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Jungle Holocaust (1977)

Ultimo mondo cannibale (original title)
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.


Ruggero Deodato


Tito Carpi (screenplay), Gianfranco Clerici (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Massimo Foschi ... Robert Harper
Me Me Lai ... Pulan
Ivan Rassimov ... Rolf
Sheik Razak Shikur Sheik Razak Shikur ... Charlie
Judy Rosly Judy Rosly ... Swan
Suleiman Suleiman ... Native Chief
Shamsi Shamsi ... Native Warrior #1


A plane crashes in the jungle. One of the survivors gets lost and while trying to find a way out of the jungle he gets captured by cannibals. He is humiliated, stripped naked, and thrown in a hole with a bird for a while. Eventually, he escapes with the help of a cannibal girl and tries to find his plane so he can go home. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A stone-age world of horrors ... ONLY ONE SURVIVED. See more »


Adventure | Horror


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Release Date:

24 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carnivorous See more »

Filming Locations:

Malaysia See more »

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Technical Specs


| (heavily cut) | (R-rated) | (heavily cut) | (heavily cut) | (heavily cut)

Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was originally conceived as a sequel of sorts to Umberto Lenzi's Sacrifice! (1972). Lenzi was originally attached to direct, but the project fell through when the producers refused Lenzi higher payment. Although the idea was eventually scrapped, the original "sequel" concept is still readily apparent, as Me Me Lai and Ivan Rassimov star in both films. See more »


The snake that is milked onto the spearhead is clearly from the cobra family. The men claim that this venom will kill in seconds but in actuality the average death from cobra venom can take place up to thirty minutes later. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original 1977 UK cinema version ("Cannibal") was cut by around 4 minutes by the BBFC to heavily edit cannibalism scenes, closeups of Harper's naked penis, animal killings and shots of a man's arm being eaten by ants. When the film was finally submitted for DVD release in 2003 (as "Last Cannibal World") the BBFC required 2 minutes 46 secs of cuts to remove the scene of a live crocodile being gutted and to edit a rape sequence. The distributors had also offered a pre-cut version, removing a further 1 minute 47 secs, though in the end the longer BBFC-approved version was eventually released. See more »

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One of Ruggero Deodatos very best gems
23 November 2003 | by r-kanneSee all my reviews

I saw this one again after not seeing it for 6-7 years and I must say it`s still my number one outdoors\jungle movie. It plays out like a mix of Indiana Jones type adveture, the intrapment of "deliverance", the real violence of "Faces of death 1-4" and the make-up effects of Lucio Fulci`s films.

ITALY AND REALITY The Italians are experts in making movies without rules. I mean in Hollywood for instance thy obey different rules because they are afraid movies will not sell, or they need an R- rating. All this ruins the art in movies. If you are setting out like Deodato is in this movie to make a movie about cannibals, you need scenes of people getting eaten or killed in different ways, and of course an explenation to why. This movie contains both.

ANIMAL CRUELTY I did not enjoy the animal cruelty, but who did. Ruggero Deodato disliked these parts too. They were filmed after the movie was made by the producer and a little crew. They threw small animals like bats on to python`s and filmed the fight and then finished it of by placing terrible sound effect`s over the "action" to give it an even stranger feel.

EMOTIONAL Apart from the animal crulety though, I love the film. It is very well made. The film manages to be cruel and savage in scenes and then suddenly go over to scenes that almost made me cry. It packs lot`s of emotion and depth. And as mentioned before, is very bold in portraying the violence as harsh as in real-life. Im talking about the special-effects not the animal cruelty off course.

TRUE EVENTS The movie is based upon true event`s and this notion really add to the terror and emotional termoil I felt watching it again after so many years. I have had it on video uncut for several years, and finally I found it on DVD from Shreak-show uncut with interviews and trailers.

WHO IS IT FOR? Well it is definitly not for anyone. I see from reviews on IMDB that many people watch this movie and want it to be a Hollywood-movie or something. Almost all the complaints by critics and users are about silly things we are used to from Hollywood. This is a low-budget movie shot in the jungle of Malaysia in harsch conditions. This is what made it authentic. Some people have seen so many fake-to-reality Hollywood-films they would not know reality if it bit their behinds. I am not a fan of cannibal-movies made in Hollywood, as they tend not to be about cannibal\native-life and more about the characters who are mostly american and pretty dull. So then. If you are a big Hollywood fan and don`t like realistic and real violence right up in your face don`t see it. But if you are bored\annoyed about Hollywood always showing you some kind of romantic escapade instead of telling the story(titanic-syndrome)and can stumack the violence -see it.

Score: 10 out of 10

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