Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals
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Only 3,000 units with an exclusive Slip Cover and CD Soundtrack!
The ultimate sex & gore shocker - Newly remastered for the first time ever.
In 1977, infamous filth auteur Joe D'Amato (BEYOND THE DARKNESS, ANTRHOPOPHAGUS) combined the insane extremes of eroticism and cannibalism for the most groin-grinding, gut-munching, gore-spewing EuroSleaze saga of them all. When journalist Emanuelle (the ever-luscious Laura Gemser of BLACK EMANUELLE fame:#41; discovers evidence of an extinct cannibal tribe in a Manhattan mental hospital, her investigation will take her to the Amazon jungle for an orgy of carnage that SexGoreMutants calls " … feral, demented and nasty. And in exploitation terms, that's entertainment!"
Gabriele Tinti (EMANUELLE IN AMERICA), Monica Zanchi (SISTER EMANUELLE) and Donald O'Brien (DOCTOR BUTCHER, M.D.) co-star in "the flesh & amp; fear masterpiece from the late great splatter genius" (DVD Beaver) released to '80s grindhouses as TRAP THEM AND KILL THEM and now scanned in 2k from original vault elements.<BR.
The World of Nico Fidenco - An interview with composer Nico Fidenco.
A Nun Among the Cannibals - An interview with actress Annamaria Clementi.
Dr. O'Brien MD - An interview with actor Donald O'Brien.
From Switzerland to Mato Grosso - An Interview with actress Monika Zanchi.
I Am Your Black Queen - Laura Gemser archive audio interview.
This is the stuff of which trash dreams are made of. --Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com
Joe D'Amato is the great Italian maestro of cinematic sleaze. --Paper Magazine
An unashamed guilty pleasure from start to finish. --HorrorView.com
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Right out of the mailer, if you got the limited edition slipcased version, you find out that the thing is really snug around the bluray case. It takes some jimmying to get the thing out of it without tearing the fancy-schmancy slipcase. This was also true with Severin's recent release of 'Eaten Alive!' so...that's no fun. It's hard to get it in and out of the slipcase without tearing it. The bluray case is nice glossy black plastic instead of the standard translucent blue which I hate, so that's good.
The movie itself is supposed to have been 'remastered from vault elements'. I don't know what kind of leaky basement vault they found these 'elements' in, but this 2k version doesn't look all that great. Maybe D'Amato and co. just couldn't afford very good film stock for this c-grader or the vault elements were copies of copies; it looks like what it is, though, a cheap sleazy grindhouse movie. Sometimes these older movies get re-mastered into looking like they were shot yesterday; this is not the case here. It's fairly grainy and at one point the picture snaps out and you're seeing a split second of burned out film flitting across the screen. Every shadow is pitch black, every bright color is washed out, every medium earth tone is rich and oversaturated. Luckily, since the beautiful Miss Gemser has so much skin on display, the rich earth tones make for a nice touch.
The 'influence on Cannibal Holocaust' is debatable. There was a brief segment where Emanuelle and her new lover Professor Lester watch footage of cannibals in Tanzania doing what they do. The basis of the story is that Emanuelle is a hard-nosed journalist doing a gritty piece about chaos in the Amazon, which was sort of the basis for the fictional documentary portrayed in Holocaust. In Holocaust, though, the cannibals come off as somewhat docile until they're riled up by the interloping documentarians; in this, apparently a tribe that was thought to be wiped out resurfaces and goes after anyone and anything that crosses their path. It's hinted at that something might have happened to anger this tribe previous to the films opening but that is not really explored/explained later. Really, 'Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals' is just an excuse to get a lot of actors into an exotic location in order to remove their clothes.
Gripes about movie: Every jungle native shown in the movie is a cannibal and every cannibal is a male in a loincloth, even when they're shown in their own island village. Maybe what the tribe is so angry about is that all the women in the tribe left? Emanuelle's young blonde friend is rather graphically molested in her sleep by a stranger they meet in the jungle. She wakes up, alerts her friends and a fight ensues. The stranger wins the fight and afterwards the film goes on as if the molestation and fight had never happened.
D'Amato does deliver on some solid, if somewhat cheap looking, gore moments. The cinematography gets pretty wild at times. The sex scenes are softcore, often with the male participant forgetting to remove (or even unzip) their pants prior to penetrative sex but then that's putting the grind in grindhouse.
The extras consist mainly of the theatrical trailer and interviews with a lot of the major players. The video interviews are fairly long and all in subtitled Italian with the interviewees expounding at great length upon their long storied careers in which, for the most part, it would seem this film was but a footnote.
You can watch the movie with English or Italian dialogue with English subtitles on or off. The English subtitles are written to follow the Italian dialogue so they don't read at all similar to what's being said on the screen with dubbed in English. Also, the dubbing overall is kinda awful. The Italian dialogue was very fast-paced so, for instance, when Emanuelle's sitting around a campfire talking about something, in Italian she'd be saying, "I did this so I want this and now I'm gonna do this. Later I will do other things." Dubbed into English it sounds like "I did this....so I want this.....and now I'm gonna.....do this and....more." That's not a line from the movie, but it's an example of how the dub-job didn't work. At one point where Emanuelle is supposed to be telling someone "I won't hurt you" the dubbed in English has her stating simply "Hurt you." If you prefer your sleazy 70s cannibal movies to have remotely believable performances from the actors, I'd recommend watching this one in Italian with the English subtitles on. Or off if you can understand Italia. Good for you!
The soundtrack cd is pretty awesome with Nico Fidenco's lush 70s softcore sounds and synthed up scary jungle atmosphere cues. It's 30 tracks long and sounds a lot better than the sound in the movie itself. Lots of good moody stuff. I suppose this is pretty comparable to Holocaust in the sense that it's got a great soundtrack.
One of the most gruesomest and sleaziest films in the cannibal genre from Italy but very enjoyable. Yes the acting sucks but there is some gruesome scenes of cannibalism and gore such as nipple eating, castration, genital stabbing, torso ripping etc. and what's refreshing for some viewers is that it tones down on the usual use of actual animals getting killed on film with the exception of a live Python getting shot in the head. Though not nearly as hard to watch as "Cannibal Holocaust" but almost near the status of that flick, it's close but no cigar when it comes near "Cannibal Holocaust".
The DVD has decent picture in widescreen format with a few extras like trailer with other Shriek Show trailers and a still gallery. Nevertheless it's still worth working if your into gore and sleaze movies.
Also recommended: "Re-Animator", "Cannibal Ferox", "Bloodsucking Freaks", "Jungle Holocaust (a.k.a. Last Cannibal World)", "Maniac (1980)", "Hostel 1 & 2", "The Devil's Rejects", "Saw Trilogy", "Ichi The Killer", "From Dusk Till Dawn", "Day of the Dead", "Mountain of the Cannibal God", "Zombie Holocaust", "City of the Living Dead", "Zombi 2 (a.k.a. Zombie)", "Eaten Alive! (1980)", "Texas Chainsaw Massacre series plus 2003 remake & The Beginning", "Hannibal", "Hellraiser", "The Toxic Avenger", "I Spit on Your Grave", "Faces of Death" and "Cannibal Holocaust".
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like porno holocaust it has no real plot. just nudity mixed with cannibals.Read more