Seven Red Berets / Sette baschi rossi (1969)

3.0 out of 5

Featuring an anti colonial message and some delightful location work there is also plenty of battle action for the more action oriented Italian war movie enthusiast.

Though this is a combat film concerning mercenaries in Congo there is a strong jungle adventure element that is not dissimilar from the cannibal genre and a number of scenes are not unlike moments in Cannibal Holocaust including, among other similarities, a woman on a stake, the rape of a female member of the ensemble as a village is razed to the ground and an opening aerial shot following a river.

Ivan Rassimov, a man who spent plenty of time in the following decade wandering about jungles in the name of disreputable cinema entertainment, takes the lead role in this feature and to emphasize the cannibal film connection a snake is sacrificed, needlessly, to the altar of authenticity.

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