Although there have been many certifiable gore classics included amongst Britain’s infamous ‘Video Nasties’ list, some of those original films don’t exactly hold up as frightening, shocking….or even relatively ‘extreme.’
1981’s Cannibal Terror is such a film, a bizarre Euro-Trash entry which practically defines the term within a cornucopia of sleaze, bad special effects and even worse acting. Of course, Cannibal Terror is a EuroCine affair, one of France’s cheapest production companies, specializing in budget genre fare from the 1970s, 80s and beyond.
That being said, the EuroCine oeuvre has its fair share of fans-similar to those of Joe D’Amato’s Italian film group Filmirage, who released a number of similarly budgeted cheapies-with most of Cannibal Terror serving as a righteous hoot of the highest order. The film is credited to director ‘Allan W. Steeve’-otherwise known as French porn director Alain Deruelle-with two other, uncredited directors on assist, while Terror also benefits from an uncredited writing performance from Spanish exploitation legend Jess Franco.
Confused yet? Don’t worry about it, because Cannibal Terror is as awkward as they get, following the exploits of a bumbling team of wanna-be criminals who get in way over their heads in a kidnapping scheme. Of course, our intrepid villains decide to hide out deep in the jungle-in ‘cannibal country,’ ‘natch-upon which copious gut munching will soon occur.
That is…if you can sit long enough. For a film titled Cannibal Terror, there is actually very little in the way of ‘cannibal’ action until fairly late in this 90 minute endurance test of ‘WTF?’ Instead, this ‘video nasty’ plays itself out more like a tepid Eurocrime film-gone Sexploitation jaunt, with more attention being paid to bouncing Euro-butts and boobs than any archaic jungle rituals.
Of course there is a little of that here, as well, featuring a cinematography which borrows very heavily from Jesus Franco’s established zoom-friendly school of soft focus and angles. In fact, Cannibal Terror could quite easily be mistaken for a Franco film, falling in somewhere between Uncle Jess’ Devil Hunter-Jess regular Robert Foster even makes an appearance here-and Cannibals, with a little Jean-Marie Pallardy for good measure.
Severin’s DVD release of Cannibal Terror does more service to the film than it probably deserves, displaying all of the sexy sleaze and atrocious dubbing usually associated with this most excellent brand of trash.Yep, Cannibal Terror sure is a doozy of a movie, utterly deserving of a few pizzas, copious brew and the appreciation of those with a truly fine palette for cheese.
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