The Encyclopedia of Cannibal Movies

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Safari Jane gets naked in the Cannibal Bugaboo jungle

 

SAFARI JANE

Gail Force

A 1995 porn feature starring Sarah-Jane Hamilton as Safari Jane in another spoof of the Tarzan legend. Safari Jane journeys to the jungles of wherever to visit her father, the obligatory scientist/explorer character (and one of the worst actors I've ever seen). She brings with her a husband/wife team of explorers who ostensibly want to investigate the local flora and fauna, but are really interested in hunting diamonds. "There are dangerous cannibals in bugaboo" warns Dad, and advises against the trip, but goes anyway. Not surprisingly, the couple turn out to be bad guys when the diamonds are found, and leave Jane and Pop to be captured by the cannibals. These cannibals don't seem to have much of a clue. Without ever even taking Jane's clothes off (this is a PORN?) they let Tarzan just walk in and take Jane away for some jungle swinging. Dad joins the tribe and the movie is over. The video box is very misleading, both containing an inaccurate plot synopsis and some great photos which never seem to show up in the movie. It's amazing that Gail Force, who was once one of the more creative forces (pardon the pun) in the porn industry (and a pretty darned hot-looking babe herself), could come up with something this bad.

 

SAMHAIN

aka Evil Breed: The Legend of Samhain

Christian Viel, Warehouse Films, 2003

This hard to get movie is only available on video and has never had a theatrical release. My copy looks unfinished, with time code still on the bottom, a partial sound track and several "insert here" panels at various points. This is pretty much a typical stalk and slash horror flick augmented with lots of gore and guts with a little extra sex thrown in from porn starlets Chasey Lane and Ginger Lynn Allen. This is about a group of American archeology students going to Ireland to study Celtic and Druid stone circles. Also living in that area are the mutant inbred remnants if the Sawney Bean clan, the cannibalistic clan of medieval Scotland. They seem to have a particular taste for Americans. There is one roasting scene featurng the torso of Chasey Lane's boyfriend. The women are mostly just killed and hacked to pieces while the men are stripped and chained up. One sexy blonde does get captured and stripped before being cut open and eaten raw. Better than most, yet still somehow unremarkable. Samhain is, of course, the Celtic name for Halloween.

 

SAMOA

Another sexy Italian jungle-girl picture with native tribes and lots of naked girls! The tribe of cannibal headhunters attacks three times but never gets anybody.

 

SATAN'S WHIP

Jason Maran, Brain Damage Films 2008

A truly awful movie, there is little to say about it except that it is, well, truly awful. A brotherhood of priests sends a priest-wannabe-in-training to find another priest who went missing looking for a satanic cult. The last priest that they sent ended up getting eaten and all they had left was his... well... his defecated remains. As it turns out, those are the least crappy thing in this entire movie. The wannabe priest as it turns out is phenomenally stupid and is completely unable to figure out even the most obvious plot developments, but with God's help he finds the missing priest. Father Michael is obviously completely insane, but the stupid wannbe priest cannot figure out that obvious bit of information. The two team up to help out a pregnant woman who's baby is slated to be eaten by her brother, a devil worhipper. The woman is also cared for by her sex-crazed sister who also cares for their senile mother. Who are really the bad guys and who are really the good guys? It all changes so quickly that you won't be able to keep track, but you really won't want to. Babies will get eaten by witches, priests will be murdered or become slaves and then the movie just ends with no real resolution. There is a whip in there somewhere, too. A few bloody naked titties just don't save this pile of garbage.

 

SATISFACTION GUARANTEED

A brief vignette from an episode of the Night Gallery television show. Rotund actor Victor Buono is a hard to please customer of an employment agency. None of the women presented to Victor seem to please him, until he sees the chubby and awkward cleaning lady, Miss Blodgett.

 

THE SAVAGE

Yet another pornographic spoof of the Tarzan legend, featuring bogus jungle scenes, a hunky tarzan, idiotic narrated dialogue and sex scenes that are way too long. A rich man and his young blonde wife go to Africa to search for a missing heir to their family fortune. Their guides plan to rob them and leave them for the cannibals. Eventually the cannibals get everybody except for the blonde who they just leave standing there looking up in the trees. Tarzan swoops down and carries her off for sex. Even the delectable Brittany O'Connell, who has a brief scene as a maid, can't save this turkey.

 

THE SEA DEVILS

J Piquer Simon

Available from Video Search of Miami who bills it as a Jules Verne style story involving a shipwrecked family and a tribe of cannibals. I don't know where they got that idea. It obviously wasn't from watching the movie.

 

THE SEA GOD

George Abbot, Paramount 1930

Richard Arlen rescues Fay Wray from cannibals and pearl theives in this 1930 Pre-Code South Seas adventure.

