A girl risks her life and plunges into a jungle hell in search of her missing sister. Throughout her perilous journey, she must fend off hungry cannibal tribes and avoid being served up as a sacrificial lamb for a good old-fashioned suicide cult! From Umberto Lenzi, director of Cannibal Ferox, Man From Deep River, and Black Demons. Features an all-star, international cast of exploitation favorites, such as Robert Kerman (Cannibal Holocaust), Janet Agren, Ivan Rassimov, and Me Me Lai.
Italian cannibal movie fans will find that a lot of the elements used in Umberto Lenzi's trash opus 'Eaten Alive' (known as 'Mangiati Vivi' in Italy) are very familiar to them. In the grand exploitation movie tradition, Lenzi deftly borrows ideas and themes from not only his earlier film, like 'The Man From Deep River', but also from other directors work as well. In fact, the film borrows ideas from various 'mondo' movies of the late 60's and early 70's and also literally steals gore scenes and animal violence footage directly from earlier efforts in the genre. Scenes are lifted directly from Sergio Martino's 1978 film, 'Mountain of the Cannibal God', and Deodato's 'Jungle Holocaust'.
Lenzi would later go on to recycle the bizarre musical score from 'Eaten Alive' for use in his later Cannibal Ferox. Cannibal Ferox also borrows the idea of having city-slickers from New York City travel to the jungle to encounter sadistic cannibals and both films contain some marvelous footage of 42nd street back in it's hey day!
'Eaten Alive' cast members should also look familiar to aficionados of spaghetti gut-munchers. Robert Kerman had previously appeared in Ruggero Deodato's notorious 'Cannibal Holocaust' in 1979 and would later work with Lenzi again in 'Cannibal Ferox'. Ivan Rassimov and Me Me Lai both had prominent roled in Deodato's 'Jungle Holocaust' in 1977 and also worked with Lenzi on the first Italian cannibal film, 'The Man From Deep River'.