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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 »

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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 »

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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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Trivia

Umberto Lenzi used the same music as he used in his earlier film, Eaten Alive! (1980), in this one. See more »

Goofs

After Mike's hand is cut off, his arm is bandaged up, but it's longer than it was with his hand still attached. See more »

Quotes

Rudy: There's something I can't figure out...
Gloria Davis: What's that?
Rudy: I don't know.
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Alternate Versions

Several scenes of cruelty to animals were cut by the New Zealand censors. See more »

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Referenced in Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered - Volume 1 (2008) See more »

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Red River Valley
Written by James Kerrigen
Sung by Lorraine De Selle and Zora Kerova
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The Biggest Shock Is That It's Good!
29 April 2005 | by RathkoSee all my reviews

There are so many versions of this movie floating around that I have absolutely no idea what was cut from the version I saw, and what wasn't. All I know is that it was the recent Grindhouse Releasing version.

I expected absolutely nothing from this movie, other than completely amateurish nonsense in the vein of an updated Hershell Gordon Lewis. I was shocked to find that Cannibal Ferox really isn't a bad movie at all. The storyline, acting and production values were as solid as you could expect from such a multi-lingual low budget exploitation flick, especially considering the amount of outdoor location shooting, and Grindhouse have done a really good job with the remastering. Lorraine De Selle is great, trying to take the whole thing seriously while Giovanni Lombardo Radice chews the scenery around her with leering, bog-eyed abandon. Zora Kerova looks like she wandered in from the set of Friday 13th Part II, all blond curls and pert tits, and suffers the consequences. The whole New York subplot stinks of running-time-filler and could be totally done away with.

The gore is minimal but effective – a blink and you'll miss it latex castration and a rather more shocking breast-on-hook impalement. The much criticized animal cruelty really isn't as bad as everyone tries to make out – usually consisting of little more than Discovery Channel style documentary footage of animals chasing and killing each other. On the few occasions in which people actively kill animals, they do so quickly and efficiently, and there's no sense that the animals are suffering, or no more than they would in the average abattoir. It's interesting that when animals are butchered for your viewing pleasure in Italian exploitation movies it's banned in a dozen countries, but when Coppola does it (far less humanely) in Apocalypse Now, it's art.

This was my first journey into the Cannibal genre, and if I can get my hands on Cannibal Holocaust, it won't be my last. Ferox is a fun, trashy, low budget, exploitation fest that is far more enjoyable than some of the big-budget mainstream dross that I've had to endure (Constantine anyone?).


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