Eaten Alive (1980)

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Genres: Cannibal Film, Horror, Jungle Film
A young woman teams up with an adventurer to find her missing sister in the jungles of New Guinea and they stumble upon a religious cult led by a deranged preacher whom has located his commune in an area inhabited by cannibals. --IMDb
Umberto Lenzi Umberto Lenzi
Robert Kerman Robert Kerman
Janet Agren Janet Agren
Ivan Rassimov Ivan Rassimov
Paola Senatore Paola Senatore
Me Me Lai Me Me Lai

6.0 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Christopher
Added: February 23, 2004
One of the more watered down and story oriented italian cannibal films. Although it still has all the happenings as any other cannibal film. Real animal cruelty, women being raped, naked breasts through out the entire movie, murders, body dismemberment, grungry looking cannibal, and americans tearing ass through a jungle looking for that certain missing someone. It even shares a small portion of the cast who've made appearances in other italian cannibal films. Such as Robert Kerman from Cannibal Holocaust, Janet Argen from Rat Man, Me Me Lai from Jungle Holocaust and Man From Deep River, and Ivan Rassimov, also from Jungle Holocaust.

As this movie shares all the same attributes with the other italian cannibal films, there's one thing that seperated it apart from the others... Jonas! The suicide cult leader of the film. He comes into play by recruiting Sheila's sister into his cult. If something goes wrong in the community, he's the one to get his goons to take care of the problem. The cannibals of the film are no friends of Jonas though. Which puts his cult in big danger when ever they decide to leave his little paradise, as he likes to call it.

The real animal cruelty as mention before is exactly what it sounds like. True life animals get killed in this movie. At the time this was made (along with all the other cannibal films) animal cruelty was not an issue, atleast in Italy. Sadly enough, there's only one killing that doesn't invovle a snake. And that's an alligator getting killed by one of the cannibal's, then a group of them chowing down on the fresh carcass. The other killings invovle three different scenes of snakes getting killed by humans, four others are of a snake battling it out with another animal (monkey, mongoose, komodo dragon, hawk).

Other than the story line taking over most of the movie, it does have a fair share of bloody massacres. Like when one of the cannibals is punished for one of his wrong doings by getting his penis cut off. Or when one of the females gets her breast cut off and the cannibals have a small appetizer. A lot of the other murders would be edited. As this is the uncut version of the movie, some killings are just not shown. For example, when one of followers of Jonas does wrong, his head is to be cut off. The scene shows the guy bending over, the hatchet comes down, then it cuts to the head laying on the ground.

It was abnormal to see a cannibal film focus on a story and not the cannibals doing their whole cannibal thing. They did manage to pull it off decently well though. It even had some comedy in it. One scene held Mark and Shelia alone with Shelia telling him to kill her when the cannibals attack. He bitch slaps her and yells "Don't you ever say that again." Then they start kissing and eventually fade into sex. Even though it was hilarious, it didn't fit into the movie.

Which brings me to a scene they actually cut out of another cannibal film entitled "Jungle Holocaust." As Me Me Lai's character was getting killed by the cannibals, they cut to Jungle Holocaust's scene where she was getting killed. Not a parody of the scene, but the actual scene. Why they did this is beyond me. The stolen scene wasn't that long, but it would have been better if they just cut away before they killed her completely instead of stealing the scene from another movie. This italian cannibal film was not dissapointing, but not in the ranks as some of the others either.

Classification: 8/10
Tristan #1: Tristan - added 12/16/2007, 10:31 PM
Of the 4 major players, this is my least favourite. It steals scenes, music and plot from every other cannibal movie of the time, and therefore leaves you feeling cheated. Still, it's an enjoyable film in its own right, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't glad I bought it. 8/10
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