Movie: The Mountain of the Cannibal God

Movie: The Mountain of the Cannibal God

For those who like films that have everything, try this 1978 Italian production (in English). It has a campy story with lame acting, nudity, graphic wildlife shots including a giant boa eating a monkey, fairly graphic sex scenes, torture and cannibalism, a very graphic scene of a female native masterbating, and oh yes, the DVD uncut version has a scene of a native having sex with a pig. The DVD cover (Uncut version) called this movie a "notorious shocker" and I can accept that description. The movie was banned in Germany, and heavily cut everywhere else. In the USA, it was released with an R rating and 17 minutes of film removed.

The story tells of a sister and brother on an expedition in the jungle of New Guinea to find her missing archeologist husband. As mentioned, it is campy and lame, but the location photography is beautiful, and the wildlife footage, while often gross, is also breathtaking and dramatic. Aged 42 when she made this, Ursula Andress still looked pretty darned good nude, and there are plenty of attractive naked native girls for those who don't like older women.

This is basically a typical gross and shocking Italian exploitation film, but I must admit I found it intesting, as a time capsule to 1978 film making, and another glimpse of how far director Sergio Martino, who also made the shocker Torso, would go.

If you get the DVD, be sure to note the title shot where the movie name is proudly proclaimed to be "THE MOUNTAIN OF OF THE CANNIBAL GOD". Perhaps the guy that did the English title had a little problem......with English. :-)

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