Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
Allan W. Steeve
What's it about
Thieves kidnap a little girl and must flee the countryÖto a land with cannibals. Terror cannibals!
Is it good movie?
I canít say they make movies like 1981ís Cannibal Terror anymore. An exploitation flick at its worse. Nudity. Gore. Rape. Bondage. No plot. Horrific acting. A combination of crime and horror with a dash of tribal cannibals stirring up the pot. Actually, the idea is intriguing and nearly sounds workable as it starts with a group of petty thieves who decide on a big score, kidnapping the daughter of a rich businessman. Suddenly, things go sour and they become forced to bail town. Their boss sends them to a land filled with cannibals, who it appears human meat is the top notch stuff as they go nuts at the sight of flesh. What do they eat the rest of the time? None of this makes any sense, but at least Cannibal Terror knows what it is and doesnít attempt to be anything different. No explanation of the cannibals as to why they only seem to attack outsiders is given, but then again, Iíve gone too far. Anything named Cannibal Terror requires minimal analysis, so I had better cut it out.
For euro-trash, itís overall entertaining as long as you realize what youíve got here. A bottom barrel flick that aims to show nudity and drench everyone in blood. Enough hot women run around showing off cleavage to keep the men intrigued. For the women, well, thereís that amble eaten flesh. And who doesnít dig that? The cannibals resemble native rejects from Gilliganís Island with in-style lamb chop sideburns and look like frat boys wearing leftover wigs from an old western. Itís mildly amusing for a moment, but when it comes to eating time, director Allan W. Steeve simply loops the natives dancing around over and over to fill time as they tear into some poor victim. Itís gruesome, yet at the same time, the flesh isnít overly believable. Wouldnít true cannibals still prepare their food and not eat like Romero zombies? Then again, I guess it all adds to the B nature of it all. Cannibal Terror never attempts to be anything more than a bad B movie. It did a great job at that.
If made today, this would never work as CGI would take over and the crispness of digital photography would ruin the film look. Thirty-year-old movies look and feel like cinema no matter if terrible or not. They at least are shot on film. If it at least looks like a film, itís given a little credibility. Well, just a hair.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen presentation
Audio: Presented with the power of Dolby Surround dubbed English
A spicy deleted scene of a dancing naked girl and a theatrical trailer are your bonus features!
Cannibal Terror is crap. But it knows its crap. So if you like crap, this crap's for you. Crap it up.