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Director:
Writers:
Umberto Lenzi (story)
Umberto Lenzi (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 November 1983 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The most violent film ever made! See more »
Plot:
Three friends out to disprove cannibalism meet two men on the run who tortured and enslaved a cannibal tribe to find emeralds, and now the tribe is out for revenge. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Ugly and terrible entry into the cannibal sub-genre See more (136 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ... Mike Logan (as John Morghen)
Lorraine De Selle ... Gloria Davis
Danilo Mattei ... Rudy Davis (as Bryan Redford)
Zora Kerova ... Pat Johnson (as Zora Kerowa)
Walter Lucchini ... Joe Costolani (as Walter Lloyd)
Fiamma Maglione ... Myrna Stenn (as Meg Fleming)

Robert Kerman ... Lt. Rizzo
John Bartha ... Mafioso
Venantino Venantini ... Sgt. Ross
'El Indio' Rincon ... Juanito
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giovanni Bergamini ... Clerk (uncredited)
Lewis E. Ciannelli ... Ross (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Larry Dolgin ... Paul (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Anthony La Penna ... Wilson (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Andy Luotto ... Joe (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Steven Luotto ... Tim (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Richard McNamara ... Hood (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Riccardo Petrazzi ... Hunter (uncredited)
Perry Pirkanen ... Paul (uncredited)

Dominic Raacke ... Tim (uncredited)

Ted Rusoff ... Sancho (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Gregory Snegoff ... Rudy (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Susan Spafford ... Myrna (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Pat Starke ... Gloria (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Jake Teague ... Professor (uncredited)
Frank von Kuegelgen ... Mike (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Umberto Lenzi 
 
Writing credits
Umberto Lenzi (story)

Umberto Lenzi (screenplay)

Produced by
Antonio Crescenzi .... executive producer
Mino Loy .... producer (uncredited)
Luciano Martino .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Roberto Donati  (as Budy)
Fiamma Maglione  (as Maglione)
 
Cinematography by
Giovanni Bergamini 
 
Film Editing by
Enzo Meniconi 
 
Production Design by
Giuseppe Bassan 
 
Costume Design by
Giuseppe Bassan 
 
Makeup Department
Giuseppe Ferranti .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Vito Di Bari .... unit manager
Evi Farinelli .... unit manager
Giovanni Masini .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Riccardo Petrazzi .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Sergio Basili .... special sound effects
Aldo Ciorba .... special sound effects
Ezio Marcorin .... special sound effects
Raul Montesanti .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Gino De Rossi .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roberto Belli .... chief electrician
Renato Doria .... camera operator
Giorgio Garibaldi Schwarze .... still photographer
Mario Pizzi .... key grip
Maurizio Zampagni .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Alessandro Gabriele .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Carlo Maria Cordio .... music arranger
Carlo Maria Cordio .... musical director
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cannibal ferox" - Italy (original title)
"Make Them Die Slowly" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
93 min | South Korea:85 min (heavily cut) | UK:86 min (heavily cut)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:R (Alberta) | Canada:(Banned) (Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | France:-16 (with warning) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 (cut) | Norway:18 (re-rating) (2005) (uncut) | Norway:(Banned) (1984-2005) | Portugal:M/18 | South Korea:18 (heavily cut) | Sweden:15 (uncut) | UK:18 (re-rating) (2000) (heavily cut) | UK:(Banned) (1984-2000) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (cut)
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Trivia:
Although the tag line for the initial USA release was "They raped and killed his sister while he watched helplessly. Now it's his turn to Make Them Die Slowly," nothing like this happens in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Mike and Rudy get into a fistfight, twice Mike pulls his gun and you can hear the sound of the hammer being cocked. Both times, you can see the gun and the hammer is clearly down.See more »
Quotes:
Pre-credits disclaimer:The following feature is one of the most violent films ever made. There are at least two dozen scenes of barbaric torture and sadistic cruelty graphically shown. If the presentation of disgusting and repulsive subject matter upsets you, please do not view this film.See more »
Soundtrack:
Red River ValleySee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the BBFC 18 Version and the Uncut Version?
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Ugly and terrible entry into the cannibal sub-genre, 9 October 2011
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

The film begins with the murder of a drug addict in an unknown apartment by some gangsters looking for a man named Mike Logan. As the police begin their investigation into the shooting, the action relocates to the Paraguayan jungle, where two students, Gloria (Lorraine De Selle) and Rudy (Danilo Mattei), and one tag-along Pat (Zora Kerova) are making their way into the heart of the jungle looking for native tribes who have been accused of cannibalism. Gloria is out to disprove the claims of cannibalism for her dissertation, and after they come across two mangled bodies of tribesmen, they also come across Mike Logan carrying his injured partner Joe (Walter Lucchini), who both claim to have been attacked by savage cannibals.

Between 1977 and 1981 there was a huge boom in cannibal films. They boasted exotic locations, horrific gore, real animal killings, and the threat of the unknown in the primitive tribes. It was Ferox's director Umberto Lenzi who kick-started the sub-genre with Deep River Savages in 1972, but they only really hit their stride in 1977, when the Grindhouse theatres were at their most popular. The cannibal genre died out pretty quickly, thankfully, as they represent everything that is ugly about the horror genre, and Cannibal Ferox, possibly the second most notorious after Cannibal Holocaust, is no exception.

The gore and violence is by no means convincing, or even disturbing, but it is clear from the off that the film's sole purpose is to be more repulsive than anything else before it. Multiple cocks are hacked off (and one is eaten - yummy), a woman is lifted into the air with fish- hooks through the breasts, there is an eye-gouging, and of course, no cannibal film would be complete without a bit of the ol' brain eating. This is all well and good and what can be expected from an Italian exploitation film at the height of the nasties era, but the animal killings are simply needless.

I always found myself defending Cannibal Holocaust for the animal cruelty, as that is a genuinely good film, and the horrific animal scenes really do add to the horrible and deeply unsettling atmosphere. But after seeing Ferox, I realised there is really no excuse for it. Regardless of the film's quality, there is no place for the pointless killing of animals. Radice refused to wield the knife during the pig- killing scene, and in the DVD commentary, director Lenzi said 'Robert De Niro would have done it!', to which Radice replied 'Robert De Niro would have told you to f**k off!'

Anyway, the film really is pretty damn awful. Why the action keeps shifting back to New York is anyone's guess. Mike is a wanted drug pusher that legged it off to Paraguay in search of cocaine and a fortune in gemstones, but surely knowing this is enough? There is a rescue attempt near the end that looks like joining the two stems together, but nothing comes of it. It seems to be there only to add a few more minutes onto the running time, allowing the film to render itself a feature. As you would expect, the acting/script/story is guff, but the strange thing is the moral message it seems to be putting out. When it revealed that Mike was lying and it was in fact him that attacked the tribe (shock horror), it seems to be a 'don't judge a book by it's cover' type message. But when the tribe acts out their revenge, they revel in the torturing.

Well anyway, the real torture victim was me, who had to sit through this. There's a few more cannibal films to get through for the nasties project (maybe I'll leave them to Marc), and although I'll welcome (if that's the right word) another viewing of Cannibal Holocaust, I have to say that I would be happy not to have to sit through another cannibal film. And there's always the Mondo sub-genre I suppose!

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