Cut and Run / Inferno in diretta (1985)

3.0 out of 5

It's Ruggero Deodato and it's the mid 80s. Therefore, there will be a slightly irritating synth soundtrack, full-frontal nudity, regular gore and surprisingly strong female characters.

Proceedings open with a fantastic raid on a jungle drug factory. Perennial exploitationer Michael Berryman leads a band of Cannibal Holocaust refugees and positively revels in the role of a machete-swinging native. The rest of the cast, including Karen Black, Leonard Mann, Gabriele Tinti and Lisa Blount are all recognizable to genre fans, as is the plot, which is basically an amalgamation of Cannibal Holocaust, Eaten Alive! and Apocalypse Now.

Cut and Run comes across as a reaction to the outrage that stemmed from Cannibal Holocaust. The violent scenes are low key, and the Third world setting is almost an afterthought. Indeed, if the location was moved to New York, for example, then the film would work equally well as a regular murder mystery.

Special mention must be made to the appearance of TV movie regular Eric La Salle as a supremely unconvincing Huggy Bear-type and the TV stations strange ability to obtain live signals from the depths of the rainforest, where, don't forget, life is CHEAP.

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