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Eaten Alive! (1980)

Mangiati vivi! (original title)
Unrated | | Adventure, Horror | 20 March 1980 (Italy)
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.

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Sheila Morris
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Jonas Melvin
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Diana Morris
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Mowara
Fiamma Maglione ...
Alma (as Mag Fleming)
Franco Fantasia ...
Reeves
Franco Coduti ...
Karan (as Gianfranco Coduti)
Alfred Joseph Berry
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One of the less gruesome cannibal tales. A woman is searching for her missing sister and she finds hope in the folly of a dead hit-man who has a film on him. The film shows some sadistic torture and a brief cameo by her sister taken by a documentary film crew who obviously didn't make it out. She then leaves for the jungle joined by cannibal film regular Robert Kerman (playing Mark Butler), where they meet up with the standard Cannibal tribe and a Jim Jones like cult leader. Of course escape is next to impossible with the always-hungry cannibals waiting them out and the crazy followers of the suicide cult leader ready to eat them on command. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The antagonist character of Jonas, and his commune and of the climatic mass suicide, was inspired by the Jim Jones People's Temple cult in Guyana who committed mass suicide in November 1978 resulting in the deaths of over 900 people. See more »

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(at around 12 mins) Sheila arrives at New Guinea in a Pakistan International Airlines flight. Pakistan is thousands of miles away from New Guinea and has never had flights there. The ground crew and pilot who helps her meet Mark are also Pakistani. See more »

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Jonas Melvyn: Their idea of lunch is fresh, hot entrails soaked in blood.
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Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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A passable film for the cannibal connoisseur
8 July 2000 | by (England) – See all my reviews

The film begins in Canada and New York, with an Asian hitman killing his victims by blowing poisoned darts at them. He is then run over by a truck and killed. The police find some film on him, and wouldn't you know, the film contains scenes of a cannibal ritual, which includes a woman named Sheila's(Janet Agren) missing sister. A professor tells Sheila that the ritual is from a tribe in New Guinea, so she travels there and finds Vietnam war veteran Mark Butler (cannibal film regular Robert Kerman) and pays him to find her sister.

The film then goes off into the usual cannibal film thing. The odd animal is killed, they find parts of bodies etc. It turns out that her missing sister is part of a religious community in the jungle lead by a character named Jonas. He brainwashes all his followers, and has strict rules, like no drinking of alcohol. The version I watched was sadly cut, and some gory scenes that were about to be shown then quickly jumped to another scene. The music deserves mention too, a catchy tune plays during the opening credits. The other music during the film is ok. It's not nearly as good as Cannibal Holocaust, or even Lenzi's other cannibal flick Ferox, but if you like cannibal films it's worth checking out.


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