Actually, they just wanted to fly a payroll to an oildrilling plant on
some godforsaken Filippino island, but once there, Robert (Massimo Foschi)
and Ralph (Ivan Rassimov) find the plant deserted, and themselves on the
run from cannibals who have already eaten their two companions (Sheik
Razak Shikur, Judy Rosly). Eventually, Robert and Ralph try to make good
their getaway on a raft on one of the island's many rivers, but they have
a horrible accident, during which Ralph disappears while Robert can save
himself to the shore ... only to be captured by the cannibals, who
(because of the airplane he came in) mistake him for a birdman and lock
him in with some birds they either eat or use as bait for alligators ...
and it's only a question of time until either will happen to Robert as
Only native girl Pulan (Me Me Lai) it seems shows some sympathy towards
Robert, even if she misinterprets his pleas for food and instead treats
him to a wank.
Eventually, Robert manages to break out of his cell during one of the
natives' food orgies and takes Pulan hostage, forcing her to lead him to
his airplane. But Pulan is a rather reluctant guide, and she runs away at
the first opportunity ... only to be caught again by Robert, who then
rapes her into submission. From then on she behaves like his lover ...
Later, Robert meets Ralph again, who seems to have survived the
accident and the days after rather well, only his knee is hurt badly and
actually already starts to rot ...
Our threesome continues their way to the airplane, with the cannibals
always close behind, but it's only when the landing strip is already in
sight that the cannibals attack, first capturing Pulan, beheading her, rip
her chest open and fill it with hot burning coals. Then they go after
Robert, but when Robert manages to kill one of them, rip his chest open
and eat his fresh heart, they back off a bit, but follow in close
Finally, Robert makes it to the airplane, dragging Ralph along who's
already more dead than alive ... and when the plane actually takes off,
Ralph dies ...
With Umberto Lenzi's Il Paese del Sesso Selvaggio/Deep
River Savages, the Italian cannibal genre was born, but it did
take another five years until it came into full swing with this film,
which again stars Me Me Lai and Ivan Rassimov of Deep
River Savages-fame. Compared to the former film, this one is much
rougher and features way more explicit gore effects as well as the
customary real life animal killings (which at times take quite a stomach).
As a whole, Jungle Holocaust is a pretty macho and very violent
jungle adventure that only shows a very crude travesty of primitive,
savage cultures (rather differently from Ruggero Deodato's genre
masterpiece Cannibal Holocaust from
1980, actually), with the cannibalism thrown in rather for the sake of
sensationalism, one has to suppose. That said however, at the same time
the film can be seen as a tense, suspenseful and reasonably fast-paced
jungle thriller, no masterpiece maybe, but good enough entertainment if -
as I said - you have the stomach for it.