Jungle Holocaust (1977) from Tuna

Jungle Holocaust (1977), also known as Ultimo mondo cannibale, Cannibal, Carnivorous, The Last Cannibal World, and The Last Survivor, is Ruggero Deodato's "best" film on the subject. It is supposedly based on a true story of an oil exploration team that was captured by stone age tribesmen on Mindanao. Two escape, taking a female hostage (Me Me Lai) with them. You might remember Me Me from The Au Pair Girls last month.


Me Me Lai was naked throughout much of the movie
This is probably the Gone With The Wind of cannibal films, and includes several scenes of cannibalism, including a very graphic BBQ at the end of the film. Those with squeamish stomachs should avoid it.

The acting was strong, and the jungle setting was lush. There were also many shots of jungle critters, and the film managed some suspense. While cannibal films are not my favorite genre, this film was watchable, partly because of the Unrated Wide Screen transfer.

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The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDB readers say 6.9/10


IMDb 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 is.

My own 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 will appeal to horror and gore fans, but is probably a little too raw for mainstream tastes, so C+.

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