Cannibal Ferox (1981)

35mm, colour
mono, Italian

An Italian gore film directed by Umberto Lenzi, his third cannibal film following Il paese del sesso selvaggio (1972) (the first of the notorious Italian cannibal films of the 70s and 80s) and Mangiati vivi (1980). Like all the films of its kind, it features much real animal cruelty and was banned for many years in the UK following the “” moral panic of the early 1980s.

Plot Summary

An anthropology student and her friends venture into the Amazon basin to complete her dissertation on . They meet a pair of emerald prospectors who have been attacked by a supposedly cannibal tribe – but are they all they seem and just how responsible are they for the appalling violence they encounter?


Directed by: Umberto Lenzi
© Copyright MCMLXXXI [1981] by Dania Film, Medusa Distribuzione – National Cinematografica
A Dania Film, Medusa Distribuzione, National Cinematografica production
Executive Producer: Antonio Crescenzi
Unit Managers: Evi Farinelli, Vito di Bari
Production Organiser: Giovanni Masini
Story and Screenplay: Umberto Lenzi
Assistant Director: Riccardo Petrazzi
Director of Photography: Giovanni Bergamini
Cameraman: Renato Doria
Assistant Cameraman: Maurizio Zampagni
Chief Electrician: Roberto Belli
Key Grip: Mario Pizzi
Stills: Garibaldi Schwarze
Film Editor: Enzo Meniconi
Assistant Editor: Alessandro Gabriele
Color by: LV – Luciano Vittori
Original Music by: Budy and Maglione
Arranged and Directed by: Carlo Maria Cordio
Music copyright Flipper-NC
Sound: Raul Montesanti
Special Sound Effects: Ciorba-Basili-Marcorin
Costumes: Giuseppe Bassan
Make-up: Giuseppe Ferranti
Special Effects: Gino De Rossi
Production Design: Giuseppe Bassan
Filmed on location in New York and in the Amazon
Interiors filmed at RPA – Elios Studios, [Rome]
The production would like to thank the city of Leticia (Amazonas) and Avianca, Colombian Airlines for their kind cooperation

John Morghen [real name: Giovanni Lombardo Radice] (Mike Logan)
Lorraine de Selle (Gloria Davis)
Bryan Redford (Rudy Davis)
Zore Kerowa [real name: Zora Kerova] (Kerowa) (Pat)
Walter Lloyd (Joe Castellani)
Meg Fleming [real name: Fiamma Maglione] (Myrna Stanton)
Robert Kerman (Lieutenant Rizzo)
John Bartha (fat drug dealer)
Venantino Venantini (Sergeant Ross)
‘El Indio' Rincon (Suarez the Portugese/The Indio)

Alternative Titles

Canibal Feroz – Portugese/Spanish title
Kannibalen Massakren – German title
De Kannibalen Vallen Aan! – Dutch title
Let Them Die Slowly – US title on video prints
Make Them Die Slowly – US video title
Die Rache der Kannibalen – German title
Woman From Deep River – Australian title

See also
Nudo e selvaggio (1985)

Production Notes

In the UK the film was initially released uncut on video, then re-issued, with an 18 rating, and around four minutes of cuts. This version was also subsequently banned outright. A heavily cut version was released in 2001.



  • Deep Red July 1986 p.17 – review
  • Delirium no.4 pp.22, 24 – credits, review
  • Écran Fantastique no.16 (1981) p.37 – review
  • Fangoria no.197 (October 2000) p.63 – DVD review
  • Halls of Horror no.27 p.18 – UK video data
  • Nekrofile pp.9-10, 12 – illustrated review
  • Rivista del Cinematografo vol.55 no.4 (April 1982) p.184 – credits
  • Samhain no.3 p.24 – review
  • Samhain no.6 p.4 – review
  • Starburst no.67 p.8 – note
  • Variety 9 November 1983 pp.24, 35 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Variety Italian Production Chart 15 October 1980 p.194 – credits
  • Variety Italian Production Chart 21 January 1981 p.50 – credits
  • Variety Italian Production Chart 18 March 1981 p.160 – credits
  • Video Drive-In no.9 – review
  • Video Watchdog no.44 pp.52-53 – review
  • Video Week 5 January 1987 p.8 – note


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd edition) by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.360 – credits, review
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.369
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.61 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis pp.169-170 – credits
  • Italian Horror 1979-1994 by Jim Harper pp.61-63 – illustrated credits, review
  • The Seduction of the Gullible (2nd edition) by John Martin p.41 – illustrated credits, review