Cannibal Ferox Reviews
If you're looking for a good cannibal flick, "Cannibal Holocaust" is the one - still pretty dumb, but good. "Ferox", on the other hand, is the one to choose if you want a good bad-taste laugh. There are way too many hilarious moments to list, but I love the central premise that Lorraine de Selle is going into the jungle to prove that cannibalism DOESN'T exist, and NEVER HAS. Right - I just walked home from the pub and didn't get into a fight, that proves that no one has ever got in a fight on the way home from the pub. And no one who's seen this film will ever forget John "Giovanni Radice" Morghen's acting as he wails the immortal line, "then...THEN THEY ATE HIS GENITALS!!!"
The commentary track on the DVD is fantastic - Lenzi is a hilariously arrogant idiot, while Morghen's camp, bitchy comments had me in hysterics.
But don't believe this nonsense about how "Ferox" is "sickening" for showing a snake crushing something to death, or South American tribes killing a turtle. Have you never watched a documentary about snakes on the BBC or the Discovery Channel? Guess what - they show them crushing things too! And if you don't believe that nature documentary crews actually feed "innocent" animals to predators just to get good footage, you're very naive. As for the turtle -- these tribal guys live IN THE JUNGLE, ok? "But you don't have to show them actually cutting the head off a live turtle!" Well first of all, the fact that it's a "live" turtle is neither here nor there - if it was a dead one, it would still have been killed, duh. And secondly, what? We can eat our turtle soup, but we don't want to watch it being made? Grow up.
A bunch of friends go into the jungle to disprove that cannibalism was never real and "Man Eat Man" was just bull shit all along. Then they run into Mike Logan who has enslaved a native tribe and plans to make them dig for emeralds and grow cocaine but only to have the younger natives come home from fishing and find the students and Mikes gang. They enslave both even the ones who didn't do anything and plan to "Make Them Die Slowly"
They Cut and torture them to the limits of pain.
I think the funky score was just cool that real 1970s music playing at the start when he walks down the street of NYC. And then flicks to the jungle were this heavily scary yet exotic at the same time starts playing.
I think Mike Logan is the best character ever in any film all he does is sniff cocaine and he quotes "Ar this is the shit doesn't give you brain damage doesn't slow you down just makes you feel alive". And he is a man on the run because of the mafia and him owing a major debt of 100,000 dollars.
That's the sub plot in this movie Mike and a detective looking for him and that links all the way to the end.
Cannibal exploitation as people put it always start of in big cities because they want the viewer to see the differences once they enter the jungle to see man eats man in a world with no rules. Still the intro to this movie is the best ever.
The acting is awesome I don't know why everyone says it's bad it's mad, they really know how to act when they start to die, Mike again is like that but he killed a native girl and the exasperations on his face made it seem like he had no guilty condenses.
I come to a close but last but not least Umberto Lenzi's direction is just mad he really new how to make an awesome exploitation film.
So the movie is directed by Umberto Lenzi and stars Giovanni Lombardo and Robert Kerman (we also saw him in cannibal holocaust). So really the film is all about the Drug Empire and trafficking as well as cannibalism.
The film begins in New York City, with an unnamed man visiting an apartment to get heroin (using the term "horse") from his dealer named Mike. Instead of finding his usual pusher, the man finds two mobsters who are also looking for Mike, who had apparently skipped town owing them $100,000. After questioning the man about Mike's whereabouts, they shoot him and leave him for dead. Then it flicks to brazil were a group of people are out to disprove that cannibalism is still around only to run into mike and his friends who are hiding out in the jungle for the time being.
So I liked it a lot more then I thought I would have it slow though you don't really see any acts of violence or any thing good for a while but its great to watch the scenery and listen to the wired music.
70% for story the film is mostly about drug trafficking more then cannibal people eating each other when it does come to that stuff it mostly has a shock factor. To see people dying like this.
70% for acting its nothing great nor bad just average I also believe Robert Kerman from cannibal holocaust is really just playing the same part as he did in the other one just a detective now.
90% for special effects they are truly shocking not as mind blowing as cannibal holocaust but they keep your eyes closed for the time being till that scene ends.
60% for characters nothing great just you're typical characters running into a drug dealer and getting wasted by the cannibals.
70% for everything else Music is good for scenery shots, Editing is good but I was really disgusted in real animal murders like a lot of you.
But really it's enjoyable like it a lot more then I thought I would have. But I still don't like these movies.
Cannibal Ferox is about 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. The film is a poor man version of Cannibal Holocaust. The opening theme, I kid you not, is very misleading and lead me to believe that I had accidentally bought a porno. Also, we see a walking from the hospital to his apartment only to be killed within the first four minutes. You know a movie is bad when the opening credit itself is pointless. Another problem with the plot is a lack of characterization and exposition. It switches between characters, locations, and plot lines with no real focus. Why do we need to know a blue butterfly landing on a boat will bring bad luck and then see a man eat a butterfly? The movie does has many ridiculous moment! The dialogue is plain awful, but the delivery of these lines makes them unintentionally hilarious. You will laugh when you hear "They tied him to a stake, and castrated him with a machete. And then they, ate his genitals". The movie fails to send a message since it's essentially tries to be Cannibal Holocaust, but fails at it. With no characters nor interesting plot you will have very little reason to stick around.
The acting is really terrible from everyone. The fact that I was able to laugh at a persons dead body is sign of directionless actor. The editing and music in general could use some serious work. How am I suppose to take a cannibal dying seriously when the transition has disco porn music playing. The movies tries to shock you by showing an actual skinning of alligator and killing of hog, but cuts way so we clearly see it and often from far away for these killings. Despite a man getting the top of his head cut off with cannibals presuming to eat his brain and a nude women getting hooked into her breast and hanged there's only one scene that's uncomfortable. The only scene that's cringe worthy is the "castration scene" and this is the third time I saw a castration which does no get easier watch. The special effects are somewhat good, but some of them fall notably flat. One being a scene where a character leg is getting by piranhas, but you can clearly tell the piranhas are swimming around his leg. It tires to shock to you, but the fact that my a friend of mine got a "surprise boner" in a movie about in a movie about cannibalism is a trait of shocking film.
Cannibal Ferox could be best classified as a porno gone horribly wrong and turning into a cannibal movie. It falls flat in every area and is a forgotten piece of cinematic history.
A total miss despite the good idea behind it.
Again, as there was an actual animal killing I don't support buying this movie.
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?).