Reviewed by Jason Catanese
Rating: 4 Beans
ell, since everyone's raving about "The Blair Witch Project", I figured I'd go to the source from which it was blatantly ripped off. True, "Blair...." is a better movie in most regards, but not nearly as original as some might think. Plus, nobody in the witch project gets their penis chopped off by cannibals.
The plot is pretty similar. In this one, three people(two guys and a girl, hmmmmm?) go into the African outback to research cannibals. They never return, but the footage is found. Sounds familar, huh? Well, this happens about 40 minutes into the movie. First, another guy goes down there to check out the cannibal livestyle, but he makes it back with the footage. When the footage starts reeling, that's when the fun begins. The Blair Witch Project doesn't have dogshit on this in the disturbing scene ratio. Come to think of it, few movies do.
This has a lot in common with it's ripoff, "Make Them Die Slowly." In both movies, real animals are killed, men get their johnny-logs ripped off in each one(except in this one, it really looks like they chopped it off.....they didn't eat it, though), and the americans ruthlessly torture the cannibals before getting what they deserve in the end. Come to think of it, "Make Them Die Slowly" is such a complete rip-off, it's not even funny.
My favorite scene, the scene that actually made me cringe, was when the cannibals tied a pregnant lady up and ripped out her fetus, proceeding to toss it into a river like a football. It was entirely unnecescary, but did the trick as far as making me physically ill. In addition to that, there are about 13 rape scenes(one of which is excruciating), people graphically getting ripped apart and eaten, more male full frontal nudity than you can shake a stick at(I think everyone in this film was naked at one point or another), and basically an all out feeling of unpleasantness throughout. This one's not a badly made movie, it really looks like these people got ripped apart(esp. the pee-pee scene), but it's definetly not for everyone...or basically anyone, for that matter. I enjoyed myself.
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