Their cult was death ... Their lust was for blood!
|The Mountain of the Cannibal God|
Susan Stevenson who is played by the lovely, original Bond girl Ursula Andress, and her angry, alcoholic brother travel to the jungles of New Guinea to find her anthropologist husband after he goes missing. She takes another professor, Edward Foster (Stacy Keach) along because he's an expert on the tribes and customs of the island and because he knows where her husband might be.
Local authorities refuse to allow any expeditions into the jungles surrounding Ra Ra Me, the mountain where Foster thinks Dr. Stevenson might be, so they must sneak in. After some gratuitous animal slaughter, bickering among the party members and some encounters with murderous locals, they arrive at a Catholic mission deep in the jungle and set up camp. Here it is revealed that Edward Foster was once kidnapped by the Puka, a tribe of cannibals that inhabits the area surrounding Ra Ra Me, and that he was forced to participate in their flesh-eating rituals before finally escaping. He is still haunted by the experience and his reason for coming to New Guinea has nothing to do with finding the missing anthropologist. He wants to wipe out the cannibal tribe.
|"Quit staring at my harelip and check out my haircut."|
They add another member to the team from the mission, Manolo (Claudio Cassinelli) who immediately starts a romance with Mrs. Stevenson. It becomes apparent that Susan and her brother don't really care about finding the professor either. Rather, they want to find uranium deposits that are rumored to be in the area and increase their personal wealth. On the trek to the mountain, Professor Foster - who was previously injured after an encounter with a Puka tribesman, falls to his death while climbing a waterfall. The remaining members of the expedition are captured by the cannibal tribe and the crazy gore-fest begins.
The Mountain of the Cannibal God a.k.a. Slave of the Cannibal God isn't a bad movie. In fact I thought it was pretty damn... well, not exactly "good" but certainly entertaining. It lacks the tense, darker atmosphere and social commentary of Cannibal Holocaust, and is more of a gory action-adventure with ample T & A. And really that's not a bad thing, in my opinion. However, I did find the animal slaughter to serve no other purpose than to shock the audience, and some of the jungle traversing sequences were more than tedious to sit through. I would get distracted by Stacy Keach's harelip and wonder if his beard covered it at all or just drew attention to it. Then I would think of how his career had gone downhill so that now he had to do voice-work for that stupid "shocking video" TV series, whatever it's called. Then I tried to remember the name of that incest movie he was in with Orson Welles and Pia Zadora, and how she got weird looking over the years and that I couldn't believe that I once had a thing for her. I couldn't even remember if she was still alive or not. She probably was.... And then I would pay attention to the movie again and they were still walking through the damn jungle. But other than that, it's worth watching.
Oh, and did I mention a guy has sex with a pig?
Pipe Smoking Rating: 0.5 out of 5
Booby Rating: 3.5 out of 5, but there's a scene where a cannibal lady is "doin' that funky hand jive" that almost pushes the film to a 5+ - See the nude scenes.