Cannibal Films

by AlexanderLeslie96 | created - 04 May 2018 | updated - 04 May 2018 | Public

I've recently been fascinated by the Italo-European obsession with "cannibal exploitation" in the 70's/80's. Sociocultural analysis aside, these films present us with absurd, racist depictions of the developing world—littered with animal abuse, pseudo-snuff, and misogyny. Albeit disgusting, these films are significant due to both their relationship with censorship/controversy, and their influence on the mondo/exploitation genre as a whole. This list will include my ratings/comments/analysis, for those of you who'd rather not watch any of these nasties.

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1. Sacrifice! (1972)

Not Rated | 93 min | Adventure, Horror

After a photographer is captured by a native tribe and put through several trials, he must fight to protect the village and his new love interest, the chief's daughter.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Ivan Rassimov, Me Me Lai, Prasitsak Singhara, Sulallewan Suxantat

Votes: 1,813

2. Jungle Holocaust (1977)

R | 88 min | Adventure, Horror

An oil prospector escapes from capture by a primitive cannibal tribe in the Philippine rain forest and heads out to locate his missing companion and their plane to return home.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: Massimo Foschi, Me Me Lai, Ivan Rassimov, Sheik Razak Shikur

Votes: 2,965

3. Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (1977)

85 min | Adventure, Horror

A hedonistic photojournalist and an anthropologist traverse the Amazon Jungle to unearth the origins behind a mysterious woman, reputed to have been raised by a cannibal tribe.

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, Nieves Navarro, Donald O'Brien

Votes: 2,330

4. Slave of the Cannibal God (1978)

99 min | Adventure, Horror

A girl and her brother fly to New Guinea to look for a lost expedition, led by her husband, which has vanished in the great jungle.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: Ursula Andress, Stacy Keach, Claudio Cassinelli, Antonio Marsina

Votes: 3,414

5. Papaya: Love Goddess of the Cannibals (1978)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror

A team of geologists attempt to remove a native cannibal population from an island to perform atomic research, but the cannibals' female leader disposes of them one by one by seduction.

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: Melissa Chimenti, Sirpa Lane, Maurice Poli, Dakar

Votes: 480

6. Savage Terror (1980)

Not Rated | 90 min | Adventure, Horror

After a raft accident in the jungle, three anthropology students and their guides attempt to escape from a primitive cannibal tribe that has hunted them down.

Director: Sisworo Gautama Putra | Stars: Enny Haryono, Barry Prima, Johann Mardjono, Rukman Herman

Votes: 287

7. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Unrated | 95 min | Adventure, Horror

22 Metascore

During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi

Votes: 46,492

8. Eaten Alive! (1980)

Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Horror

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.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Robert Kerman, Janet Agren, Ivan Rassimov, Paola Senatore

Votes: 3,197

9. Zombie Holocaust (1980)

R | 84 min | Horror

An expedition in the East Indies, encounters not only the cannibals they were looking for, but also an evil scientist and his zombie army.

Director: Marino Girolami | Stars: Ian McCulloch, Alexandra Delli Colli, Sherry Buchanan, Peter O'Neal

Votes: 4,706

10. White Cannibal Queen (1980)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror

A man who lost an arm and his family to a tribe of cannibals returns ten years later to bring back his teenager daughter, only to find that she grew up into a beautiful blonde woman who became the cannibals' queen.

Directors: Jesús Franco, Francesco Prosperi | Stars: Al Cliver, Sabrina Siani, Jérôme Foulon, Lina Romay

Votes: 701

11. Devil Hunter (1980)

Not Rated | 102 min | Horror

A Vietnam veteran heads to an island inhabited by cannibals to save a kidnapped model not only from her kidnappers, but also from the cannibals' lurking Devil god.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Ursula Buchfellner, Al Cliver, Antonio Mayans, Antônio do Cabo

Votes: 1,026

12. We're Going to Eat You (1980)

Unrated | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A secret agent investigates a village that is populated by crazed, inbred cannibals.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Norman Chu, Eddy Ko, Melvin Wong, Michelle Yim

Votes: 708

13. Cannibal Ferox (1981)

Not Rated | 93 min | Adventure, Horror

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.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Lorraine De Selle, Danilo Mattei, Zora Kerova

Votes: 8,284

14. Cannibal Terror (1980)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

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.

Directors: Alain Deruelle, Olivier Mathot, Julio Pérez Tabernero | Stars: Silvia Solar, Gérard Lemaire, Pamela Stanford, Olivier Mathot

Votes: 630

15. Diamonds of Kilimandjaro (1983)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

A group of adventurers head to a primitive tribe in Africa to find a treasure of diamonds and a beautiful white girl who was lost years ago and was made the tribe's goddess.

Directors: Jesús Franco, Olivier Mathot | Stars: Katja Bienert, Antonio Mayans, Aline Mess, Albino Graziani

Votes: 499

16. White Slave (1985)

R | 90 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

A young woman seeks vengeance and finds love when her parents are killed in the Amazon and she is taken prisoner by an indigenous tribe of headhunters.

Director: Mario Gariazzo | Stars: Elvire Audray, Will Gonzales, Dick Campbell, Andrea Coppola

Votes: 1,361

17. Cut and Run (1985)

R | 90 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

A reporter and her cameraman connect a surviving Jonestown leader and a TV exec's missing son to a drug war where jungle installations are being massacred by an army of natives and a skilled white assassin.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: Lisa Blount, Leonard Mann, Willie Aames, Richard Lynch

Votes: 1,642 | Gross: $0.37M

18. The Green Inferno (1988)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Four friends head into the jungle to locate a lost professor but instead face off against treasure hunters who are torturing and killing natives.

Director: Antonio Climati | Stars: Marco Merlo, Fabrizio Merlo, May Deseligny, Pio Maria Federici

Votes: 631

19. Massacre in Dinosaur Valley (1985)

Unrated | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

A plane crashes in the Amazon jungle, and its passengers must battle their way through cannibals, slave traders, wild animals and murderous piranha fish to safety.

Director: Michele Massimo Tarantini | Stars: Michael Sopkiw, Suzane Carvalho, Milton Rodríguez, Marta Anderson

Votes: 1,400

20. Mondo Cannibal (2004 Video)

Not Rated | 91 min | Adventure, Horror

The network where the famous anchorwoman Grace Forsyte works, is collapsing and she would do everything to regain the favour of the audience, therefore she convinces her professional team ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Mattei | Stars: Helena Wagner, Claudio Morales, Cindy Jelic Matic, Antoine Reboul

Votes: 216

21. The Green Inferno (2013)

R | 100 min | Adventure, Horror

38 Metascore

A group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rain forest and soon discover that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished.

Director: Eli Roth | Stars: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton

Votes: 33,563 | Gross: $7.19M

22. Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Not Rated | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

72 Metascore

In the dying days of the old west, an elderly sheriff and his posse set out to rescue their town's doctor from cannibalistic cave dwellers.

Director: S. Craig Zahler | Stars: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins

Votes: 71,303



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