Comment An 'uncut' version of this very brutal movie. Very gorey and probably too much for a lot of people, this is a video nasty by name and nature. Whilst the cut status is difficult to deterimine this is pretty much the most 'uncut' version floating around and is a good quality rip
Directed by Ruggero Deodato
Written by Gianfranco Clerici, Giorgio Stegani
Cinematography by Sergio D'Offizi
Edited by Vincenzo Tomassi
Music by Riz Ortolani
Cast Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Gabriel Yorke, etc.
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In 1979 four documentary filmmakers set out to expose and shoot a film based upon ethnic cannibal tribes in the heart of the South American jungles. After their leave of absence grows impatiently longer than expected the university of New York, for whom they were shooting the documentary, begins to worry. Following a liberating debate, Professor Harold Monroe (Robert Kerman) the Dean of Anthropology, is sent to acquire any information regarding the where abouts of Alan Yates, Faye Daniels, Jack Anders, and Mark Tomaso (Gabriel Yorke, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, and Luca Barbareschi). His expedition sees him arriving at a small encampment outside the Amazon and forming an alliance with Chaco (Ricardo Fuentes) who will help him not only retrieve the information he is seeking but also manage to get out alive with his limbs intact.
Deep in the heart of the green inferno exist three cultural tribes carrying the characteristics the documentary crew is looking for. The Yacumos, who don’t take part in cannibalism, are a spiritual tribe with strong warriors whose only fear is the Yanomamos. No white man has ever seen the Yanomamos , or the ones who have, never live to tell about it. They’re a fierce tribe often referred to as the “tree people” getting their name from the villages constructed of “shabonos” (small individual houses connected together). They travel on foot as opposed to river and are historically a tribe of “endocannibals” (which means that they eat their own people). This rare form of cannibalism is thought to be the way for the deceased's soul to enter the body of their living descendants, thus providing spiritual and physical strength to combat the evils of the jungle. The act of cannibalism may seem shocking to most Westerners, however many Catholics on a weekly or daily basis practice a form of cannibalism called “theophagy”. The Communion (the symbolic eating of the body and blood of Christ) may seem like a natural ritual to us, but may make little sense to the Yanomamo. They prefer the real thing.
Anyone discerned as being "other" than the tribe, is considered to be subhuman. The laws and ethics that may keep a village from succumbing to warfare within its own walls, thereby do not apply to anyone perceived as being subhuman. In other words, war is hell and the Yanomamo will do anything including kidnapping, raping, killing and abusing people from opposing tribes. Lastly is the Shamatari tribe who often find themselves at war with the Yanomamo. Nick-named “the swamp people” or “river tribe,” the Shamatari take these titles because of their love of living close to the water's edge of the River of Parakeets. It’s not long before the professor and his crew come upon the tribes and perform acts of obedience and bribery to be accepted as harmless. On their final encounter with the Yanomano, Harold is lucky enough to discover film canisters holding what appears to be the final images of the crew’s documentary.
This isn't a proper of HLS' release. The source of this release
is the limited edition EC Ultra Bit DVD. With a runtime of 91
minutes its the longest known print of this explotation classic.
There are rumors that the long awaited Grindhouse NTSC DVD will
be completly uncut with the often mentioned "piranha scene"
included (even though Deodato has publicly stated that he never
filmed that scene) but Grindhouse is now where to be found. So
kick back and enjoy one of the coolest films ever.
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