 

SECRETARY TALES

W.A.V.E. Productions

An odd and pointless video from WAVE Productions, this does offer a fair amount of titillation. Pamela Sutch stars as a secretary whose boss suddenly decides to sell into white slavery in the Middle East. Pam talks him into hiring and selling Barbara Joyce instead, but boss man decides instead to cook Barbara on the usual WAVE bedspring grill and seel Pam anyway as planned. Pam does a rare nude scene, and Barbara looks delicious in the buff, basted and grilled with an apple in her mouth. Silly and not nearly as interesting as Dinner For Two or Deli Hell, this one is a tasty oddity.

 

THE SEVERED ARM

Seems that a bunch of guys get stranded in a cave in and cut off one of their fellows arms to eat before they are rescued. Apparently they didn't get permission first because the one-armed man is out for revenge.

 

Theater projector slide display for Shipwrecked Among Cannibals

 

SHIPWRECKED AMONG THE CANNIBALS

A 1920 silent adventure film from Universal. A great many of the old films, especially the silents, were made on nitrate film stock, which deteriorates over time. For this reason a vast majority of these old films have deteriorated beyond hope of restoration, and all but a few of the more important works are lost forever. This is probably not considered one of the more important works.

 

SHRIEK OF THE MUTILATED

A group of college students and their professor go into the woods to search for Bigfoot. The professor and the guide are really the leaders of a cannibal sect who are only interested in roast coed. Plenty of dumb jokes and ridiculous costumes substitute for the usual blood and gore.

 

S.I.C.K. (Serial Insane Clown Killer)

Bob Willems, Boke Entertainment 2004

A man convinces a cute coworker to join him on a weekend getaway to his cabin in the woods, the site of a massacre by an insane clown many years before. On the way they pick up a hitchiker who may not be what she seems. When members of the party start to disappear who is responsible? Is it the hitchiker? One of the group? Or has the insane cannibalistic killer clown returned? Predictable spaltter horror with a last minute twist that doesn't really make it any more interesting.

 

SILENCE OF THE HAMS

An obvious title for a comedic spoof of Jonathan Demme's Silence of the Lambs, this silly slapstick horror/comedy stars Dom DeLuise as Dr. Animal Cannibal Pizza, a maniacal evil genius pizza chef whose pizzas are made with human body parts. FBI detective Joe Dee Foster needs his help to catch the Homicidal Maniac.

 

SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

Jonathan Demme

What could I possibly write about this film that hasn't already been said, and how often is it that a "cannibal movie" gets the Academy Award for Best Picture. While no actual graphic cannibalism is depicted, the matter of fact way in which Anthony Hopkins says "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti" is far more chilling than the graphic violence of "Cannibal Holocaust," which is merely nauseating.

 

SIN CITY

Robert Rodriquez, Frank Miller 2005

Based on the graphic novels by Frank Miller this film is an homage to classic Film Noir style while retaining the look of Frank Miller's comic book imagery. It features a series of seeminglt unrelated stories that only loosely come tegether at the end. Mostly in black and white with bits of color, the film noir elements are conveyed in the heavy use of shadow, heavy metaphore voiecover, the sultry saxophone soundtrack and the setting in a city where it is always night and almost always rains. In one segment, Elijah Wood (better known as the hobbit Frodo from Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" movies) plays he silent farmboy Kevin. Kevin is a cannibal with a taste for beautiful prostitutes who mounts the heads of his victims on his wall as trophies and eats the rest. This movie is full of stunningly sexy women to excite Kevin's appetite, including Jessica Alba and Carla Guigino, the latter Kevin gets to experience a taste of. An artfully done film, but perahaps a bit too long.

 

THE SKY ABOVE, THE MUD BELOW

A 1950's documentary about an expedition into the New Guinea interior. The film crew visits cannibal and headhunter tribes and films some indigenous flora and fauna. Available on videotape, it's on ny list of films to see, but there are still a few films ahead of it.

 

American release poster for Slave of the Cannibal God

 

SLAVE OF THE CANNIBAL GOD

aka Mountain of the Cannibal God

Sergio Martino

Super Sexy Ursula Andress searches for her missing husband in the jungles of New Guinea where Stacy Keach once lived with the cannibal Puka tribe. Ursula is captured, stripped and painted red. After that, nothing happens. It's interesting to note the similarities to John Derek's "Tarzan the Ape Man" featuring another of John Derek's wives, Bo Derek. In the latter movie, Bo gets captured, stripped and painted white before Tarzan shows up and kills the chief who looks strangely like Ronald McDonald. The longer "Mountain of the Cannibal God" version is a little bit better, but still you have to wonder why the filmmakers of this thing went through so much trouble for something so pointless.

