La montagna del dio cannibale
Plot in one sentence: Stacey Keach and Ursula Andress go to the jungle in search of her missing husband and land in a cave populated by pig-fucking cannibals.
Rare cannibal film goes without a hero giving his girl a slap at least once. THE MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD is extraordinary in this respect. There are two instances of unintentionally hilarious "fights", greatly amusing stuff.
What doesn't work: THE MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD is boring.
Martino gets good mileage out of the available locations but cannot inject the primitive script with the necessary drive.
Giancarlo Ferrando's compositions are perfect, but his classic way of lighting ruins some of the natural charm the wilderness possesses. I mean, people walk around the supposed jungle and they have 4-5 shadows - come on! As a result, THE MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD cannot boast the same kind of gritty realism that Deodato achieved with his equally boring ULTIMO MONDO CANNIBALE.
A warm, emotional and dignified performance by Stacey Keach helps one sit through all the requisite spider attacks, snake attacks, booby traps and what not.
As usual with Martino, THE MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD has high production values and is rather faceless.
Sound is surprisingly good - some of it seems to be live on-set recording, which was pretty extraordinary for Italian productions in those days. Or it could be dubbing, but more carefully done than usual, with the entire principal cast doing their own voices.
The simply isn't enough going on in THE MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD to recommend it to anyone.
What good stuff there is happens in the last ten minutes, when the heroes are trapped in the cannibal cave. Finally some red stuff begins to flow. But it doesn't justify the slow build-up, no matter how well-photographed.
Pulsating score by De Angelis brothers would suggest a more savage, intense picture than the one Martino put together.
My favourite cannibal trash remains Lenzi's EATEN ALIVE.