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Directed by Ruggero Deodato
Written by Cesare Frugoni and Dardano Sacchetti
Starring Lisa Blount, Leonard Mann, Willie Aames, Richard Lynch, Richard Bright and Michael Berryman

A reporter and her cameraman connect a surviving Jonestown leader and a TV exec's missing son to a drug war where jungle installations are being massacred by an army of natives and a skilled white assassin.

The following tags are associated with this movie: jungle, gore
Cut and Run (1985)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

7 / 10
I've been wanting to watch this movie for quite some time, yet somehow I managed to go into it with tepid expectations and I think that this may have assisted with my surprising overall enjoyment of the film.

If you're familiar with Ruggero Deodato's most notoriously famous film, Cannibal Holocaust, you'll have some sort of an idea for what you'd be in for with this movie. However, Cut and Run substitutes the disturbing aura from Cannibal Holocaust and replaces it with conventional movie-style action sequences. Unless I've forgotten, as it's been a few days between my viewing and typing this actual review, but while the natives in the movie may be cannibals, I do not remember any seeing any noticeable acts of cannibalism taking place in the movie itself.

If you watch the most uncut version there is, you'll be treated to quite a few gory kill sequences as people lose theirs heads, limbs,, get torn apart and more. There's all kinds of weapons being used throughout with guns, knives and blades, spears among the other dangers with snakes and crocodiles also appearing as threats. As noted above, while some of the violence at times is extreme, it's a lot easier to swallow as it's got a much more polished movie type feel to it.

Cut and Run is an entertaining flick which has pumping 80's action theme music, some gory kills and Michael Berryman jumping out of nowhere on multiple occasions like some sort of crazed jungle slasher. If you were always put off by Cannibal Holocaust because of its disturbing aspects of cannibalism and rape, Cut and Run is the perfect alternative as it doesn't really have much of that stuff.
Cut and Run (1985)
Review by Michael Mahoney

6 / 10
Originally titled Inferno in diretta, this Italian movie is somewhat styled after the cannibal movies popular five years prior. Ruggero Deodato directed two of them (Jungle Holocaust and, most famously, Cannibal Holocaust), and came back to do this one, but it's a surprisingly tame affair.

Make no mistake, if you watch the uncut version of this one, you're going to get a lot of solid gore (such as a quality decapitation and, perhaps the best scene, a man being pulled apart by the legs), but there's no cannibalism whatsoever in the movie, and I can't help but feel the movie's not near as gritty as it should be.

That may not even be the biggest problem, though. Portions of the story were sort of interesting, but I have to admit to losing interest around halfway through, and Richard Lynch didn't engage me in the least, especially during his inane philosophical ramblings toward the end. Lynch (who was far better in Bad Dreams) wasn't a great antagonist, but even the best antagonist here (Michael Berryman) disappeared halfway through the film, and when he popped up again, it was somewhat pathetic.

I just didn't care that much for the plot. I liked the attacks by the native tribes (that opening sequence was on point), and Berryman made for a very scary opponent (I last saw him in Deadly Blessing, but I'd put this performance perhaps second only to The Hills Have Eyes), but I didn't much find interest in Willie Aames or Valentina Forte at all. Lisa Blount (Prince of Darkness) was fine, but I wasn't impressed by Leonard Mann and definitely not by Karen Black.

The gore here was great (and, again, I highly recommend the uncut version), but that's really all that was great. The jungle setting was good, but why watch a watered down movie like this when you can just go to Jungle Holocaust, Mountain of the Cannibal God, or hell, even Man from Deep River (which I didn't even care that much for)?

Cut and Run is an okay movie. I think it's certainly below average, but I'd still recommend it to fans of the classic Italian cannibal movies that this really couldn't capture the spirit of.
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