It’s October so you know what that means? That’s right. Its time for me to tell you about more movies with cannibals and rape! The 1985 film Cut And Run, directed by Ruggero Deodato, has both of those things and more! Dare I say, it’s my favorite cannibal horror movie.
The movie has a absurdly complex plot for an Italian exploitation film, so let me try to sum it up as quick as possible. A Vietnam vet who used to be pals with Jim Jones heads a small army made up from a cannibal tribe. He uses this cannibal tribe to raid and kill Colombian drug cartels. A reporter has been covering these killings and trying to track down the culprits. She discovers her boss’s son has been kidnapped and is being held hostage by one of the cartels. So, of course, she sets off with her camera man and a live satellite feed that broadcasts directly back to the studio.
In about ten seconds flat they get captured by the cannibal leader that she had set out to find in order to interview. The reporter’s boss sends some mercs to rescue his son and a firefight ensues. The Colonel, leader of the cannibals, takes a gut shot during the fight. He agrees to the interview live on air, since he knows his time is short. His live interview ends in the most awesome way possible.
Cut And Run is great. We get some top tier gore. Realistic beheadings, a man torn in twain, rape, women beheaded, guts spilling out, shooting, rape, dismemberment, neck stabbing, blow darts, rape, and more. Verily.
In true exploitation tradition it draws from other films and the news. We get reference to, and footage from, the Jamestown Massacre with Jim Jones, Apocalypse Now, the Cocaine wars of the 80s, and several other real-life events.
I really like this one because it is as much an action movie or a jungle survival movie as it is a horror movie. Also, importantly for a cannibal movie, there is no castration. I have yet to recover from Cannibal Ferox (Make Them Die Slowly).
I recommend this one big time. I know, I know, Deodato and real animal killings and how awful etc. etc. I understand. I also don’t care. 99% of everyone working in every movie you have ever seen is a real world borderline rapist, or worse, so in the grand scheme of things I can live with it. Luckily there are no animal deaths in this one so no need for panty twisting. I hope you do check it out, especially if you like your horror movies as sleazy as it gets.