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Zumbalah (1975)
"Ultime grida dalla savana" (original title)

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A notorious mondo film depicting unbelievable and bizarre rituals, animal killing and cruelty, and people being killed and eaten, all by either animals or humans against each other or themselves.


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Cast overview:
Alberto Moravia ...
Narrator (voice)


Here's a National Geographic style documentary that's alternately exploitive and informative. The film presents a wide variety of ways that humans interact with nature. It depicts the actual footage of a careless man (Pit Dernitz) leaving the safety of his car to film lions close up and ends up being their dinner. Other highlights include natives humping the ground in hopes of bringing life to the land, various big game hunting and last but not least naked hippies. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Plot Keywords:

animal | hunting | lion | mondo film | ritual | See more »


See bounty hunters castrate, mutilate and rape their prisoners See more »


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Release Date:

September 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Savage Temptation  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene involving the hired guns torturing and killing indigenous South American tribes is staged. The lion attack sequence is also under suspicion as to being staged, but it has not been proven. See more »


The closing credits say "The producers are grateful to: Alitalia, for the generous collaboration in trasporting our crews and their equipment". (The word "transporting" is spelled incorrectly) See more »


Narrator: [directly before lions attack a tourist] This sequence is part of the evidence examined by the court in a lawsuit brought by the heirs of the victim against an insurance company.
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Referenced in Cannabis Holocaust: Mutant Hell (2001) See more »


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Music by Carlo Savina
Lyrics by Gilbert Kaplan
Sung by Ann Collin
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Hunting... Not Overly Interesting
2 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mateo is a hunter in Patagonia. He does not want to destroy the balance of nature, he just wants to hunt a stag so he can survive. This film, almost like a documentary, is a story of hunting: some oppose violence to animals, others say it is a part of nature to kill.

Directed and written by Antonio Climati and Mario Morra, who would go on to make more documentaries -- "This Violent World" and "Sweet and Savage", as well as having independent careers as a cinematographer and editor, respectively.

Scenes show hippies in Cape Cod, rallying for animal rights... including a woman who breast-feeds a goat. Plenty of nudity, both male and female. Also, aborigines spearing kangaroos and using boomerangs on bats.

There is also plenty of footage of animals hunting other animals: anaconda, monkeys, jaguar. But the main point seems to be the variety of ways that man hunts animals for food, sport or otherwise.

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