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22 October 1980 (France) See more »
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After botching a kidnapping, two criminals hide with their victim in a friends house in the jungle. After one of them rapes the friend's wife, they're left to be eaten by a nearby cannibal tribe. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Silvia Solar ... Madame Danville (as Sylvia Solar)
Gérard Lemaire
Pamela Stanford ... Manuela
Olivier Mathot ... Monsieur Danville
Bertrand Altmann (as Burt Altman)
Stan Hamilton
Antoine Fontaine ... Roberto (as Tony Fontaine)

Antonio Mayans ... Mario (as Antony Mayans)
Michel Laury
Annabelle ... Flaurence Danville
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mariam Camacho ... Lina
Antonio Jover
Amparo Marsilla
Montserrat Salvador
Sabrina Siani
Bernard Thébault
Chris Yebenes
Alain Deruelle ... Pietro (uncredited)

Directed by
Alain Deruelle  (as A.W. Steeve)
Olivier Mathot (uncredited)
Julio Pérez Tabernero (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jesús Franco  uncredited
Julio Pérez Tabernero 
H.L. Rostaine 

Produced by
Daniel Lesoeur .... producer
Original Music by
Jean-Jacques Lemêtre 
Cinematography by
Emilio Foriscot 
Film Editing by
Roland Grillon 
Production Management
Marius Lesoeur .... production manager
Other crew
Bernard Marzolf .... general manager

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Also Known As:
"Terreur cannibale" - Spain (original title)
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93 min
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Iceland:(Banned) | Norway:18 (re-rating) (2005) (uncut) | Norway:(Banned) (1984-2005) | UK:18 (re-rating) (2003) (uncut) | UK:(Banned) (1984-2001) | USA:Not Rated

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Was at one point on the UK Government's 'video nasty' list, purely as it features the word 'cannibal' in its title, which led to it being seen as on the same levels of violence as Cannibal Holocaust (1980), Cannibal Apocalypse (1980), and Cannibal Ferox (1981), but it is nowhere near as graphically violent.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Near the end of the film cars can be seen driving past on a road less than 50 meters from the cannibals' supposedly remote village.See more »
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Dreadful., 4 April 2009
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

For years, Cannibal Terror was believed by many to be the work of horror/sleaze director Jess Franco, a reasonable assumption since the film bears what seem to be most of the prolific Spaniard's hallmarks, most notably a dreadful script, unconvincing locales, inept direction, terrible acting, and endless meandering shots of nothing much in particular (and I guess, for some, it was also hard to believe that there might be another person out there who could make films quite as bad as Franco).

The real culprit, however, was French director Alain Deruelle, who proves that he can be just as inept as Jess when it comes to delivering jungle horror.

Deruelle's dreadful film follows a trio bumbling kidnappers-two men and one woman-who escape across the border (to where, I have no idea!) with their hostage, the young daughter of a rich businessman. Arriving at a safe house that borders 'cannibal country', the threesome are able to relax for a while, until one of the gang, Mario, decides to rape the wife of their host (after spying on her having a wash in a giant wooden bucket). This kick starts a chain of events that results in the criminals and their hostage being pursued by bloodthirsty natives, with the father of the little girl in hot pursuit.

Taking a leaf out of Franco's Big Book of Cannibal Movie-Making, Deruelle opts to set his adventure in what appears to be a large botanical garden, hires himself some of the least convincing cannibals ever to grace an exploitation film (some have sideburns, many have coiffured hair, a few have beer-bellies, nearly all of them are Caucasion, but none of them look like savages), and throws in some cheapo blood and guts (using what looks like pig carcasses to stand in for human remains) in order to satisfy the gore-hounds.

The result is a mind-numbingly dull piece of Euro-sleaze that now shares top spot with Mondo Cannibale on my Crap Cannibal Movie list.

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