Eaten Alive! / Mangiati vivi! (1980)

1.5 out of 5

Electric Blue 17 and 18 star Richard Bolla leads in this Jonestown inspired rehash of footage from Deep River Savages that again fails to utilize the effective cinéma vérité technique but instead, with overdressed interiors, tight scripting and unnatural lighting makes something a little unconvincing that is in no way aided by slipping hairpieces and ineptly realised gore effects courtesy of Paolo Ricci.

Typecast former Au Pair Girls star Me Me Lai returns and appears alongside sexy footage of herself from eight years prior and Ivan Rassimov has clearly spent the intervening year in the company of Grecian 2000 with the results that the two lovebirds of Man From Deep River no longer seem to know each other.

Rehashed animal killing footage remains difficult to watch but some, such as a fight between a snake and mongoose, is more fascinating than repelling. Indeed it has to be noted in favour of Eaten Alive! that pretty much all the travelogue and nature documentary style footage in this Umberto Lenzi directed jungle hokum is a real joy. The outcome is a green inferno film that is more likely to attract tourists to the region than signal would be visitors to beware.

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