Cannibal ferox (1981)

2.5 out of 5

Cannibal Ferox is one of the most well-known and infamous exploitation films to have emerged from Italy, and it has a story that was typical to its particular sub-genre of Jungle Cannibal films in that a group of city folk travel into the depths of the Amazon for one reason or another and are met with a rude awakening when they encounter a tribe of vicious cannibals. The major flaw of Cannibal Ferox is that it shares too many similarities with its most well-known counterpart, Cannibal Holocaust.

Somewhere underneath its originality lies a decent movie done by a good film-maker, but unfortunately all of the positive aspects of the film are obscured by the fact that it's a blatant cash-in. Aside from the attention-grabbing violence and scenes of real animal cruelty that rivals anything in Cannibal Holocaust, this film doesn't have anything to offer that other films of its ilk haven't already done, and done much better.

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