Welcome to the Jungle! Let’s see, this great cannibal movie is directed by the godfather of the genre himself, Ruggero Deodato. Oil hunter Robert (Massimo Foschi) and his companion Rolf (Ivan Rassimov) fly deep into the Philippine rain forest to find their crew who have set up a camp in the jungle. But the crew have been eaten by cannibals! Rolf eventually disappears without a trace, and the other members of the expedition are killed one by one. Robert ends up all alone in the jungle, surrounded by trees, snakes and poisonous plants. He is eventually captured by a tribe of dirty natives in tiny loincloths who believe that Robert can fly, and they decide to take him to their camp to play with his penis.
Robert is stripped naked, urinated on, tortured and thrown into a dungeon where he must fight a large bird. Robert manages to escape, and he takes a local, hot chick with breast implants (played by cult babe Me Me Lai) hostage, so she can bring him back to his plane. There’s just one problem; They have to walk through the cannibal’s territory to get there. Jungle Holocaust was originally meant to be a sequel to Man From Deep River – the film that started the genre. But that project fell through. Still, the concept is apparent because many of the same actors star in both films. Jungle Holocaust is not as shocking as most other cannibal films, and the violence pales in comparison to nasties like Cannibal Ferox and Eaten Alive. But the violence is secondary here. The film focuses more on Robert’s adventure than gore, and asks ‘Can this modern man survive in a Stone Age world?’
It’s the first part of Ruggero Deodato’s Cannibal Trilogy, followed by Cannibal Holocaust and Cut And Run. The director shoots the jungle in a realistic and often claustrophobic way with impressive camera work. The only negative thing I can think of here are the real animal killings. Don’t like that stuff. However, it does add an extra layer of realism. If you like this underrated subgenre, you’re probably going to dig this beautifully shot film. It’s sleazy and immoral, but it’s also surprisingly good. It’s not just a violent exploitation film, it’s a cool adventure/jungle flick, it has a gritty realism to it, Me Me Lai is the sexiest native girl in movie history and the film is far better than what you might expect. It’s not as great as Cannibal Holocaust, but it’s close. The gore effects are good for a movie of its time and the film has stunning visuals, a powerful soundtrack and decent acting.
Aka. Last Cannibal World
Release year: 1977
Director: Ruggero Deodato