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"Established a world drive-in record with a 98 on the Vomit Meter." -- Joe Bob Briggs
"The definitive cannibal film." -- Steve Bissette, DEEP RED HORROR HANDBOOK
- Commentary by director Umberto Lenzi and actor John Morghen
- Interview with director Umberto Lenzi
- Gallery of photos, posters, and publicity materials
- Liner notes
Top Customer Reviews
watching my first flick of 2005, and just when I
thought I had seen it all, along comes Umberto Lenzi's
1981 horror classic "Cannibal Ferox". After the first
30 minutes I had a true understanding as to why this
feature has been banned in 31 countries. This deluxe
uncensored letterbox edition was filmed in New York City
and in the Amazon (very similar) Perhaps the movie
poster says it all. "Warrning! Due to its shocking
and violent subject matter, no one under 17 should
view this film." Seventeen??? I'm 55 and I'm not too
sure the ratings commission shouldn't have banned it
in this country. Believe it or not, I purchased it
As most of you know, I am a horror film connoissseur.
This isn't horror...it's gore. Those who don't easily
feel nauseated over blood, guts and ooze, will adore
this "classic" (???). But be forewarned, it is
definitely not for the squeamish. I can't destroy the
shock value by telling you the explicit nature of this
grizzly stomach turner, but the letterbox states..."98
on the vomit meter".
The premise of the film is simple. A young college
student sets out to write her thesis on the "myth"
that cannibals do not eat humans. Her journey is well
worth a PhD.
To provide you with one last clue as to the extreme
sadistic focus of this flick, here's the opening
"The following feature is one of the most violent
films ever made. There at least two dozen scenes of
barbaric torture and sadistic cruelty graphically
shown.Read more ›
However, the movie itself is not at all the "most violent film ever made." It drags on a lot and takes a long time for the action to start going. It goes back and forth between city scenes and the amazon scenes, probably just to have a longer running time. Lots of zoom-ins of monkeys in trees...is Lenzi trying to say something? The monotonous music makes it even drag more. The pros are the gore, which feature realistic scenes of eye gouging, hanging by breasts, severing of a guy's you-know-what, and a worm going in and out of a native, but there are other scenes like slicing the top of a guy's head off, or a spear going through a chest which look very fake and corny. What is real is the animal cruelty, over 5 scenes of animal deaths, which has caused the controversy of the film in some countries. Otherwise, if you've seen "Dead Alive" or "Pink Flamingos" it's pretty tame. The gore won't make you cringe but actually chuckle at the way it's presented in the movie. Overall, a must have collectors item for horror fans, but stars go down for the actual film itself. Good release, not so good film.
P.S. Keep on the lookout for more RMM agency/Grindhouse releases. They will release many more horror videos, complete with special features like this one.
Overall, this Holocaust rip-off is obviously a must-buy for italian cannibal/gore fans (legions ahead of rubbish like Eaten Alive etc). People new to the genre may do best to check out Cannibal Holocaust (availible on import from europe) first, as it is cinematically far better although harder to watch. But if you're in the mood for a little mindless gore, and don't mind certain scenes looking a tad unrealistic not to mention the laughable dialogue, you could do far worse.
The film actually starts off in NYC, with the rather annoying subplot which serves as an intermittent and completely pointless distraction throughout the film, and involves gang members (and later police) searching for a missing drug dealer who has run away with their money. All of a sudden we switch to South America, just as three young explorers (Gloria, the leader, plus her brother Rudy and friend Pat) are about to set off into the jungle.
They don't believe in cannibals! In fact, this is a research trip to help Gloria finish her thesis, which seeks to prove that cannibalism is a myth. Little do they know....
After a series of minor disasters and encounters with the local natives and wildlife they eventually bump into two other Americans, Mike and Joe, who tell them they've escaped from some cannibals that killed (and partly consumed) a friend of theirs. Our three well-meaning innocents believe them at first, and before long they all arrive at the cannibals' village, which is temporarily safe due to the fact that most of its inhabitants have left.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A classic cannibal movie! This is a must have for any horror fan's collection. It's getting harder to find and is a great film.Published 28 days ago by Jayson Rohrback
I owned this movie on vhs and was destroyed over 30 years ago. And it was awesome to watch in blue ray. Thank You !Published 1 month ago by Raymond
Terrible dubbing, even though it seems to have been acted in English? wtf... The animal cruelty scenes make me sad. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wesley A. Morin
If you love Cannibal Holocaust, give this a try. Moves a little faster but Holocaust is more shocking.Published 5 months ago by Randy Nalley
From todays standards not that much horror, unless the shots of apparent animal cruelty are your thing. But in the day I can see why this shocked the world. Read morePublished 5 months ago by VolksJon
I'm sure this is a greet film, but unfortunately the blu ray is region A and I am unable to view the film'Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE FILM NOT THE DVD.
I saw Cannibal Ferox (1981) in 70 mm resolution, and what seemed to be a genuine grindhouse version. Read more