Last Cannibal World – original title: Ultimo mondo cannibale, also known as Jungle Holocaust – is a 1976 Italian exploitation horror feature film directed by Ruggero Deodato (House at the Edge of the Park).
The movie stars Massimo Foschi, Me Me Lai and Ivan Rassimov. The screenplay by Tito Carpi, Gianfranco Clerici and Renzo Genta tells the story of a man trying to escape from a jungle island in Papua New Guinea inhabited by a primitive cannibal tribe.
The film was distributed under a confusing number of different titles, such as Cannibal! (UK), The Last Survivor and Carnivorous (both USA) and edits, and is available uncut on DVD from Shriek Show. It is the precursor to Deodato’s controversial 1980 film Cannibal Holocaust, although it was originally slated to be directed by Umberto Lenzi as a follow-up to his 1972 jungle shocker The Man from Deep River.
“Violent and perverse, with moments of downright weirdness, Jungle Holocaust shows Deodato clearly honing his craft in the genre until the cannibal cycle reached its zenith with his 1980 follow-up feature. It may not be as powerful as Cannibal Holocaust, but Jungle Holocaust is nevertheless a fine example of the development of a fledgling genre.” Digital Retribution
“The problem with “Jungle Holocaust” is that beyond its shock value, it really doesn’t offer anything else to the viewer. There is really no story, as the plot simply reflects the fact that Robert is captured by the cannibals and he must try to escape. There is no character development — we never learn anything about Robert or Rolf. ” Mike Long, DVD Talk
“Deodato’s beautifully shot and composed scenes of the jungle environment suggests the view that the apparent brutality of stone-age existence is really much purer and closer to the true core of humanity, and that civilisation is really a suppression of it’s true nature — which has lead to a barely contained madness.” Horrorview
“This viewer headed for the hills not long after she watched the locals, a little crude even by Stone Age standards, gnawing on a set of human arms and legs, which had presumably belonged to somebody else until only lately. “Scene of cannibalism photographed from real life,” a subtitle said.” Janet Maslin, The New York Times, April 6, 1978
“Cheapo exploitation director Deodato takes his ‘true story’ plot, average exploiter rituals and distinctly paunchy hero far too seriously for the film not be laughable despite its two strong ingredients: excellent cro-magnon acting and a surprising amount of ‘frank’ (because anthropological?) male nudity.” Chris Auty, The Time Out Film Guide
Buy uncut on Region 2 DVD from Amazon.co.uk
Cast and characters:
- Massimo Foschi … Robert Harper
- Me Me Lai … Pulan
- Ivan Rassimov … Rolf
- Sheik Razak Shikur … Charlie
- Judy Rosly … Swan
- Suleiman … Native Chief
- Shamsi Shamsi … Native Warrior #1