Mondo Cannibale

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.

Mondo Cannibale
Original release poster
Directed byJesús Franco
Produced by
  • Marius Lesoeur
  • Franco Prosperi
Written byJesús Franco
Music byRoberto Pregadio
  • Luis Colombo
  • Juan Soler
Distributed byBlue Underground
Release date
  • 1980 (1980)
Running time
90 minutes
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Italian
  • English

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.


A father (Al Cliver) attempts to rescue his teenage daughter (Sabrina Siani) from a tribe of man-eating primitives who (unknown to him) have made her their queen.


  • Sabrina Siani as Lana
    • Anouska as Young Lana
  • Al Cliver as Jeremy Taylor
  • Oliver Mathot as Charles Fenton
  • Antonio Mayans as Yakaké
  • Lina Romay as Ana
  • Jesús Franco as Mr. Martin (uncredited cameo)


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".[1]


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."[2]


  1. Blue Underground (November 13, 2007). Franco Holocaust: Interview with writer/director Jesús Franco. Cannibals DVD Extras (Interview). Retrieved 12 March 2018
  2. Jane, Ian. "Cannibals : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". DVD Ian Jane. Retrieved 29 May 2019.

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