Jungle Holocaust (Ultimo mondo cannibale) (Cannibal) (Carnivorous) (Last Cannibal World) Reviews
There were a few let downs though.. Robert uses the native woman to help him escape. Then he rapes her (for no reason) then she decides to help him?!? Then she gets killed by the tribe (in a really great scene at the bbq pit) because she helped him, when she didn't have any choice?
The next flaw is the perfectly manicured lawn that is the runway. In the middle of a cannibal infested jungle...yeah sure.
And lastly...all of the native woman were perfectly manicured and had finely shaped eyebrows, and no armpit hair.
Too bad there's several instances of animal cruelty (an unforgivable staple of these Italian cannibal flicks) that stops the picture cold when they crop up in sloppily inserted, almost entirely out of context form. The gutting of a live alligator is truly stomach turning.
Me Me Lai walking around naked for the majority of the movie however, is not.
Jungle Holocaust "plot" is about an oil prospector who must escapes from a primitive cannibal tribe in the Philippine rain forest and heads out to locate his missing companion and their plane to return home. I use the term "plot" here very loosely because most of the time we just see a man being being held captive in a cave without any dialogue. A monologue would have been nice to get into the psyche of our character, but that opportunity is wasted. Nothing really significant happens when the main character is captured other than he takes a woman with him. Once the main character escapes the plot starts getting more interesting as it become more like a survival movie, but still suffers other issues. Mostly from the poor written. One scene in particular has our main character kidnapping a native women, tying her up like a dog, and then raping the native women without much a thought of guilt. The writers lack of knowledge of the real world is present here as the native women now follows the main character even gathering food for him and being his guide in the jungle despite the fact that our main character kidnapped her and raped her. At times the movie get be exciting because you do want the main character to live after everything he went through, but there is just enough material to sustain your interest throughout.
Since this is my third cannibal I will say that I'm very happy there was not a single castration. Though could have done without the massive amount nudity from it dozen natives. While I'm discussing the natives, I would like to point out there was an unintentionally funny scene where the natives play around with the main character privates after ripping off his clothes. Guess it was the first time the native in cannibal saw a white men genitals. Also, could have done without the native pissing on prisoner scene. The acting was solid and the music though forgettable did fit with the film tone. Now cannibal movie would be complete without actual animals being killed on screen. Let me tell you one thing, watching the dissection of a crocodile is not easy. Mostly because even when the crocodile is completely skinned and with all his organs out his body the director shows us the crocodile heart still beating. No actual animal should be killed for any reason, especially your film has a weak reason for it like this one. I will say though that the director does deliver on atmosphere for even feel we are trapped like in this jungle. Unfortunately a good atmosphere is pretty useless when almost everything else is poorly made.
Jungle Holocaust is a prime example of a cannibal film offering nothing else but the slaughtering of animals. There a reason why the cannibal genre isn't around anymore; they told story very poorly, bad acting, no solid reason to justify the violence, and obviously these movies are boring to sit through even with it graphic contents.
Only saw this dubbed, re-edited, 88 minute VHS copy and re-titled to be called "Cannibal" instead of "Jungle Holocaust", which I assume this version only centers mostly on the characters than other gruesome scenes the cannibals practice, since I've read about scenes I don't remember seeing such as a slaughter of a crocodile etc... Anyways, the movie has no story but states the situation and is supposedly based on fact focusing on four people who somehow accidently crash land onto an open grass field, only to discover that's it's inhabited by man eating cannibals with their attemptions to escape.
Although, I read they're supposed to be more graphic scenes than the copy I saw, I still thought the gruesome scenes still looked realistic, unbeknowist that the director who directed this version by the name of Reggero Deodati was the same guy who directed the infamous and controverial "Cannibal Holocaust".
2.5 out of 4