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Slave of the Cannibal God (1978)

La montagna del dio cannibale (original title)
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

Writers:

Cesare Frugoni (screenplay), Cesare Frugoni (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ursula Andress ... Susan Stevenson
Stacy Keach ... Professor Edward Foster
Claudio Cassinelli ... Manolo
Antonio Marsina ... Arthur Weisser
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ... Father Moses
Lanfranco Spinola Lanfranco Spinola ... Consul Burns
Carlo Longhi Carlo Longhi ... Phil
Luigina Rocchi Luigina Rocchi ... Puka Body Painter #1
Akushula Selayah Akushula Selayah ... Sura (as Akushla Sellajaah)
Dudley Wanaguru Dudley Wanaguru
T.M. Munna T.M. Munna
M. Suki M. Suki
Giovanni Masini Giovanni Masini
Franco Cuccu Franco Cuccu
Franco Coduti ... (as Gianfranco Coduti)
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Storyline

Susan Stevenson and her brother Arthur get off a plane in Papua New Guinea, looking for her missing husband. They team up with, Dr. Edward Foster. The three head into the jungle, get in more than a few fights amongst themselves, and view lots of gratuitous animal cruelty, notable an iguana getting eviscerated. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Filmed in the savage and unexplored jungle See more »

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Adventure | Horror

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Trivia

Antonio Marsina looked so much like Helmut Berger at this point in his career that the box for the DVD of this film even mistakes Marsina for Helmut Berger. Helmut Berger does not appear in this film. See more »

Goofs

Obvious use of a dummy when Professor Foster dies falling at the waterfall. See more »

Crazy Credits

The ending credits do not actually state what the job of each individual was. Instead, it merely lists the technicians involved, which is why many have mistaken this for a cast list. This was because of the guerrilla nature of the shooting of this movie, which meant the crew positions were very fluid. See more »

Alternate Versions

The US DVD under the title 'Slave of the Cannibal God' is almost complete. The castration is very slightly cut. See more »

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Referenced in Tarzan the Ape Man (1981) See more »

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Madman's review!
31 March 2004 | by MrMadSee all my reviews

Italian horror supremo Sergio Martino managed to persuade Ursula Andress into this now notorious jungle adventure and moreover got her to display her boobies! Back in the days when animal rights activists were just a glimmer in their fathers eye, film makers were able to shock audiences by showing gratuitious scenes of animals being killed. In this case, a giant snake eating a monkey, tribesmen slicing open a large lizard, and a number of others - intense imagery but it does go to show how brutal nature can be.

Andress plays Susan Stevenson, the wife of a scientist who has become lost in the New Guinea jungle, and mounts an expedition with the help of her brother and another scientist. They soon meet up with the mysterious Manolo who helps in the search and discover that Susan's hubby has gone in search of a secret tribe living on a remote mountain called Ra Ra Me which translates as Mountain Of The Cannibal God.

Much of the group are killed on the way by members of the cannibal tribe and when they do arrive at the mountain, it is the Uranium in the rocks that Susan seeks for financial gain rather than locating her husband. However, her plans are quickly scuppered when the tribe capture her and the last remaining scientist and take them to their mountain lair. They believe that Susan is a goddess and create a living monument by smearing her naked body with fluid and putting ceremonial items on her. How sweet.

The jungle locations are rich and vibrant, and the cannibals are genuinly scarey looking characters - especially the midget one. The flick does over use shock tactics in parts such as the frenzied sex scene which includes a large boar as far as I can make out. That said, I personally enjoyed the whole 70's exploitation experience but that may be due to having something wrong with my head.

7.75 out of 10.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Slave of the Cannibal God See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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