|White Cannibal Queen|
|Directed by||Jesús Franco|
|Produced by||Marius Lesoeur
|Written by||Jesús Franco|
|Music by||Roberto Pregadio|
|Distributed by||Blue Underground|
|Running time||90 minutes|
Mondo Cannibale (also known as Cannibals, Die Blonde Gottin, White Cannibal Queen and Barbarian Goddess) is a 1980 cannibal film by prolific Spanish exploitation director Jesús Franco which starred a 17-year-old Sabrina Siani . It is one of two cannibal films directed by Franco starring Al Cliver, the other being Man Hunter (aka Devil Hunter, aka Sexo Canibal).
Mondo Cannibale is considered even by Franco himself to be the worst cannibal film ever made, due to its slow pacing, bad acting, terrible special effects and awful camera work. An uncut DVD was released by Blue Underground. The DVD features an interview with Jesús Franco and the French theatrical trailer. Franco said in the interview that he only did the two cannibal films for the money, and admitted he had no idea why anyone would want to watch them. He said that Sabrina Siani was the worst actress he ever worked with in his life (second only to Romina Power) and that Siani's only good quality was her delectable derrière which he shows off to good effect in this film.
The film is notable for the fact that it shares an amount of footage with 'Cannibal Terror' (1981). While many sources suggest that Franco's footage was 'borrowed' for 'Cannibal Terror', a closer examination reveals that there are more connections than this between the two films. Both films share a number of locations, cast, and even dubbing actors. Some connections which suggest more than a mere borrowing of footage are:
Sabrina Siani is the eponymous White Cannibal Queen of 'Mondo Cannibale', and also appears (as a fully clothed adult) in a bar scene in 'Cannibal Terror'. Several shots of the dancing cannibal tribe in their village are common to both films, and several shots appear only in one or the other. One actor with a very distinctive face and large Mick Jagger type of mouth is seen in 'Cannibal Terror' in no less than three roles (two cannibals and one border guard) and is also quite visible as one of the cannibals devouring Al Cliver's wife in 'Mondo Cannibale'. Porn star Pamela Stanford plays Manuella in Cannibal Terror, and has the brief role of the unfortunate Mrs. Jeremy Taylor in Cannibals. She also appeared in a number of Jesus Franco's other films around this time period, perhaps most notably, Lorna the Exorcist. As well, the actor who plays Roberto in 'Cannibal Terror' is the captain of the boat at the beginning of 'Mondo Cannibale'.
Of course, in addition are the obvious cast parallels of Olivier Mathot, Antonio Mayans, both of whom have starring roles in both films.
The film follows a fathers attempt to rescue his teenage daughter from a tribe of man eating primitives who have made her their queen.
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