original title: La Montagna del Dio Cannibale
aka: Primitive Desires, Prisoner of the Cannibal God, Slave of the Cannibal God
Director: Sergio Martino
Starring: Ursula Andress, Stacy Keach, Claudio Cassinelli, Antonio Marsina, Franco Fantasis
When the price of lust is death…!
Susan is desperate to find her lost husband Henry, who has gone missing deep in the jungle of New Guinea where he has been exploring unknown territories since he works as an anthropologist. She recruits the help from her brother Arthur and together they head out to New Guinea to locate her missing husband.
The locals are wary about helping her out because of their beliefs that the mountain in the jungle is cursed, but she is able to assemble a crew thanks to the help of Professor Edward Foster, who joins them on their mission. Their adventure in the jungle will not be easy and they will be lucky to survive from the horde of dangerous wildlife and human life…
At the height of the Italian cannibal craze of the late 70’s, the classy director Sergio Martino got in on the action with this adventure film Mountain of the Cannibal God. Instead of going for the shock and gore that Cannibal Holocaust and Cannibal Ferox are infamous for, this one is more “safe” for audiences who can’t handle the atrocities of the other mentioned films. That being said, there are still some grim stuff in this one aswell, there’s some animal violence that I’m sure will put some off and there is some very sexual scenes and even a scene with bestiality where a cannibal is raping / making love to a big boar… and of course some penis cutting, which is almost a must-have in these films.
These things, and the nudity, will probably not be enough to please the gorehounds that go into this expecting another brutal gorefest. This film is more for those who could enjoy these films even if it lacked the notorious blood and guts. The reason why I keep mentioning how different this is regarding violence, even if it does have some, is simply because that’s enough of a reason for a person to dislike the film if they expected something else when they go into this film.
Is it a fun adventure film though? Sadly, I can’t really give that a big yes. The main actors, Ursula Andress, mostly remembered for her appearance in the James Bond movie Dr. No, and the always awesome Stacy Keach carry the film well enough and director Sergio Martino is an excellent director who can make the worst story in the world become watchable. It’s actually surprising that he agreed to do this film and I wouldn’t be surprised if the animal violence was just added to please the producers.
It does fail a bit since it lacks any true excitement or suspense. I’m sure people who don’t find the cannibal genre that interesting will find a lot of the parts in this one to be a bit boring. I have to admit that I didn’t find it very enjoyable in my younger days, but at each repeated viewings I seem to enjoy it more and more.
Mountain of the Cannibal God is a film that fans of adventure films and the cannibal subgenre could enjoy if they have patience and don’t require plenty of scenes with shock and gore. If you have the right mindset when going into this film then I’m sure you’ll find enough to enjoy, if nothing else, the naked rub down scene of Ursula is worth waiting and watching the film for.