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Cannibal Girls Reviews

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April 14, 2017
Ivan Reitman directed this "comedy" thriller ten years before GHOSTBUSTERS; this is low-budget and nothing like his future successes.
March 7, 2017
An early attempt at "horror-comedy" from Ivan Reitman that doesn't really offer much in either genre. There's a retro charm but that's it.
January 15, 2017
Spoiler Alert...Where to start...Well, this film had a very profound effect on me as a young teenager when I first saw it late at night around 1985. The effect is still the same to this day. I was so overwhelmed by the feel of this movie that I became obsessed with finding all the filming locations after I saw it again in 1988. I am also astonished at how under-rated this gem is.

I'm a big fan of classic 1970's Canadian cult films and this tops my list. Yes it even beats out other Canadian 1970's horrors gems like: Deranged, Black Christmas, Death Weekend and Rituals. There is just so much going on here: including the complex and eerie soundtrack which adds to the overall feel. This piece of music is an unknown masterpiece, that goes through minor and major chord sequences and changes key with each round. The camera used brings out that 1970's feel to its extreme. There is comedy interchanged within the dialogue and the horror, and the actor choices were spot on.

Eugene Levy (Clifford) and Andrea Martin (Gloria) of SCTV fame were cast well as the main characters. They start out driving in the snowy wilds of Ontario looking for a place to stay. The two come to Farnhamville (Beaverton) and are mystically controlled into staying there by the townsfolk. They end up staying at the old Oak Inn (Oak Ridges) and the hotel owner, May Jarvis, takes them back in time when she tells them a story of a legend involving three girls who methodically lure unsuspecting men to their century farm house (Aurora), in which each is systematically murdered and chopped up for feasting on. These feasts give the girls everlasting life. The scene involving one of the men being tied seductively to the bed by the girls is very effective (he is eaten alive after all). We soon learn who is really in control, however.

Enter Ronald Ulrich-- one must experience the work done by this consummate stage professional, who plays the Reverend St John. This was his second foray into the movie business (and sadly his last). This guy nails the character to a T. His look and his voice bring this character to life. He still terrifies me. Not only was he naturally mesmerizing, but also had a very comedic sense which he brought to the table (literally). His lines delivered to Clifford are priceless--humour done with a slight smirk. His power over the 3 girls is also intoxicating. They will do anything for him, including singing an eerie song in unison when he recites lines from Shakespeare. Had any other actor played this part it just would not have worked.

Eventually things become more and more confusing and horrific for the couple. Much has been said on the dream sequence and I personally don't buy it. Other films offer more confusing dream sequences (Nightmare on Elm Street for example) but no one seemed to ever complain about those. For me, the dream sequence adds to the overall mind game the Reverend is able to play. In fact, the Reverend has one more thing up his sleeve. He is going to make Gloria the 4th Cannibal Girl and he is going to get her to murder her own partner in the process. How does the Rev get her to do this and how does Gloria finish Clifford off? Watch the movie to find out. The girls will live forever on human flesh and its implied that the townsfolk of Farnhamville will too. Soon Gloria will be dining with her new family. The family table is covered in Clifford's flesh and organs- her initial moral judgment against such acts are overcome as she partakes at the feast.

Lastly, May Jarvis is seen back at her hotel where she welcomes a new couple with the same story she told Clifford and Gloria, confirming the assumption that the whole town is in on the Reverend's scheme.

Ps- I was quite upset at the cover art on the DVD. The Reverend and all three girls looked nothing like those pictured. The Reverend on the cover doesn't even suit the part
July 12, 2016
The film is not as particularly gory as you would expect from the title but Eugene Levy in one his earliest roles and the final dinner table scene makes up for it.
October 1, 2014
This dragged, hampered even further by the stumbling, ad-libbed dialogue. I was halfway into the movie before I even recognized Eugene Levy!
April 26, 2014
A lovely Canadian piece of cinematic history. Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin get stuck in Richmond Hill and end up at a restaurant that has 3 cannibal women and a very mysterious owner.

Oh this is classic. Hammy dialog, weird characters and a cool Eugene Levy's afro and mustache (words can hardly describe that).

