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Film / Cannibal Ferox

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Cannibal Ferox, also known as Make Them Die Slowly and Woman from Deep River is a 1981 exploitation horror film directed by Umberto Lenzi.

From beginning to end, it's a watered-down rip-off of Cannibal Holocaust.

Three college kids, Gloria (Lorraine De Selle), Rudy (Danilo Mattei) and Pat (Zora Kerova), out to write a thesis that cannibalism no longer exists head to South America. Once there, they encounter a pair of drug dealers, Mike (Giovanni Lombardo Radice) and Joe (Walter Lucchini) who claim to be fleeing from a Cannibal Tribe that attacked them. Continuing on until they reach the tribe for some reason, they find the village deserted except for a few members lurking around the fringes. It seems Mike lied; he had actually been forcing the tribe to gather coca and mine for emeralds, and had killed one of them for his own sadistic amusement, prompting the attack. When he kills another one, the tribe decides there shall be no more and goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the dealers and kiddies. Gorn ensues.

No 70s/80s grindhouse Cannibal Film would be complete without some genuine animal killings; here a rodent is eaten by an anaconda, a monkey is eaten by a leopard, a boar is stabbed, a turtle is dismembered, and an alligator is sliced open. Also; the film's principal marketing point was that it had allegedly been banned in 31 countries. However, a complete list of the countries it was banned in has never been given, and many of the countries it was once banned in have now lifted the ban.

This film provides examples of:

  • Asshole Victim: Mike, ooh boy Mike. An Ax-Crazy Sadist who likes nothing more than torturing, mutilating and killing natives to the point of provoking the natives to go after them in the first place and repeatedly leaves his partner to die, it's safe to say that he isn't missed.
  • Big Bad: Mike Logan, the sadist whose torment of the tribe causes all the chaos.
  • Cannibal Film: It's in the title. The film revolves around the tribe slowly torturing the protagonists and then eating them.
  • Captured by Cannibals: The protagonists are captured by a tribe of man-eaters after one too many murders.
  • Dirty Coward: Mike ends up leaving the rest of the party to die so they don't hinder his escape.
  • Eye Scream: Mike gouges one of the native's eyes out with his machete.
  • Fan Disservice: Seeing men get castrated or women having hooks stuck through the bottom of their breasts so the ends stick through the tops just isn't pleasant at any speed.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Come on people; just look at the poster above. And the title. And the fact that it's banned in 31 countries. And the fact that it starts out with the kids oh-so-assured that cannibalism no longer exists. Just what do you think is going to happen in it?
  • Gratuitous Latin: The word "ferox" in the title means "cruel" or "ferocious" in Latin.
  • Video Nasties: Much like its predecessor, this film was banned in Britain as a Video Nasty.