Primitives (1980) (Blu-ray Review)

Primitives (1980) (Blu-ray Review)

Primitives (1980) (Blu-ray Review)

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Primitives (1980) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Sisworo Gautama Putra
Starring: Enny Haryono, Barry Prima, Johann Mardjono
Rated: UR/Region O/2.39/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Severin Films

Four years before they rocked Asia with SATAN’S SLAVE, director Sisworo Gautama Putra, screenwriter Imam Tantowi and producer Gope T. Samtani made their collaborative debut with Indonesia’s first – and still only – Italian-style cannibal shocker: When three naïve anthropology students go in search of a lost primitive tribe, they’ll instead discover a nightmare of bloody rituals, depraved torture, jaw-dropping music cues and flesh-chomping brutality. Indonesian martial arts legend Barry Prima (THE WARRIOR) stars in this “peculiarly local, sometimes psychedelic and virtually unseen” (Mondo Digital) chunk of graphic jungle carnage – released in the UK as SAVAGE TERROR and classified as a Section 3 ‘Video Nasty’ – now scanned in HD from the Jakarta vault negative for the first time ever.

From the same dude that gave us Satan’s Slave comes Primitives! The one and only Indonesia cannibal movie as far as I can see and tell. So, we have that same weird style you see in lots of Indonesia movies turned towards the cannibal genre and the results aren’t on the same level as something like Cannibal Holocaust or even Cannibal Ferox, but it lands somewhere in the area of strange and weird. In my book, that is at times all you really need to get a seal of approval. None the less, people go into the jungle, the local cannibals capture them, bad things are happening and the only person who seems to be able to save them is having his own awful time in that awful jungle. We have some blood, we have some strange moments, and we have some scenes that are probably more funny than they ever had the intent to be. That makes Primitives what it is, for better or for worse.

This entry into the wonderful Video Nasty list isn’t as crazy as other cannibal movies to me is the violence area, even if we do have that and even have people attacked by alligators and such along the way. It is blood, but not everything can touch those pinnacles of cannibal cinema. Primitives finds it’s place, don’t get me wrong, but I found the weirdness of this one to be the main selling point of it. I mean, if you’ve seen other movies made in Indonesia then I’m sure you can get what I’m throwing out there. I think some of the movie looks a little rough here in HD but it sounds like a few things had to be put together to get us this one. It’s fine enough for what it is, but even with it being what it is, Primitives might just be for those who are in love with movies from this part of the world or cannibal movies in general.


  • Producing PRIMITIVES – Interview with Producer Gope T. Samtani
  • Way Down in the Jungle Deep – Interview with Screenwriter Imam Tantowi
  • Trailer
  • Alternate Title Sequence
  • Reversible Wrap
  • Exclusive Slipcover

Quality of Transfer: 87%

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