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Cannibal Mercenary (1983)

| Action, Adventure, Horror
A Thai veteran of the Vietnam War and all around master of combat leads a group of men on a daring mission into the jungles of Vietnam to topple a dangerous drug lord and his cannibal army.

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Hong Lu Wong

Writer:

George Lam
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Credited cast:
Alan English Alan English
Paul John Stanners Paul John Stanners ... (as Paul John)
Nian Watts Nian Watts
Harry Myles Harry Myles
David Borg David Borg
John Brown John Brown
Nick Norman Nick Norman
Kent Tripos Kent Tripos
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sormud Charekchema Sormud Charekchema
Sugud Namchan Sugud Namchan
Rom Rachan Rom Rachan
Lek Songphon Lek Songphon
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A Thai veteran of the Vietnam War and all around master of combat leads a group of men on a daring mission into the jungles of Vietnam to topple a dangerous drug lord and his cannibal army.

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When the drug lord is first seen, several "prisoners" are executed by hanging. They are clearly wearing harnesses under their clothing that suspend them from the rope when the stones are kicked out from under their feet. See more »

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Mercenary: [talking to python] My lovely little snake! You slippery little thing. I wish I could have a pair of fangs like yours. Your belly's like a glob of spit to the touch, you slimy, wretched, oversized eel! Mm, I love ya! Come here and give me another kiss with those big fangs. Ha ha ha ha!
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Followed by Cannibal Mercenary 2 (1989) See more »

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Gore, Unintentional Hilarity & Racist Conical Hats
5 March 2018 | by biscutbuu69See all my reviews

This film is about a Thai Vietnam vet whose daughter is dying from polio agrees to go into the jungle and take out a drug lord who has an army of cannibals. Now if that ain't a cool plot I don't know what is. So it literally starts with our main character having a Vietnam flashback and then just doing some John Wick level stuff. So this guy offers him the job of saving some girl from the jungle and in return he'll get seven grand which I'm sure is enough to help is daughter. So when you see this characters hotel room, it looks kinda like the hotel room scenes in the opening of Apocalypse Now this film is basically a low budget horror version of Apocalypse Now.

For Starters the English dub is bad, not the worst I've ever heard but its pretty bad although I think it adds to the cheesy entertainingly bad nature of the film, same goes for the writing. Really everything is of bad quality other than some of the camera work and technical aspects. Also the gore in the film is well done and one of the more memorable aspects of the film that in combination with the bonkers plot and bad dubbing makes for a good time. The movie has this problem when there are a few scenes where you go in and assume that it is either a flashback or actually happening and they film doesn't tell you so you have to kinda sit there and wait for the movie to let you know which adds to the hilarious ineptness and humorous confusion the film has going on. This film is quite the gem of a bad movie and its surprisingly entertaining while it doesn't live up to its title. Also the film steals music from Lucio Fulci's City of the Living Dead which I thought was pretty funny and it isn't just used once its used like 7 times and every time it seems just out of place also music from Goblin's soundtrack to Dawn of the Dead is used. Plus all the Viet-Cong wear bright blue shirts and shorts with racist conical hats which make the film all the more cheesy and unintentionally hilarious. Its got this almost Ed Wood like quality with some of its continuity errors and stuff like that.

On the Gore Meter from one to ten One being something like Nosferatu and ten being something like Peter Jackson's Braindead Its a 4.5 not too gory but there is gore to be seen

Honestly I'm sad that a company like Arrow Video hasn't picked this title up cause I'd love to see an HD widescreen transfer of this film. Its exploitation trash cinema gold and the fact that it doesn't have much of a following or at least a decent release is a shame. I will admit it gets a little bit boring toward the half way mark but it quickly picks up. I'm gonna give it a 3.5/5


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