Mondo Cannibale (English: Cannibal World ; also known as The Cannibals, Die Blonde Gottin, White Cannibal Queen, A Woman for the Cannibals and Barbarian Goddess) is a 1980 Spanish-Italian cannibal exploitation film directed by Jesús Franco. It stars a then-17 year old Sabrina Siani and Al Cliver. It is one of two cannibal films directed by Franco starring Cliver, the other being Devil Hunter.
Original release poster
|Directed by||Jesús Franco|
|Written by||Jesús Franco|
|Music by||Roberto Pregadio|
|Distributed by||Blue Underground|
Franco's original shooting title for the film was Rio Salvaje, but it was changed to Mondo Cannibale before its release. While not prosecuted for obscenity, the film was seized and confiscated in the UK under Section 3 of the Obscene Publications Act 1959 during the video nasty panic.
Franco said in the interview that he only did the two cannibal films for the money, and said that he had no idea why anyone would want to watch such films. He said that Sabrina Siani was the worst actress that he ever worked with in his life (second only to Romina Power) and that Siani's only good quality was her "delectable derrière".
Ian Jane from DVD Talk awarded the film 1.5 out of 5 stars, criticizing the film for its poor acting, ineffective special effects, screenplay, music score, and editing. However, Jane went on to state "there's a strange manic energy to the picture that makes it a lot of fun to watch."