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Eaten Alive! (1980)

Mangiati vivi! (original title)
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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.

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Umberto Lenzi

Writer:

Umberto Lenzi (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Kerman ... Mark Butler
Janet Agren ... Sheila Morris
Ivan Rassimov ... Jonas Melvin
Paola Senatore ... Diana
Me Me Lai ... Mowara
Fiamma Maglione Fiamma Maglione ... Alma (as Mag Fleming)
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ... Reeves
Franco Coduti ... Karan (as Gianfranco Coduti)
Alfred Joseph Berry Alfred Joseph Berry
Michele Schmiegelm Michele Schmiegelm ... Native Girl
Mel Ferrer ... Professor Carter
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Storyline

One of the less gruesome cannibal tales. A woman is searching for her missing sister and she finds hope in the folly of a dead hit-man who has a film on him. The film shows some sadistic torture and a brief cameo by her sister taken by a documentary film crew who obviously didn't make it out. She then leaves for the jungle joined by cannibal film regular Robert Kerman (playing Mark Butler), where they meet up with the standard Cannibal tribe and a Jim Jones like cult leader. Of course escape is next to impossible with the always-hungry cannibals waiting them out and the crazy followers of the suicide cult leader ready to eat them on command. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

20 March 1980 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Doomed to Die See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Robert Kerman didn't have to audition for his role. See more »

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(at around 12 mins) Sheila arrives at New Guinea in a Pakistan International Airlines flight. Pakistan is thousands of miles away from New Guinea and has never had flights there. The ground crew and pilot who helps her meet Mark are also Pakistani. See more »

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Jonas Melvyn: Their idea of lunch is fresh, hot entrails soaked in blood.
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Music by William Steffe and lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
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the most unintentionally hilarious of the genre
18 March 2009 | by AylmerSee all my reviews

This is not so much a film as it is a clip-show "best of" reel with about 60 minutes of original footage to fill in the gaps. Most of this film was shot in Sri Lanka with a few (quite obvious) sections shot in southern Italy and a few completely gratuitous New York scenes thrown in to try to pass the film off as American. Mel Ferrer makes a completely pointless cameo appearance as a professor who gets to interact with two porn actors playing cops (the poor guy!).

Lenzi is usually a great director, but he clearly was not on his A-game with this Cannibal turkey. Not one scene goes by without something completely laughable happening. I'll give you a few examples.

A) one scene showing Mel Ferrer entering a police station features his voice dubbed by another actor! Ferrer then can be heard with his actual voice moments later! B) Ferrer's audio is quite obviously recorded practically, while the other actors in the scene with him are dubbed. Jarringly obvious shift in quality.

C) shamelessly over-acting police-man saying "WHAT?".

D) a scene where a Sri Lankan (well this movie takes place in New Guinea though these people don't look it at all) allows an alligator to effortlessly chomp his dangling arm off. This scene gets double the embarrassment for actually being culled from another movie! E) when the actors "interact" with the Animal cruelty scenes, it's all just close-ups of them reacting intercut with shots from a different film with different filmstock.

F) When Kerman throws a spear at a native (haphazardly), it clumsily falls sideways into the dirt. The next shot shows a screaming native with a spear sticking out of his chest! G) One of the Sri Lankan helicopter pilots (who is dubbed, even) blows his line and they left it in! H) Kerman nonchalantly knocks Agren out with a punch so she doesn't see a gory evisceration.

I) whopping continuity error involving a character's body parts magically reattaching after they were eaten.

J) said scene includes a woman missing her right leg, with a native seen nearby eating a leg... but with a LEFT foot attached to it! Seriously! The list goes on and on. This film is so riotously daft, yet oddly competent in its staging and cinematography, that it's totally unique in the annals of film. The only other film coming close to the lunacy of this is Lenzi's NIGHTMARE CITY which was far more respectable.

This film, at least, is never boring and very accessible to those unfamiliar with bad Italian cinema. Personally I find it funnier than most intentional comedies, which is why it gets such a high rating from me. Whether Lenzi had this in mind or was seriously trying to make a good film is anyone's guess.


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