Famous reporter Grace Forsyte has to raise the viewer numbers at the network or it will shut down. She convinces her team that they should go to the Amazon and make a report on the native cannibals that live there.
There's nothing wrong with a little ripping each other off, as the Italian filmmakers often did. Such was the situation between "Cannibal Holocaust" and "Cannibal Ferox", as an example. But then you have filmmakers like Bruno Mattei, who was in a league of his own when it came to ripping off other titles. Though he did a lot of shameless rip-offs and cheesy movies back then, nothing beats him actually trying to revive the cannibal subgenre in the early 2000s, with "Mondo Cannibal" and "In the Land of the Cannibals". You can't help but wonder why?
When the network where famous reporter Grace Forsyte works is in danger, she knows that she had to get back to her former glory and deliver a reportage that'll gain viewers in an instant. She convices her team to join her on a trip to the Amazon, where there are rumors that cannibals live.
"Mondo Cannibal" is as close to a rip-off of "Cannibal Holocaust" as you can get. It's practically a cheesy, no-budget remake. Beyond the story being very similar, there are scenes and dialogue that is ripped straight from the original. Of course, it is all much tamer and horribly made so there is absolutely nothing effective about it. We have the famous burning of the village, the impaled woman and the guy's smirk (except this one isn't impaled, just tied), the rape of the native with the female reporter trying to stop them, you name it. The movie is delusional that it seems to think that no one would notice, or that simply taking the scenes straight from it, will help selling it.
The camera work is on the same level as horrible erotic TV movies from the '90s, with a soundtrack that fits the bill as well. The dubbing is so bad that you'll sit there with your jaw open. The entire movie is just awkward and fucking horrible. There is some okay gore in the movie but that doesn't help much at all. There's brief animal cruelty in the movie that is, yet again, so much more senseless than the stuff in "Cannibal Holocaust", that I can't help but be angry at it.
It fills me with shame to know that I sat through it and I hope that no one will again. If you manage to get through this chore of a movie, you're have a strong will. It scares me knowing that I still have "In the Land of the Cannibals" to get through, but I hope that it won't be as shamelessly ripping off "Cannibal Holocaust". I'm sure it will take from some other movie, though.
Bruno Mattei, I know you're dead and I don't want to speak ill of the dead, but what the hell were you thinking? I have seen much of your previous work, but this was so bad that I was amazed. I'd watch your older movies on repeat for a week before I revisit this movie again.
I don't know how to best make you understand how bad this movie is, but I'll sum it up by saying this: the movie is set in the jungle, so who the fuck cut the grass!?