Directed by: Ruggero Deodato
Starring: Massimo Foschi (Robert), Me Me Lai (Native woman), Ivan Rassimov (Rolf)
Country: Italy, European Cinema
Genres: Cannibalism, Gore-Splatter, Violence Against-Relationships with Animals, Violence against Men, Rape-Violence against Women, Torture
Ultimo Mondo Cannibale was Ruggero Deodato’s early cannibal venture before he made Cannibal Holocaust in 1980, and would later be more popularly known as Jungle Holocaust.
It follows a couple of prospectors, Robert and Rolf, who hire a plane headed for the jungles of Philippines. A camp has already been set up by the river and Robert is excited about milking the area. On reaching the camp however, they find everyone missing and decide to spend the night in the plane. A Filipino woman who’s part of their group steps out in the middle of the night for a wee and is grabbed by a group of cannibals who’ve been patiently waiting around. The next morning, Robert and co muster up the courage to go looking for her, only to find her body parts being enthusiastically eaten by the cannibals. With the pilot soon dead, Robert and Rolf put together a raft and to the tune of some optimistic music, try to sail away to freedom. Expectedly things don’t work out.
Unlike your typical cannibal exploitation movie, Last Cannibal World spends a good deal of time observing, through the eyes of Robert, the lives and habits of the tribes. The ‘Stone Age’ tribe is depicted sometimes hilariously, like when one of them tries to chomp on a wristwatch. While not quite in the league of Cannibal Holocaust, this is a significant milestone in the genre.