Eaten Alive (1980) from
|Eaten Alive (1980) AKA Mangiati vivi, is
a cannibal horror film from Umberto Lenzi. It has many of the elements
of the genre, including cannibalism, eating and slaughtering animals, a
jungle version of wild kingdom, and lots of bare breasts. This one is
unique however. Normally, there is some plot (more of a pretext really)
to get people in amongst the cannibals, then the story centers around
the cannibals. In this film, the cannibals are more of a sub-plot, or
possibly the exploitation element to sell the film. The real story is a
Jonestown clone. An American heiress goes to the jungle to find her
sister who went to form a purification city with a cult leader. Not all
of the cult members are happy there, as some realize the leader is a
fake and a perv, but the city is surrounded by cannibals. That, plus the
guards employed by the leader keeps most of them in line.
- Agren shows breasts after being painted
gold as part of a purification ceremony.
- Senatore shows breasts frequently, and has
a full frontal near the end of the film.
- Me Me Lai (Au Pair Girls) does an extended
sex scene with full frontal. Her husband has committed
suicide. After his cremation, she has public sex with both of
his brothers to purify and cleanse her of the marriage. (Hey,
I will believe anything as long as it yields naked women).
|DVD not available
in Region 1
Along the way, Janet Agren, the rescuing sister, hires
Vietnam deserter Robert Kerman as a guide. They succeed in finding
sister Paola Senatore, but escaping proves to be the real challenge.
As near as I can tell, it can only be purchased on Region 2 DVD in the
UK, although it had a Laser Disk release in the US.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description, this
film is a C+. I found the plot a little
more engaging than the usual cannibal film.
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