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Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (1977)

Emanuelle e gli ultimi cannibali (original title)
R | | Adventure, Horror | June 1984 (USA)
Photojournalist Emanuelle accompanies an anthropologist, two female missionary workers and a treacherous hunter's party in a trek through the Amazon to find a cannibalistic tribe long thought extinct.


Joe D'Amato (as Aristide Massaccesi)


Joe D'Amato (story) (as Aristide Massaccesi), Romano Scandariato (script) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview:
Laura Gemser ... Emanuelle
Gabriele Tinti ... Professor Mark Lester
Nieves Navarro ... Maggie McKenzie (as Susan Scott)
Donald O'Brien ... Donald McKenzie
Percy Hogan Percy Hogan ... Salvador
Mónica Zanchi ... Isabelle Wilkes (as Monica Zanchi)
Annamaria Clementi ... Sister Angela (as Anne Maria Clementi)
Geoffrey Copleston Geoffrey Copleston ... Wilkes
Dirce Funari Dirce Funari ... Cannibal
Pierluigi Cervetti Pierluigi Cervetti ... Doctor at Mental Institution (as Pierluigi Cervetti Valle)
Bona Bono Bona Bono
Maria Gabriella Mezzetti Maria Gabriella Mezzetti
Massimo Ciprari Massimo Ciprari ... Psychiatrist at Mental Hospital
Giuseppe Auci Giuseppe Auci


While doing undercover work in a mental hospital, Emanuelle discovers a girl who seems to have been raised by a tribe of amazonian cannibals. Intrigued, Emanuelle and friends travel deep into the Amazon jungle, where they find that the supposedly extinct tribe of cannibals is still very much alive, and Emanuelle and her party are not welcome visitors. Written by Jonathan Ruskin <JonRuskin@aol.com>

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That Emanuelle girl is back more EROTIC & EXOTIC than ever See more »


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Did You Know?


Despite the end credits claiming that the jungle scenes were shot in "Tapurucuara, Brazil", they were actually filmed at a lake 56 miles southeast of Rome. The only footage of the real Amazon was lifted from the mondo film Notti porno nel mondo (1977). See more »


The "monkey" smoking as it watches the two women bathe near a waterfall is not a monkey. It's a chimpanzee - and chimpanzees are African animals, not to be found in South America. Besides, how would a wild chimp/monkey know how to smoke? See more »

Crazy Credits

The production thanks the authorities of Tapurucuara [Amazonas, Brazil] for their kind collaboration. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2002 UK DVD issue was cut by 1 min 58 secs by the BBFC to edit a rape scene, a naked woman being gutted, and a close up of the cannibals slicing off a woman's breast. See more »


Featured in Joe D'Amato Totally Uncut: The Horror Experience (2001) See more »


Make Love on the Wing
Composed by Nico Fidenco
Sung by Ulla Linder
Recorded on Duse BTF 104
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good for an Emanuelle film but schlocky for an Italian cannibal film... or vice versa?
14 April 2009 | by AylmerSee all my reviews

Much with like Nun or Nazi-sploitation, the Italian cannibal movie cycle of the 1970's is something of a bizarre enigma of a niche genre to the uninitiated. To the average layperson, Italians and cannibal movies must seem terribly outlandish... but then again so would the idea of Herzog shooting so many German-language films in the Amazon. Italy actually made at least 5 serious cannibal/jungle adventures and around 10 lesser ones from 1972-1988. This one lacks the professionalism of Ruggero Deodato's, the style of Umberto Lenzi's, and the austere grandeur and seriousness of Sergio Martino's efforts, but makes up for it with ample sex and lurid cheesiness.

Yup, this is the one and only true soft-core porn-themed Italian cannibal movie, complete with plenty of self-pleasury, lesbianry, voyeury, buggery, and plain ol' missionary. One of those films that makes you feel dirty while watching it or later with the mere memory of having seen it.

One of the lower-budgeted efforts ranking down there with ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST, EMANUELLE IN THE LAST CANNIBALS must have been shot mostly just outside Rome. Awful gore effects only enhance the fun, but the real stars of the show are the even worse-than-usual dubbing, shamefully bad dialog, and many questionable directorial touches. Right when you're laughing out loud at the film, it often switches gears into 'sex mode' with numerous soft-core scenes which act as plot-padding filler. Thankfully the animal-killing scenes are in short supply for a change.

Acting-wise, they could have done a lot worse. Save for Japanese actor Al Yamanouchi's hilarious early-career miscasting as an uncredited Latino guide, the cast is most appropriate with a good cross-section of Italian B-movie characters of the time. Donal O'Brien chews scenery wonderfully as a hard-as-nails guide, Gabriele Tinti gives just as earnest a leading man performance as he did in his earlier art-house days, Laura Gemser & Nieves Navarro look pretty and seems comfortable with the rampant nudity. Also watch for ubiquitous euro-fatman and villain voice-over actor Geoffrey Copleston as a random Amazonian landowner. All that's missing are cameos from George Eastman or Luc Merenda.

Fidenco's score gives a certain level of cheesy seriousness to the thing, but also pegs it all as sexually-themed. This film was more-or-less remade much more professionally years later as CANNIBAL FEROX with no sex and much more violence. Among its genre peers, this film (which I'll call TRAP THEM AND KILL THEM this time) ranks among the more enjoyable in that in the unintentional hilarity department it ranks second only to EATEN ALIVE.

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June 1984 (USA) See more »

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Trap Them and Kill Them See more »

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