Theyre sure not going to split any hairs. Well
all pay for this, guilty or not."
Ferox is one of those movies that you always hear about as
being the most violent film every made. Perhaps it is the marketing
of the movie that states Banned in 31 Countries and numerous warnings
on the box and in the trailers. Know this however, this is one
graphic movie. Maybe not the most violent of all time, but it
is up there.
movie is about a brother and sister, along with a trampy companion,
who go to the Amazon for proof that cannibalism is a myth. The
sister is doing her thesis on it, and her brother is going along
for assistance. Along the way, they meet a cokehead and his friend,
who have somehow angered a tribe of natives. The rest is cannibal
chaos at its best!
gore here is top notch. You have all of the vital organs in the
body spread out on display, like a buffet. Youve got brains
and eyeballs to boot. The violence is the real kicker. Loads of
it, and it is creative too. Sure you get the obligatory native
spear jabs, but theres more.
have women hung by their breasts, several member dismemberments
(quite graphic), two directional bitch slaps from way back, a
very disturbing decapitation, additional lopped off body parts,
an eye gouge with a knife, a ripped open chest with the contents
being hungrily devoured, and much more. Did I mention piranhas?
even have stuff which they put in just to gross you out. It isnt
really value added. An example of this is a native eating big
fat caterpillars (this guy would rock on Fear Factor).
Quite nasty. There is also something here which I completely disagree
on, and that is the animal torture and killings that go on. I
found myself fast forwarding it a couple times. No movie is worth
an animal being tortured or killed over. Frankly, Im disappointed.
Special effects artists can simulate a human corpse getting ripped
open and their intestines scattered about like strewn laundry,
but they cant simulate a turtle being killed, dismembered
and pulled out of its shell? I wish somebody would release a version
of this movie with the real life torture scenes cut out. Hell,
maybe they do have a version like that.
course you are going to have copious amounts of nudity in a cannibal
flick. Its not as much as you think however, and it is rarely
in good taste (pun intended). I will leave it at that.
acting is good. The cokehead reminded me very much of Matthew
Mcconaughey. He is actually Giovanni Radice, the guy who got the
drill in The Gates of Hell. I knew he looked familiar.
The script is wacky (What, do you get off on ecology, twat?).
The storyline has as many holes as your average Italian horror
movie (the whole New York plot could have been eliminated). There
were times at the beginning where everybody was speaking Spanish,
but they didnt bother with subtitles. Oh well, fuck it.
I think the trampy companion slept with the local sheriff to get
a shower. Im not kidding. Ahhh, the early 80s! The
music is dramatic, eery, and quite effective. It takes the movie
to a new level.
in all, you have a very powerful movie here. It is bound to offend
9 out of every 10 people who watch this in one way or another.
It is exploitive, unapologetic, and unsettling. It even has a
bit of a plot twist at the end, which is designed to make you
ponder on the whole savage concept, and its designation.
I like the movie? Apart from the animal killings, yes I did. I
am still a little disturbed at a human decapitation scene in particular.
Youll know it when you see it. Will you like the movie?
Well, you are reading this review, which means you are a sick
bastard like yours truly. I would have to say, yes! It is not
nearly on the same level as the oft-compared Cannibal
Holocaust, directed by Ruggero Deodato, but it is an intense
piece nonetheless. Go get it, if you can find it.