Immensely enjoyable. Take a bite out of this one...
March 21, 2014
This is often mischaracterized as a horror comedy, largely because it stars Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin and was directed by Ivan Reitman. It's really not. It's a straightforward horror film that has the extremely slow and meandering pace of most Canadian horror films of this period. I really like it, but I could see why someone wouldn't. It takes its time getting to where it's going, and where it's going is a little underwhelming when it finally gets there.
March 10, 2014
It's just not an awfully interesting movie to watch, since too little interesting is ever happening in it. It's not even interesting as a study of an early Ivan Reitman movie. There is really no reason why you should ever watch this bad '70's flick.
February 19, 2014
This is Ivan Reitman's 3rd film (no the first two were NOT the Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 movies) features yes, Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin winding up in a weird town where the legend of 3 Cannibal girls are shacked up in a hotel on the edge of town. But that's all myth right? There's noone at the hotel now! Let's go! Lots of dark humor here, (Eugene Levy, of course, gets all the best lines), and a lot of surprising gore. Not for everyone, especially those expecting a typical Ivan Reitman film.
½ August 13, 2013
Drop your standards and enjoy, it's 1973, man--70s Drive-In Movie Classic!!
January 7, 2013
Before Ivan Reitman dived into comedies he did this Canadian exploitation number. It is weird to see young Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin pre-SCTV. While not incredibly scary or bloody this resembles a continuation of a Herschell Gordon Lewis movie
½ May 22, 2012
Recommended only for the horror fan who is willing to see ANYTHING in the genre and uber-fans of Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters fame). Nothing special, but somehow unique in its uneasy genre of horror/comedy. No one took this thing seriously, it shows, but it is not a total failure...just an interesting one.
March 29, 2012
A case of Canadian wry
February 2, 2012
Very good gore. With some sexy cannibal chicks.
November 9, 2011
Small, peaceful town has some really scary parts. In a local restaraunt three cannibal girls have their orgy of violence, blood and fresh human flesh under a command of a mysterious reverend, who hypnotizes everybody coming near offering them dinner first. Nice exploitation flick!
August 19, 2011
Every time the bell angel gets its wings.
May 13, 2011
American international presents the less goriest and less scary comedy because that's what it is a comedy. not enough horror and not enough shock but it does have three sexy cannibal bitches which we're going to look at right now. the story involves a couple on a honeymoon that discovers a fancy but weird resteraunt run with 3 young sexy women that work there and fancy them for tomorows menu. don't get to shocked when it comes to gory parts, the bell will ring telling you to close your eyes so you'll not witness not too many gore scenes and the doorbell can tell you to look now that it's safe.
May 3, 2011
A solid hour of dull filler with little of the Martin/Levy comic chemistry, and not much to entertain after. Ulrich shows up for a mildly entertaining dinner interlude, followed by another twenty minutes of our duo killing time with sub-SCTV romantic goofs. Mainly of interest for fans of the primaries and Reitman, given appropriate expectations.
April 25, 2011
Now that's some good Canadian cheese right there. A bloody creeper with some great Canadian actors makes Cannibal Girls appealing. Not good, but appealing.

A couple's car breaks down and they take it to a shop in a little tiny town. But this town has a little story, a legend about 3 very hot woman who run and live in a local hotel, invite men in, murder them, and eat them. But it's merely a tourist attraction. Or is it? There's something strange about this town that raises the question: Do the Cannibal Girls exist? It's a simple story that's no more than a shocker. The story is way under developed and there's just some things that don't make sence. But there's good cheese horror in here, and moments that will catch your eye fast that are pretty creepy, but overall slow and underdeveloped.

Directed by Ivan Reitman, there's some nice cheesy horror effects with the camera, but the pacing is a bit off. There's not a awful lot of horror in this movie, and when it happens it's barely horrifying. This movie isn't even that graphic. There's blood, but it leaves it all mostly tot he imagination. In some cases that's good, but this movie is definitely not serious enough to capture that effect. Some bad sound mixing and editing make this movie even more cheesy, and not in a good way. There's just some moments that are just bad. Just bad.

A young and hot Andrea Martin and a freaky, hippie looking Eugene Levy make this movie appealing. Cannibal Girls is cheesy fun to watch, but it just doesn't work on so many levels. The story is flat and doesn't make sence with plenty of plot left unexplained. But it's Canadian, so it's worth a look.
February 26, 2011
Before Ivan Reitman dived into comedies he did this Canadian exploitation number. It is weird to see young Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin pre-SCTV. While not incredibly scary or bloody this resembles a continuation of a Hershell Gordon Lewis movie
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