Mangiati vivi! (Eaten Alive!) (1980)

Umberto Lenzi


Robert Kerman … Mark Butler
Janet Agren … Sheila Morris
Ivan Rassimov … Jonas Melvyn
Paola Senatore … Diana Morris
Me Me Lai … Mowara….

Personally I think this is the best out of all the Italian cannibal movies, and definitely the one with the most character. Umberto Lenzi was at his most absurd, sleazy best. This one has every sick gag featured Cannibal Ferox and Cannibal Holocaust, just as much gore, and more. There is rape, gang rape, ritual gang rape, penis cutting, penis eating, breast eating, it has everything Cannibal Holocaust and Cannibal Ferox have, except, of course, originality.

The movie begins with a tribal/primitive man who is on the lose in New York, doing what many people wish they could do to tourists in their town… Shoot them with darts… This is the set up for the introduction to our star, Sheila (played by Janet Agren, who at first glance I thought was a hot young Margot Kidder… But it wasn’t and then I remembered Margot was never hot) who is summoned from Alabama to NYC by the FBI after a silent video of her sister’s turns up on the aforementioned tribesman on holiday.