The man has to be saluted for dabbling in about any Exploitation/Horror sub-genre imaginable. This film is still awful and hard to sit through. Not even Franco's muse and real-life wife Lina Romay can save this. One to be avoided, unless you are writing a book on Jess Franco.
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This typically crappy Franco film was filmed back-to-back with CANNIBAL
TERROR, utilising some of the same locations, cast members, stock
footage and that plastic skull on a stick. Al Cliver travels to
dangerous jungle territory, his wife is eaten by cannibals, his little
girl is kidnapped (and his arm is chopped off). Years later Cliver
hides his arm in his shirt and goes back to retrieve his daughter
(who's become Sabrina Siani, the tribe's white goddess). Lina Romay (as
"Candy Coaster") is part of his expedition (and is eaten). For gore,
TERROR was better, and there's no other reason to watch. With director
Jerome Foulon, Olivier Mathot, Antonio Mayans and Franco.
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I found the film Cannibals directed by Jess Franco to not be as good as any of the other films he has made. The film is about a Doctor, his wife Elizabeth and their teenage daughter Lana. they go to an isolated hospital in the Brazilean jungle, which is close to the Amazon river. whilst they are there they are attacked by savage cannibals they kill and eat his wife, and they abduct the girl. Dr Taylor manages to get back out of the jungle but he needs psychiatric help no one will believe him about his story of seeing cannibals he manages to find a doctor called Doctor Ana she is the only on who believes his story about the cannibals, so takes the risk of going with him into the jungle. also a few others come along as well The cannibals start to kill a few of the members in attacks. this was quite a poor film to watch .
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this is one of those films that you force yourself to watch until the very end because you love the topic of film. one of those films that's cover and blurb promise a story and you get a gore fest of unbearably disappointing levels. if you value your sanity though, i seriously recommend not wasting your time on this, although considering that you have taken an interest in it already makes your state of sanity questionable! the unrepentantly repetitive scenes in this film give way to a genuinely weakly carried-out plot and generally ruin what could have been a good film. please, oh good please do not waste your time on this film when there are movies such as wrong turn, the hills have eyes and evil breed out there. the three worst things about this movie? the awful dubbing (id' rather listen to nails on a chalkboard). the boring cannibalism scenes, all shot in slow-mo and the same as the last. the rubber crocodile. don't even bother with this movie unless your set on viewing the entire cannibal-horror sub-genre. as hinted in the title of this review, this is better than watching paint dry, but only just. though, if it's textured paint...
This film contains scenes which are very likely to disappear from modern cinema. Imagine a today's star (I would reckon Al Cliver as one of the genre)pretending to fight his way through the jungle by walking through an Italian hotel park. The ultimate scene is clearly the fight in the water in a wet white T-shirt where you can see his arm which was meant to be chopped off. So bad that it slowly becomes funny. I am sure that Franco himself had the most of fun. To call this oeuvre Mondo cannibale 3 only harmed the genre and its fans. If you think you have seen it all - watch this. The Franco-cannibals are not very frightening, they wear Shorts and a kind of Halloween face painting, but some moments of the film show them an an LSD light and sound mixture, which obviously is too long but it reminds me of the art experiments of some 70 movies. I am not sure how many films Jess Franco shot, but I know there were many of them. All of them which I saw contain the same cheap and lousy handling of everything which keeps a film together: story, actors, dialogs, camera. I think the time is over where you can shoot a picture like that within ten days and get it into cinemas throughout Europe.
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Jess Franco had to jump on the cannibal movie bandwagon sooner or
later, and finally did it with this 1980 gut-muncher. It's terrible in
pretty much every way, but for some reason it manages to hold your
attention. I cannot quite put my finger on why.
A doctor (the gargantuanly awful Al Cliver, from Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE), his wife and daughter are aboard a boat in the Amazon doing some sort of medical research. The boat is attacked by cannibals who eat the wife right there on the deck. They kidnap the doctor and chop off his arm. Meanwhile, the daughter jumps off the boat and washes up down river. Some passing cannibals believe she is the "white goddess." They take her back to the village where she becomes part of the tribe.
Ten or so years later, the doctor returns to the area to find her. She has turned into a vacant-eyed hottie with perfect blonde hair and a cute butt. Slowly she remembers who he is and they head back to civilization together, after the doctor has won a one-armed fight with the daughter's cannibal husband.
MONDO CANNIBALE (aka "CANNIBALS") looks like it was shot in someone's backyard, has some of the worst English dubbing I've ever heard and gore effects that consist of little more than hunks of meat soaked in fake blood being gnawed on by extras. The cannibals themselves look ridiculous in their loincloths and greasepaint and the score can best be described as "disco tribal" music.
Despite all this, however, the movie did hold my attention, if only to see just how awful it could get. Being directed by Jess Franco, there's an atmosphere of seediness to temper the technical ineptitude. I certainly didn't get tired of seeing the daughter cavorting around in nothing but a leather g-string and there are plenty of unintentional laughs along the way as well.
Blue Underground's DVD presents the movie remastered and looking far better than it has any right to. There's also a funny, charming interview with Franco in which he reveals he's well aware of how terrible the movie is and his distaste for the cannibal subgenre in general.
Recommended for cannibal movie completists only.
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