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Sacrifice! (1972)

Il paese del sesso selvaggio (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Horror | 23 May 1973 (USA)
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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

Writers:

Francesco Barilli, Massimo D'Avak (as Massimo D'Avack)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ivan Rassimov ... John Bradley
Me Me Lai ... Marayå (as Me Me Lay)
Prasitsak Singhara Prasitsak Singhara ... Taima
Sulallewan Suxantat Sulallewan Suxantat ... Karen
Ong Ard Ong Ard ... Lahuna
Prapas Chindang Prapas Chindang ... Chuan
Pipop Pupinyo Pipop Pupinyo ... Mihuan
Tuan Tevan Tuan Tevan ... Tuan
Chit Chit ... Cannibal
Choi Choi ... Cannibal
Song Suanhud Song Suanhud ... Witch Doctor
Pairach Thaipradit Pairach Thaipradit ... Thai
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Alexander Nick Alexander ... Trailer Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

A photographer on assignment in the rain forest is ambushed and held slave by a primitive tribe, until the chief's daughter chooses him as her groom. After being initiated by various tortures, he becomes a part of the tribe and helps them against modern dangers and a cannibal tribe they're at war with. Written by Anonymous

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He dared the forbidden river where adventure ends and hell begins! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Burmese | Thai

Release Date:

23 May 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sacrifice! See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Ruggero Deodato's film Jungle Holocaust (1977) was originally conceived as a sequel to Sacrifice! (1972), with Umberto Lenzi attached to direct. The project fell through when the producers refused to accept Lenzi's demands for higher payment. Deodato was eventually hired, and the project became a stand-alone film. See more »

Quotes

Taima: [to John Bradley] In three moons you man of tribe. You not to die because Maraya says not, even if little arrows cause you much pain.
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The European DVD by 'DVD Classics', has the original on-screen Italian title and is completely uncut See more »

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Pretty forgettable debut for the cannibal subgenre
11 November 2000 | by Casey-52See all my reviews

Ruggero Deodato is often credited for inventing the cannibal subgenre with JUNGLE HOLOCAUST in 1975. But director Umberto Lenzi, usually acknowledged as a Deodato rip-off, directed THE MAN FROM DEEP RIVER 3 years earlier in 1972. Is it a worthy start for the genre? Well....not really.....

A photographer accidentally kills a man in self-defense and while retreating into the jungles of an Asian country, is captured by a native tribe who hold him captive, force him into slave labor, and eventually accept him when he marries the chief's daughter. Throughout the whole film, I never felt this was a horror film. It was more reminiscent of a drama, like A MAN CALLED HORSE, which I liked better. Ivan Rassimov is pretty good as the photographer, but it is Me Me Lai as the chief's daughter who is memorable and great. I have always been a Me Me Lai fan ever since her breathtaking performance in JUNGLE HOLOCAUST and she is never given credit for her acting chops because she hardly speaks in her films. She is still very talented and charming. Lots of real animal mutilation is the one thing about DEEP RIVER that could make it a horror film, but even that doesn't execute well.

THE MAN FROM DEEP RIVER is good to see for those who want to see what started the cannibal subgenre, but as an entry in the genre, is easily eclipsed by Deodato's entries and even Lenzi's own later entries. Recommended only for completists and Me Me Lai fans.


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