Land of Death / Nella terra dei cannibali (2003)

2.5 out of 5

A Brazilian flag flutters over a straw hut so that viewers may forget for a moment that this is actually shot on video in the Philippines and not in the green inferno of Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust.

A cliche spouting group of soldiers re-enact, almost scene for scene, Deodato's cannibal classic without resort to either the cinéma vérité style or the po-faced indignation at the horrors of modern man but instead serve up what could easily be, real animal cruelty aside, mistaken for a parody.

The Filipino "Amazonian" extras while unconvincing as Brazilians seemingly have hell of a fun time hamming up to the ridiculous material, screaming arghh a lot and delivering without a hint of seriousness the ooga booga style dialogue.

The fun, or indeed any enjoyment, that can fully be gleaned from the material is unfortunately overshadowed by a graphic onscreen slaughter of a pig that is both unsettling and unnecessary in an attempt to replicate the equally nauseating coatimundi shanking from Cannibal Holocaust. Such a moment aside director Bruno Mattei may well have accidentally struck exploitation or possibly comedy gold here in a Massacre In Dinosaur Valley meets Strike Commando kind of way.

Despite being occasionally titled Cannibal Holocaust 3 this film was followed by Cannibal Holocaust 2.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics