the Cannibal God (1978)
In fact, the movie is little more than an amorphous sequence of titillating or gruesome happenings. Through much of Slave of the Cannibal God's duration, the characters wander around the jungle meeting with the odd danger or thrill. The viewer is given the chance to see attacks by masked savages, the sacrifice of a lizard to ward off evil spirits, a crocodile attack, the pitiful strangulation of a monkey by a python, one man's amorous encounter with a naked native girl, and her killing before their relationship is consummated. While none of these occurrences is particularly engaging, they are rarely boring.
Unfortunately, they fail to lead up to much. The film's final act is actually fairly tame, even though it revolves around the capture of the explorers by a tribe of cannibals, their frightening experiences with that tribe, and their attempts to escape. Throughout these developments, the director does, admittedly, reveal some strange and often grisly incidents, including a prisoner being assaulted by a midget, the emasculation of a tribesman who attempts to rape Susan, a weird ritual involving the eating of snakes writhing in a tub of dirty water, the painting of Susan with fluids from her husband's rotting corpse, which is being worshipped as a deity by the barbarians, and other such nasties. The events portrayed are unpleasant, but, nonetheless, they are never truly horrific. Like almost every other part of the movie, its conclusion can be amusing, but it is not impressive.
There is not that much that can be said about Slave of the Cannibal God. On the whole, it is reasonably entertaining in its way. It is just never more than lowbrow fun.
Review by Keith Allen
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