Savage Terror (1978) - GO 127


Director: Sisworo Gautama Putra                     AKA: The Primitives
Rarity: * * * Desirability: * * *
Run time: 86min 36 sec Review Rating:*
Production date: 1978 GO release date: 1982
DVD Availability: Yes Tagline: Captured by Flesh-Eating Savages....!!
Adverts & Articles:Genre: Horror
Original Price: £

Current market Value: £50 - £70

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Shot Glass Review

In a move that demonstrated first-hand just how far afield Go boss Des Dolan went to acquire new film product, this cheaply made Indonesian production inexplicably appeared on UK rental shelves, courtesy of Go. Featuring “We are the Robots” by the pioneering German electronic band Kraftwerk, this cheaply made cannibal-inspired film was born from first-time director Sisworo Gautama Putra allegedly watching Umberto Lenzi’s The Man from Deep River and Ruggero Deodato’s The Last Cannibal World, both of which appeared on tape from Derek and Ann Simmons trailblazing Derann video label around the same time as this obscure Go release. It seems doubtful therefore that the film’s opening message is true, which read:

"This is a true adventure. Filmed on location in the jungle where the events portrayed actually took place. The production thanks the Indonesian Government for allowing this story to be brought to the screen." 

This terribly dubbed Indonesian effort, surrounding a small group of students who fall prey to a primitive tribe of cannibalistic savages, was released completely uncut by Go and miraculously survived prosecution, despite its eye-catching sleeve design - which depicted an imperilled woman strung to a makeshift pole being carried off by savages, presumably for lunch! This uncut release featured dubious scenes of animal cruelty, but is most likely just stock footage. One movie highlight shows a man impaled upon a rubbery spike trap, where the spikes can clearly be seen bending around his supposedly broken body! Filmed in the Indonesian Rainforest, Savage Terror (original title: “Primitif”) was not seen on video in the US until August 2005, where it was released as “Primitives” under the ‘Tales of Voodoo, Volume 2’ banner alongside Godfrey Ho’s incredibly dull Ghost Ninja. Here, Savage Terror clocked at 84 minutes, some 3m shorter than this UK release. The time difference may well be due to technical factors however. More recently, Savage Terror was featured prominently in the completely re-written 2009 edition of The Art of the Nasty, ensuring that its collectability will endure, while it continues to command exceedingly high prices from collector’s in the know...

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