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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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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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Advertisements still claim that the movie is banned in 31 countries, even though several countries have lifted the ban since it was first printed. See more »

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(at around 3 mins) When the man at the beginning of the movie is shot, the bad guy attaches a silencer onto the gun, but you can hear a very loud bang when the trigger is pulled. See more »

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Pre-credits disclaimer: The following feature is one of the most violent films ever made. There are at least two dozen scenes of barbaric torture and sadistic cruelty graphically shown. If the presentation of disgusting and repulsive subject matter upsets you, please do not view this film.
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The Grindhouse DVD is uncut and runs approx 93 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in 'Cannibal Apocalypse' Redux (2002) 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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Make them die slowly indeed!
29 July 2002 | by appitite2destroySee all my reviews

subciquent to the media and public outburst over Deodato's 79 classic CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, director Umberto Lenzi inspired by the already booming cannibal genre in italian cinema in the 80's and late 70's, decided to step up to the challenge of creating questionably the most repulsive stomach churner of the lot to date. Personally i believe this to be false as i think Lenzi's later work EATEN ALIVE BY CANNIBALS (AKA Eaten Alive) is the one to take the biscuit, however Ferox does far from let you down on.

Clearly hanging on the shirt tails of the (questionable) success of Deodato's CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, Lenzi seems to have come to a diffinate conclusion when developing Ferox. It would appear as if he realised that re-creating the somewhat clever and to a point thoughout provoking script and artistic and original camera work of CANNIBAL HOLOCAAUST would only lead to failure. So instead Lenzi has ejected the script, forgot the camera skills, losened the budget on actors and simple focused everything hes got on creating an outright gorefest.

From disection to castration, cannibalism, degrading and humiliating (but equally painful) torture scenes and eye gauging this film has the lot and furthermore theres little camera shy editing. No cuts, no sways and no coverups (unless you are stupid enough to watch a cut version), Lenzi lets you see what they see except in close up (mark my words, i think any men would agree with me on the castration scene!!! OUCH!!!). Oh and of course just so he wouldn't let down the morbid traditions seemingly so popular with the small circle of Italian gore directors theres plenty of pointless New York footage, and a good range of real life animal deaths.

Well i you like gut renching, outright obsanities of films (like me), this is something for you. However thats all it is or ever will be as unlike Holocaust i dont think there's any lasting damage (unless you are some sort of animal rights activist-however most of the deaths where taken from documentaries not done for the film!Unlike holocaust) with this film for anyone at all interested in horror as its just a bit extremer. However Holocaust on the other hand i think becuase of its less extreme approach and certain technical qualities makes it that little bit more worrying for the general public. You'll know what i mean when you've seen em both.


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