Ultimo mondo cannibale (1977)

Italy, 1976
83m (USA – theatrical); 87m 56s (Greece – video; Netherlands – video); 88m (Norway – theatrical; UK – video); 88m 34s (UK – theatrical); 90m (France; Italy – theatrical); 91m 24s (USA – video); 96 m (Italy – video)
35mm film, Techniscope, Technicolor, 2.35:1
mono, Italian

An Italian horror film directed by Ruggero Deodato.

Plot Summary

Oil prospector Robert Harper is stranded in the of Mindanao when the he is flying in crashes. The rest of his party are wiped out by a cannibal tribe that captures him and takes him back to their village. There they ritually abuse him and indulge in . Harper befriends a native woman, Pulan, in the hope that she will help him to escape.


Director: Ruggero Deodato
Erre Cinematografica
Producers: Giovanni Masini, Giorgio Carlo Rossi [uncredited]
Screenplay: Tito Carpi, Gianfranco Clerici, Renzo Genta
Story: Renzo Genta, Giorgio Carlo Rossi
Lighting Cameraman Marcello Masciocchi
Editor: Daniele Alabiso
Music: Ubaldo Continiello
Dubbing Editor: Nick Alexander
Make Up: Marcello Di Paolo
Special Effects: Paolo Ricci
Production Designer: Walter Patriarca
Locations: Malaysia; Qualatanan

Massimo Foschi (Robert Harper)
Me Me Lai (Pulan)
Ivan Rassimov (Ralph)
Sheik Razak Shikur (Charlie)
Judy Rosly (Swan)
Suleiman, Shamsi (natives)

Alternative Titles

Cannibal! – UK title
The Cannibals – Greek video title
Carnivorous – alternative US title
Le dernier monde cannibale – French title
Jungle Holocaust – US video title
Last Cannibal World – alternative UK title
The Last Survivor – US title
Mondo Cannibale 2. Teil – der Vogelmesch – West German title
Mundo canibal! Mundo salvaje! – Spanish title
O ultimo mundo canibal – Portugese video title


Continental Film Review vol.25 no.4 (February 1978) pp.24-25 – illustrated preview, credits
Delirium no.2 – illustrated review, credits, synopsis
Film Bulletin vol.47 (April-May 1978) – review (by Wiener)
Film-Echo/Filmwoche no.28 (14 May 1988) p.8 – review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.46 no.544 (May 1979) pp.103, 104 – review (by David McGillivray)
Scream no.49 (July/August 2018) p.18 – illustrated article (Welcome to the jungle! by Iain Todd)
Screen International no.70 (15 January ) p.11 – illustrated note
Screen International no.169 (16 December 1978) p.33 – illustrated review (by Marjorie Bilbow)
Shocking Images no.4 pp.31-32 – illustrated article
Time Out no.467 (30 March 1979) p.33 – illustrated review (by Chris Auty)
Variety 14 June 1978 p.20 – review (by Poll)

New York Times 6 April 1978 p.C18 – review (by Janet Maslin)

American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson p.316 – credits, synopsis, review
Cannibal Holocaust and the Savage Cinema of Ruggero Deodato pp.53-58 – illustrated synopsis, review (by Harvey Fenton), credits