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Cannibal Ferox (1981)

Cannibal ferox (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Horror | 11 November 1983 (USA)
Three friends out to disprove cannibalism meet two men on the run who tortured and enslaved a cannibal tribe to find emeralds, and now the tribe is out for revenge.

Director:

Umberto Lenzi

Writers:

Umberto Lenzi (story), Umberto Lenzi (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ... Mike Logan (as John Morghen)
Lorraine De Selle ... Gloria Davis
Danilo Mattei ... Rudy Davis (as Bryan Redford)
Zora Kerova ... Pat Johnson (as Zora Kerowa)
Walter Lucchini Walter Lucchini ... Joe Costolani (as Walter Lloyd)
Fiamma Maglione Fiamma Maglione ... Myrna Stenn (as Meg Fleming)
Robert Kerman ... Lt. Rizzo
John Bartha John Bartha ... Mafioso
Venantino Venantini ... Sgt. Ross
Miguel Ángel Rincón Miguel Ángel Rincón ... Juanito (as 'El Indio' Rincon)
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Storyline

Anthropologists take a trip to the jungles of Colombia to study native cannibals. Instead, they find a band of drug dealers, using the natives to harvest coca leaves. After awhile, the natives are tired of being tortured slaves, and turn on their masters, as well as the anthropologists, thus filling the screen with gruesome splatter! Written by Humberto Amador

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Taglines:

GRUESOME! GROTESQUE! HORRENDOUS! The Goriest Orgy that ever BLOODIED the screen! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English | Spanish

Release Date:

11 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cannibal Ferox See more »

Filming Locations:

Amazon Rainforest, Colombia See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut) | (heavily cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Giovanni Lombardo Radice used the stage name John Morghen to make audiences think Cannibal Ferox was more of an Americanized movie rather than an "obscure foreign film". See more »

Goofs

After the hooks are in Pat's breasts, they are twice as long as they were before. See more »

Quotes

Mike Logan: Wanna know something? I had you nailed down the minute I saw you.
Pat: Oh you did? What, that I'm a little whore?
Mike Logan: All the way. A hot-pussied little whore, who arrived down here looking for freedom, a victim of Puritanical breeding, seeking release for strange new feelings.
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Alternate Versions

From the films initial release, pre-VRA in the UK there have always been 2 very different versions of the film, which were both released by Replay Video. There is the uncut version, and another version which is heavily edited -- including the cutting of all cannibalism, the close up of John Morghen's castration, the eye removal, the arm removal, all detail of animals being killed, Zora Kerova's death and Meg Fleming being kicked in the face. The uncut video has no picture on the front cover - only a warning of possible offence. The cut version has a picture of bones in a bloody puddle on the front. As the 'video nasties' that were prosecuted applied to all videos with the same title, both versions were removed from the shelves and no longer available See more »

Connections

References Divine Madness (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Red River Valley
Written by James Kerrigen
Sung by Lorraine De Selle and Zora Kerova
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"Then...THEN THEY ATE HIS GENITALS!!!"
13 February 2004 | by massiveappleSee all my reviews

Still one of the funniest movies of all time, assuming you're not shocked by cheap gore. Never mind the "20 scenes of extreme brutality" mentioned in the introductory "warning" (ROLL UP! ROLL UP!), there are at least 30 scenes of extreme hilarity....

If you're looking for a good cannibal flick, "Cannibal Holocaust" is the one - still pretty dumb, but good. "Ferox", on the other hand, is the one to choose if you want a good bad-taste laugh. There are way too many hilarious moments to list, but I love the central premise that Lorraine de Selle is going into the jungle to prove that cannibalism DOESN'T exist, and NEVER HAS. Right - I just walked home from the pub and didn't get into a fight, that proves that no one has ever got in a fight on the way home from the pub. And no one who's seen this film will ever forget John "Giovanni Radice" Morghen's acting as he wails the immortal line, "then...THEN THEY ATE HIS GENITALS!!!"

The commentary track on the DVD is fantastic - Lenzi is a hilariously arrogant idiot, while Morghen's camp, bitchy comments had me in hysterics.

But don't believe this nonsense about how "Ferox" is "sickening" for showing a snake crushing something to death, or South American tribes killing a turtle. Have you never watched a documentary about snakes on the BBC or the Discovery Channel? Guess what - they show them crushing things too! And if you don't believe that nature documentary crews actually feed "innocent" animals to predators just to get good footage, you're very naive. As for the turtle -- these tribal guys live IN THE JUNGLE, ok? "But you don't have to show them actually cutting the head off a live turtle!" Well first of all, the fact that it's a "live" turtle is neither here nor there - if it was a dead one, it would still have been killed, duh. And secondly, what? We can eat our turtle soup, but we don't want to watch it being made? Grow up.


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