Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cannibal Ferox (1981)

Cannibal Ferox a.k.a. Make Them Die Slowly is one of the most infamous titles in the Cannibal Genre and rightfully so. It came out one year after Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust and holds back on the moralistic story. Instead Umberto Lenzi gives us a pure exploitation gore-fest. This one has two castration scenes, followed by genital cannibalism. It has half a decapitation, followed by brain-eating. Its got gut ripping, gut munching. A nice knife to the eyeball scene, Machete to the arm. Spiked booby traps that are only found in cannibal flicks, flesh eating piranha, a anaconda v.s. some sort of muskrat type animal, tigers eating monkeys, gratuitous use of the word twat, gratuitous grub eating, a whole bunch of nasty decaying bodies, etc. but for me the real money shot is a scene where a girl gets a hook through each breast and then is strung up and left to die. This one is similar to Cannibal Holocaust in the sense that white men are the true villain in the movie and the natives are just protecting themselves but the message isn't drilled into your head like in Holocaust. Some argue that Ferox is better for this reason but I disagree. For me Cannibal Holocaust is the king of all the Cannibal films and then Last Cannibal World is a close second. Ferox is probably right after those for me. Ferox works perfectly for what it is but it fails to get any kind of emotion from the audience other then weather or not we should use our vomit bag. For me Holocaust is slightly more realistic and it also gets more emotion out of the audience. The argument can go on and on. Both films are amazing and needs to be seen by every gore-hound at some point. Robert Kerman is in this one, this time as a cop. The movie also stars John Morgan as a drug abusing psychopath with a lust for blood. So if you're into gory movies and you like cannibals you should order a rack of ribs from the nearest Chinese restaurant, pig out and enjoy Cannibal Ferox.

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