CANNIBAL TERROR is a Eurocine French-Spanish
co-production, which means lots of familiar Eurocine regulars like
Olivier Mathot appear along with Sylvia Solar and Franco regular Antonio
Mayans. A numbing atrocity which actually contains some native footage
(in letterboxed aspect ratio) from Franco's somewhat similar WHITE
CANNIBAL QUEEN. The fullscreen video I have looks pretty bad but then
the film is a classic of le bad cinema.
Julio Perez Tabernero, a former actor, got in shape for this mess by
directing the delightful sado-giallo SEXY CAT (based on a sleazy comic
book), with German Cobos as a rumpled PI. He also edited a cut of
Franco's MIDNIGHT PARTY (1975). Those are fun flicks, TERROR is a
different story. You can laugh at it but never WITH it.
Filmed in Alicante (Francoland) and surrounding Spanish locations, this
is a wretchedly photographed, unintentionally humorous gorefest. Mayans
heads a crime ring which abducts the daughter of Dauville (Mathot), an
auto magnate. They head straight for Indio territory to hide out until
the ransom arrives (never a good idea to head for Indio country). The
cannibals attack, ripping the guts out of one of the female criminals
and chowing down in disgusting detail. The survivors arrive at
Antonio's, a mean looking guy with Pamela Stanford as his slutty wife.
Stanford, of course, was LORNA-THE EXORCIST, a great little Franco ditty
from the mid 70s. Mayans rapes Pam and gets tied to a tree by Antonio,
who then whistles for the cannibals, the signal that dinner is served.
More disgusting gut munching. It gets absurder by the moment with the
strangest Eurotrash score you've ever heard. Primitive direction
(there's even an iris in-out on one scene) telegraphs every crude
detail. It sure doesn't stint on the gore and sleaze (and Ms. Stanford
does get nude). One of the worst and a must-see. Tabernero hid behind
the name Allan Steeve.
-- Reviewed by Robert Monell