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La Montagna del Dio Cannibale

The Mountain of the Cannibal God
Slave of the Cannibal God / Prisoner of the Cannibal God / Weisse Göttin der Kannibalen

Italy 1978
produced by
Luciano Martino for Dania Film, Medusa Produzione
directed by Sergio Martino
starring Ursula Andress, Stacy Keach, Claudio Cassinelli, Antonio Marsina, Franco Fantasia, T.M.Munna, Akushla Sellajaah, Lanfranco Spinola, Carlo Longhi, Luigi Rocchi, M.Suki
written by Cesare Frugoni, Sergio Martino, music by Guido De Angelis, Maurizio De Angelis

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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This film was made at the (short) height of the Italian cannibal genre: With Jungle Holocaust by Ruggero Deodato and Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals by Joe D'Amato, two successful genre films have just come out the previous year, and the genre has not yet fallen prey to the sleaze merchants that were responsible for many (hilarious) from only a couple of years later ... which meant that director Sergio Martino could even get two name actors as the leads, even though Ursula Andress - despite still having a great body as one could see in her nude scenes - was definitely past her prime, while Stacy Keach's career has not fully taken off in '78.

In style though, Mountain of the Cannibal God differs significantly from its immediate predecessors: while Jungle Holocaust went straight for violence and gore, and Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals was highlighting the erotic aspects of the genre (granted, there aren't many, but throw in Laura Gemser as that intrepid reporter Emanuelle and there's always a bit of shagging going on), this film is more a traditional adventure yarn, with a storyline that goes pretty much through all the perils of the jungle and saves up the cannibalism mainly to the last third.


But story first:

Susan (Ursula Andress) and her mischievous brother Arthur (Antonia Marsina) are desperate to find her brother Henry, who has gone missing in some particularly savage part of the jungles of New Guinea. So they turn to Henry's friend and jungle guide professor Edward Foster (Stacy Keach), who agrees to take them to what is known as the Mountain of the Cannibal God (now that should be a warning sign), since he has a secret agenda of his own: He was once a prisoner of the cannibal tribe known as the Pukas who was only kept off the menu of the tribe because he saved the chieftain's son. But while there, he was forced to eat human flesh and his life has turned into a nightmare ever since ... so he figured if he killed all the cannibals, his life will turn normal again. Strangely enough Asaro (T.M.Munna), his right hand man, is one of the tribe.

Our little safari group isn't out in the jungle for long when all their carriers are killed by some natives (of course it's the Pukas) and Asaro mysteriously disappears. Then the Pukas even attacks, and it's only thanks to Manolo (Claudio Cassinelli) from the nearby mission that they are saved. At the mission they stay for a few days, but then the Pukas even attack the mission and kill a girl, and Foster's leg is seriously injured by none other than Asaro himself, whom Foster has always treated like a son, but who, once back in his tribe's country, has decided to pledge allegiance to the Pucas again ... ultimately, Foster is forced to shoot him ...

Seeing the misfortune the strangers have brought to the mission, Father Moses (Franco Fantasia) throws them all out, and now Susan and Arthur, the seriously injured Foster and Manolo, whom Susan has persuaded to come along, head straight into Puka country. Soon enough, Foster falls prey to some rapids they have to climb, mainly because Arthur refuses to help him, but once they are at their goal, Manolo has to realize he has been had: Neither Susan nor Arthur really care for Henry's whereabouts, they just care for the Uranium which can be found around here in no short supply. Learning that, Manolo wants to leave them right away, but already too late ... the Pukas have found them, and immediately kill Arthur (for dinner, as it will turn out), and taking the others prisoner. Manolo they tie up to enrich their menu at a later date, but Susan they want to make their goddess. You see, they worship Henry's corpse because they think his constantly ticking Geiger-counter is his undying heart, and they have found a photography of him and Susan ... so she must be goddess, no ? Susan is stripped (yes), drugged (oh well) and forced to eat human flesh - her own brother, no less - (oh no), and she is almost raped too - which eventually leads to one of these disgusting castration scenes -, but ultimately, Manolo can find a way to free himself, then he frees her and in a shake they are out of cannibal country ...


As stated above, the storytelling of Mountain of the Cannibal God is rather traditional, as Sergio Martino is a rather traditional - but at times very effective - director. And as a (violent) jungle adventure, the film is quite ok, if nothing special, and of course, for the cannibal scenes and - even worse, because they are not special effects - the animal killings one has to have the stomach.

The film pales though compared to Martino's earlier, superb giallos (e.g. Torso, Your Vice is a Locked Room and only I have the Key).


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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