 

SLOANE

This (probably) Filipino made production features the delectable Debra Blee, last seen in "The Beach Girls." It's a standard "girl hires rogue to search for kidnapped sister/friend/roommate lost in the jungle somewhere" action picture. In one brief scene they escape (all too easily) a tribe of stone-age, cave dwelling filipino cannibals. Even with all that, there is little to recommend it, and Debra looked a whole lot better in "The Beach Girls" anyway.

 

SLUMBER PARTY '57

John Ireland Jr.

Cheryl "Rainbeux" Smith and Debra Winger (in one of her first features) head this typical 70's T&A comedy about a group of high school girls at a slumber party telling stories about their "first time." One of the vignette style stories involves the making of a movie called "Torment in Tahiti" in which one of the girls is an actress playing a girl captured and cooked in a pot by a tribe of south pacific cannibals. Worth a look, if for nothing else than to see a younger and chubbier Debra Winger in the nude.

 

SO THIS IS AFRICA

An old Wheeler and Woolsey jungle movie spoof. It does contain most of the genre cliches, but no cannibals.

 

SOCIETY

Brian Yuzna

"Society" refers to the society of the rich, the upper class, the Beverly Hills elite. In this film the members of "society" are not only a different class, they're a different species who prey both figuratively AND literally on the lower classes. Yuzna bites the hand that doesn't feed him in this suspenseful and creepily excellent (as well as virtually bloodless) horror film.

 

SOME MORE OF SAMOA

The Three Stooges go to the island of Rhum Boogie to search for the rare Puckerless Persimmon tree. Standard Cannibal Comedy Cliche is the result.

 

SONG OF THE ISLANDS

Walter Lang, 1942

Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Jack Oakie and Hilo Hattie star in this World War II era romantic comedy. Betty Grable is Eileen O'Brien, daughter of an Irish beachcomber who owns part of the Hawaiian island of Ahmi-Omi. He shares the island with a cattle ranch, and the son of the ranch owner (Victor Mature) and his cowboy sidekick (Jack Oakie) have come to convince O'Brian to sell his interest in the island, where the only deep-water harbor is located. But Victor falls in love with Eileen (Betty Grable in a grass skirt, wouldn't you?) and cocks up his plans. This island is loaded with scrumptious island lovelies, and Jack Oakie takes a shine to the lovely Paulani, only Paulani's cousin Palola (Hilo Hattie) takes a shine to Oakie. Unfortunately for Oakie, Palola's cannibal father has his own ideas about the pudgy cowboy. Full whacky island songs like "The Cockeyed Mayor of Kaunakaikai", "O'Brien has Gone Hawaiian" and "Cannibal Chant" and so many lovely wahinis, it makes you wonder why the cannibal is interested in Jack Oakie.

 

SOUTH SEAS BLOODLETTER

Another grim, sick and mean spirited movie in the tradition of the Italian chunk-blowers. People resort to cannibalism to survive a shipwreck. Eating a baby provides some real taboo smashing. The Indo-Chinese cinema tries to prove they can make 'em just as sick as the Italians.

 

SPIDER BABY

aka Cannibal Orgy, the Liver Eaters,

the Maddest Story Ever Told

According to the RE Search volume "Incredibly Strange Films" this film is one-of-a-kind and I agree entirely. Lon Chaney Jr. stars in his strangest film and even sings the title song which is all about monsters at a cannibal feast. The Merry family have a weird genetic degenerative disorder which makes them go insane at an early age, eventually turning into cannibalistic beasts which have to be kept locked up in a pit in the basement. Lon Chaney Jr. is the butler who takes care of the three homicidal maniac children, one of whom fancies herself to be a black widow spider. Available on videotape from various sources, but you're not likely to find it at the Blockbuster. It's a rare oddity which is definitely worth checking out.

 

STONE AGE WARRIORS

Another indochinese jungle adventure which strives less to be italian. Two pretty chinese girls, one an insurance agent and the other a martial arts champion, go into the New Guinea jungle to look for one of the girls' missing father who has been taken prisoner by a gang of drug runners and a tribe of cannibals.

 

THE STRANGE FILES

Club Dead

A compilation of shorts from earlier Club Dead videos that include several cannibal subjects, including "All Buttered Up" and "BBQ Time" presented with different titles. Stories include human sacrifice, cannibalism and aliens.

 

SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER

Elizabeth Taylor teeters on the brink of madness after witnessing the horrible death of her uncle. Psychotherapy and shock treatment bring her to the terrible recollection of what happened at the movies climax.

 

SURVIVE!

The movie version of Piers Paul Reeds "Alive" about the true story of the soccer team which crashes in the Andes and eats the bodies of those killed in the crash to survive. An unexciting and highly exploitive documentary/dramatization. The recent American made "Alive" is a much better version of this story, concentrating on a survival drama rather than just on the cannibalism.