The movie Cannibal Ferox (1981) is an Italian exploitation horror film directed by Umberto Lenzi. The story follows three friends, Gloria, Rudy, and Pat, who venture into the Amazon rainforest to disprove the existence of cannibalism. Their journey takes a dark turn when they encounter Mike and Joe, two men on the run who have tortured and enslaved a cannibal tribe in search of emeralds.
The movie Cannibal Ferox (1981) explores the themes of violence, greed, and the clash between civilization and primal instincts. As Gloria, Rudy, and Pat find themselves caught in a web of violence and brutality, they witness firsthand the horrors of the cannibal tribe and the lengths to which Mike and Joe will go to satisfy their greed.
The movie Cannibal Ferox (1981) is often compared to Ruggero Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust, another infamous Italian exploitation film of the same era.
- Giovanni Lombardo Radice as Mike Logan
- Lorraine De Selle as Gloria Davis
- Robert Kerman as Rudy
- Danilo Mattei as Pat
- Zora Kerova as Sheila
- Cannibal Ferox (1981) is also known by its English title, Make Them Die Slowly.
- The film faced controversy and censorship due to its explicit violence and animal cruelty, which included the killing of real animals on screen.
- Cannibal Ferox (1981) is often considered one of the “video nasties,” a list of banned or heavily censored films in the United Kingdom during the 1980s.