Eaten Alive! (1980) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Umberto Lenzi
Starring: Robert Kerman, Janet Agren, Ivan Rassimov
Rated: UR/Region O/1:66/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Severin Films
Eight years after he first unleashed the Italian cannibal craze, spaghetti splatter master Umberto Lenzi (NIGHTMARE CITY, CANNIBAL FEROX) returned to the jungle for this “graphic” (Monster Hunter), “sordid” (Geek Legacy) and “extreme” (Horror News) gut-muncher that still packs the power to rip your d*ck off. EuroSleaze hall-of-famers Robert Kerman (CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST), Janet Agren (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD), Ivan Rassimov (THE MAN FROM DEEP RIVER) and Me Me Lai (JUNGLE HOLOCAUST) – along with Hollywoodlegend Mel Ferrer (WAR AND PEACE) – star in this insane assemblage of flesh-ripping mayhem, depraved sexual brutality, and even the Jonestown massacre. EATEN ALIVE! is now presented uncut, uncensored and fully remastered in HD for the first time ever, with all-new Special Features that slit open the legacy of this definitive cannibal classic.
In Eaten Alive we take a trip into the jungle where we find a knock-off Jim Jones cult leader and of course cannibals. The movie follows a girl on a quest to track down her sister after hearing some shady business might be going down with her. For the trip she gets a dude to tag along that is played by cannibal movie vet, Robert Kerman. While I feel horrible for finding it hilarious, Kerman’s character seems to come up with just about any excuse he can to deck Janet Agren’s character. He slaps her when she freaks out about maybe being eaten, he punches her in another scene “for her own good”, and I think he hits her another time as well. I can’t help but think of the awful feedback that stuff would get on the screen today in 2018. None the less, the cult aspect of things adds to it to at last make it a little different, but we’re still a long way away from Cannibal Holocause. I’m not sure it even reaches the Cannibal Ferox level and this is coming from the same director.
You still get what you’d expect from a movie like this. Animals die for real, people are eaten alive and that brings some gross gore which is always a plus in my eyes. This one even adds in a bit more rape just in case anyone wanted more rape in their cannibal movies. we even see some people lifted off the ground early in the movie by placing a hook into their backs. People really do that and I’m pretty sure it was real in the movie as well. This is a movie that seems to have it all but it does seem to also get a bit sluggish in the middle and that really is the thing that holds it down the most. The movie looks way better than I ever figured it would look in here in HD and we have a nice list of extras on the disc as well. If you are looking for a movie that is very brutal in nature and maybe has more shock value than real genuine quality, then this is a movie for you.
– NEW 2K REMASTER of the film presented for the first time ever
– Welcome To The Jungle: Interview With Director Umberto Lenzi
– Me Me Lai Bites Back: Feature Documentary On The Queen Of Cannibal Movies
– The Sect of The Purification: Interview With Production Designer Antonello Geleng
– Archive Interviews With Actors Ivan Rassimov and Robert Kerman
– 2013 Q&A With Umberto Lenzi from the Festival of Fantastic Films, UK