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Eaten Alive! (1980)

Mangiati vivi! (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Horror | 20 March 1980 (Italy)
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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.

Director:

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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Trapped in a jungle of crazy flesh eaters! The terrifying nightmare that became reality! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Sinhalese | English

Release Date:

20 March 1980 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Doomed to Die See more »

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Runtime:

| (heavily cut)

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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Obvious stunt double when Butler is fighting Karan. See more »

Quotes

Jonas Melvyn: Their idea of lunch is fresh, hot entrails soaked in blood.
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema release was heavily cut by the BBFC to remove graphic scenes of gore and violence. For its 1987 video release the film had been extensively pre-cut by the distributors before submission, removing 5 mins 42 secs of footage. The cuts included all footage of cannibalism, explicit rape scenes, the castration of a native man, and a man's ear being severed. The print used also replaced many of the nude scenes with alternative clothed footage. The animal violence was also cut including a snake killing a monkey, scenes of a snake fighting a mongoose and a bird, and the mutilations of a crocodile and an iguana. The BBFC made an additional 1 sec cut to remove the penetration of the crocodile's head with a knife. This same print was used for the later Vipco releases. See more »

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Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe and lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
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Survival of the Fittest
21 December 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Eaten Alive (by the cannibals) is the least known of the three major Italian gut-munching cannibal movies, the other two being Rugero Deodato's "Cannibal Holocaust" and Lenzi's own "Cannibal Ferox". I use the words 'least famous' carefully because this film is still highly popular among cult collectors and a definite must see for exploitation fanatics. Even though Cannibal Ferox is more notorious, it's actually Eaten Alive that tells the most intriguing story! The feared cannibals of the New Guinean jungle are secondary to the story of a mad purification sect, of which the leader – Jonas – holds a wealthy American girl captive. Her younger sister goes on an expedition to rescue her, accompanied by a nihilist desperado who deserted during the Vietnam War. Eaten Alive (by the Cannibals) features loads of nudity, repulsive gore and inhuman cruelty and it is, of course, better not viewed by the faint-hearted and/or easily offended people. Even those with the strongest stomachs will have a hard time sitting through some of the nauseating sickness featuring! I can only say: Well done Mr. Lenzi!! But, if you do love this type of extraordinary film-making, you'll be impressed by the beauty and style Umberto Lenzi brings to the screen. The anthropology aspects as well as the stunning locations and images of wildlife are some of the most intriguing shots ever featuring in controversial cinema land. And then of course, there's the score! These films are actually worth watching for the music alone. The mesmerizing tunes that guide this atmospheric jungle adventure are almost too beautiful for words. Ignorant opponents of the horror genre will most likely disagree but I think "Eaten Alive" is essential viewing for the fans of extreme shock-cinema. Just make sure you watch a fully uncut version.


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