Blu-ray Review: Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals

Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (aka Trap Them and Kill Them) was written and directed by Joe D’Amato and stars Laura Gemser as Emanuelle, with Gabriele TintiMonica Zanchi, Nieves Navarro, Annamaria Clementi and Donald O’Brien also starring.

In 1977, infamous filth auteur Joe D’Amato (BEYOND THE DARKNESS, ANTHROPOPHAGUS) combined the insane extremes of eroticism and cannibalism for the most groin-grinding, gut-munching, gore-spewing EuroSleaze saga of them all: When journalist Emanuelle (the ever-luscious Laura Gemser of BLACK EMANUELLE fame) discovers evidence of an extinct cannibal tribe in a Manhattan mental hospital, her investigation will take her to the Amazon jungle for an orgy of carnage that SexGoreMutants calls “…feral, demented and nasty. And in exploitation terms, that’s entertainment!” Gabriele Tinti (EMANUELLE IN AMERICA), Monica Zanchi (SISTER EMANUELLE) and Donald O’Brien (DOCTOR BUTCHER, M.D.) co-star in “the flesh & fear masterpiece from the late great splatter genius” (DVD Beaver) released to ‘80s grindhouses as TRAP THEM AND KILL THEM and now scanned in 2k from original vault elements.

Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (1977) follows Emanuelle, a beautiful reporter who goes on an investigative expedition to South America to try and connect the origins behind a mysterious woman that she’s come in contact with and the last cannibal tribe thought to have been extinct for over fifty years. She joins a professor and the two of them hit it off in more ways than one – hubba hubba!

When they arrive in the jungle, they’re joined by a small group of people for what becomes a sex-filled adventure for all that slowly turns into a fight for their lives when they ultimately come face-to-face with this lost cannibal tribe and unfortunately for them the tribe is hungry. The expedition turns deadly as the cannibals pick off and dine on members of the group but somehow Emmanuelle, the professor and another female survivor from the group are somehow able to find a way to escape this erotic and terrifying adventure.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. You can see it down below. This Severin release comes in a black keepcase which helps it stand out from the others. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The film has been given a brand new 2K scan by Severin Films from original vault elements. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition upgrade were really good. There’s a little grain but other than that I didn’t really have any major issues with the video and audio for this Blu-ray release.

Bottom line is, Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals was another first time watch for me and an interesting one because this was my first introduction to this iconic female character even though I’ve heard about her for years. What I’ve noticed by watching these two Black Emanuelle movies back to back is that the story really doesn’t have to be that good because the movies focus more on the main character and her sexcapades throughout the watch – along with other characters who are also getting it on grindhouse-style. This sexploitation gorefest was helmed by Joe D’Amato who’s one of the best when it comes to Italian sleeze and this movie doesn’t skimp on it at all. It’s pretty much soft porn with some blood and gore thrown in thanks to the cannibals, but as bad as it is, it’s kind of a fun watch – especially for first-timers like myself. There’s some really bad acting in this as well as some serious inpromptu love making along with some cringing castrations, decapitations, and nipple slicing, so if you’re easily offended then you should probably pass on this one, otherwise go ahead and check it out and enjoy this old school cinematic trash from the 70’s. Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals will be available on Blu-ray in the U.S. on May 8th and Severin Films is also offering a Limited Edition release that comes with a slipcover along with some cool extras.

Distributor: Severin Films

Run Time: 94 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1) / Region A

Blu-ray Audio: Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 / English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! There’s over an hour of extras that include interviews with some of the cast and crew and the theatrical trailer.

  • The World Of Nico Fidenco: An Interview With Composer Nico Fidenco (27:04)
  • A Nun Among The Cannibals: An Interview With Actress Annamaria Clementi (22:53)
  • O’Brien MD: An Interview With Actor Donald O’Brien (18:47)
  • From Switzerland To Mato Grosso: An Interview With Actress Monika Zanchi (18:40)
  • I Am Your Black Queen: Laura Gemser Archive Audio Interview (11:25)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:33)


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