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    Seems like this thread has run its course but there's one more flick I've yet to review in this thread. After this, there's still Bruno Mattei's Land of Death and Jess Franco's Cannibals which I've been unable to get my hands on.

    Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals:

    Perhaps the only successful fusion of Porno and Horror or Porno and any other genre. Only other films I can think of that were succesful fusions but not necessarily with Horror are Cafe Flesh and Roger Watkins' Corruption. Hardgore doesn't really succeed like this film and works because it's so unbelievably fucked up in it's execution.

    This is also my 2nd favorite of the D'amato Emanuelle pictures. The other one -my personal favorite- being Emanuelle in America. Not a big fan of the other D'amato Emanuelle films but they have their charms for sure, but these two have a really interesting central story that feels complete compared to the others. Though wasn't it Emanuelle Around the World that ended with a woman having a snake shoved up her cunt? I forget.

    Plot is the same as Zombi Holocaust minus the zombies and mad doctor subplot, and with added softcore and the divine Laura Gemser. Seriously, it's the same exact film, but it predates Zombi Holocaust. Production Manager Fabrizio De Angelis recently breaking away from D'amato became a producer on his own and found international success with Fulci's masterpiece Zombie. So in true Roger Corman fashion he decided to combine elements of this film and Fulci's and threw in a little bit of mad doctor mayhem.

    Funny thing is that both films work if you're in the right mindset. Emanuelle in the Last Cannibals is not particularly well shot aside from the stylish softcore scenes but the gore is up there with the other cannibal pictures, featuring not one, not two, but three scenes of genital mutiliation. Including some nipple feasting that predates Burial Ground but not with as much build up. The acting is well, yeah, let's sidestep that. But the music is perfect porno music by the great Nico Fidenco and -surprise surprise- was largely re-used in Zombi Holocaust. Though, I prefer Zombi Holocaust's version of Make Love on the Wing more.

    An essential part of the Eyetalian Cannibal Hierarchy and for shits 'n giggles here's my top 5 Cannibal movies:

    1: Cannibal Holocaust. There's no debate. I can't even review it because it's not only the mother of all cannibal films, it's the Citizen Kane. One of the greatest Horror/Exploitation films ever made. There is no comparison.

    2: Mountain of the Cannibal God. As a legit film it's better than Ferox and has some genuinely good acting and build up. Not to mention some fun Eurotrash moments on top of that.

    3: Cannibal Ferox. The perfect pulp goofy sleazy OTT violent cannibal film. When you imagine a typical exploitation cannibal flick this is the kind of picture you would expect.

    4: Massacre in Dinosaur Valley. Another one owing more to pulp comic book tropes and being a great guilty pleasure.

    5: Anthropophagus. Cannibal/Slasher picture, maybe the only Cannibal/Slasher but I can't neglect it due to just how well made it is. It's probably one of D'amato's best films from a cinematography perspective. And the payoff is great for a slasher picture. It would be in my top 5 for Slasher films as well.
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    Emmanuelle And The Last Cannibals might actually be my favorite of the Black Emmanuelle movies simply because it's so... wacky. I mean, a smoking monkey? WTF?
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    Emanuelle in America is my personal favorite. I still enjoy the hell out of Last Cannibals but America is so beautifully fucked up in a way that I can talk about it and dissect it for hours. First and foremost who was the audience for America? The only thing I can think of is that D'amato threw in a controversial element that could be easily edited out of the film for select markets. But it's so much more fun to think of it as an art porno picture exploring humanity's dark side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex K. View Post
    Emanuelle in America is my personal favorite. I still enjoy the hell out of Last Cannibals but America is so beautifully fucked up in a way that I can talk about it and dissect it for hours. First and foremost who was the audience for America? The only thing I can think of is that D'amato threw in a controversial element that could be easily edited out of the film for select markets. But it's so much more fun to think of it as an art porno picture exploring humanity's dark side.
    It's probably a bit of both. I haven't watched it in years so it's not all that fresh in my mind but I remember it, for the most part, being beautifully shot like most of his stuff, but yeah, the whole 'dark angle' that it takes (intentionally avoiding spoilers here just in case) definitely comes out of left field and you do have to question why he chose to do this and for whom he intended it.
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    You know, I'm re-watching Mattei's Cannibal World again. I noticed this time that a major character is dubbed by the guy who dubbed the gay professor from Pieces, the professor who re-awakens the zombie plague in Zombi 4, and probably a dozen other Italo genre films. He dubs two characters. Including a brief scene with a priest, and they try to hide the fact that it's the same guy providing the dubbing by having him do a really bad French accent.
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    Ha, that sounds awesome. I don't think I've seen Cannibal World. I know I have it, but I don't think I've watched it. Cannibal Holocaust The Beginning was bad enough...
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    Cannibal World was released as Cannibal Holocaust: The Beginning though. Land of Death is the other one where he rips off Predator and CH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex K. View Post
    Cannibal World was released as Cannibal Holocaust: The Beginning though. Land of Death is the other one where he rips off Predator and CH.
    Well then I have seen it and don't remember much about it obviously. I know I haven't seen the Predator rip off though...
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    Jess Franco's Devil Hunter:

    The other cannibal flick by everyone's favorite perverted hack Jess Franco. Surprisingly, this is better than White Cannibal Queen. The location actually looks like a jungle, the natives are not wearing watches, not to mention they actually look like natives as opposed to Europeans in face paint, the music is decent to good, the dubbing is decent, and the nudity is infinitely more agreeable.

    But like White Cannibal Queen the pacing is abominably slow and Franco poured a ton of Vaseline on the lens while filming. The story is less comprehensible than the other film and it features far fewer scenes of cannibalism. But it is exploitative and trashy enough to get some enjoyment, moreso if watching with friends who are good at riffing.

    Definitely better than White Cannibal Queen by not by much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jane View Post
    It was the Grindhouse Ferox disc that popped my Italian cannibal movie cherry as well.
    Me too. I want to say this was also the first exploitation dvd I purchased, though I'd seen plenty in the VHS days. And my first encounter with a boutique dvd label, the presentation of this sleazy gory classic sent me searching for more. At the time it filled all my needs, I didn't think that I really needed to own or see any more cannibal films. But I did, and slowly over the years I acquired damn near most of them. There is something about FEROX that puts it above all others save CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, but that movie isn't very fun and a little too self important, IMO. My personal High water mark for the genre is JUNGLE HOLOCAUST, a genuinely good movie with enough to genre trappings to fill both needs. Story and acting wise it's head and shoulders above CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST but I understand why that movie is revered. I just don't entirely agree with the praise.

    For straight fun I watch MASSACRE IN DINOSAUR VALLEY the most. Along with CUT AND RUN. They're both easier to watch, almost breezy fun.

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