Xavier Gens' Cannibals?thegoldensimatar
The cannibal sub-genre, the one that came violently and died with a whimper. Roughly only 17 films were made from a period of 1971-1985, starting with Umberto Lenzi's Man From Deep River, climaxing with Ruggero Deodato's controversial classic Cannibal Holocaust and basically dying with Lenzi's Cannibal Ferox in 1982. The few cannibal films after that were very tame compared to the previous films.
Riddled with controversy from the real animal killings to Deodato's failed publicity stunt for Holocaust (in where the actors who played the documentary crew who were 'eaten' agreed to not work a year before or after the film, the stunt, Deodato's groundbreaking cinematography, and makeup EFX led to his arrest, but after the actors came on camera, he was let go), I don't think I'm the first to believe it to be dead.
However, with these films being released uncensored for the first time onto DVD, a new interest seems to have been sparked in the genre. This Tuesday (November 13) Jonathan (Punisher) Hensleigh's Welcome to the Jungle hits DVD. While reports about the film were basically limited to mentioning that there was a cannibal film being produced by Gale Anne Hurd that had a sneak preview at a film festival and then the DVD details, if it does make enough money. Could it spark a cannibal rebirth?
Moviehole got word from an insider that French filmmaker Xavier Gens (Frontière(s), Hitman) will be helming a film called Vanikoro next. The insider reports however unlike the other cannibal films, this one seems to be taking a lot more fun with the material:
"Production is about to start – designers are at work, casting is about to begin – on the movie...it’s a film about a group of shipwrecked guys on an island full of cannibals. It's totally over-the-top, but likely to be a lot of fun"
So, we'll be keeping our eyes and ears open on this to see how it goes.