Ruggero Deodato directed this gory cannibal movie, one of many to pour out of Italy in the wake of Il Paese del Sesso Selvaggio (1972), which also starred Me Me Lay and Ivan Rassimov. Rassimov's plane crashes in the Amazon jungle, and he is soon captured by a Stone-Age tribe, which tries to kill him -- until a native woman (Lay) frees him for sex and pays with her life. There is real mondo-style footage of animals devouring each other to go along with staged horrors such as Lay being gutted and having her body cavity filled with hot coals. Deodato returned with the more extreme Cannibal Holocaust a few years later. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
If you don't like gory movies, stop reading and find something else to watch. The gore is almost decent. There are few human killings, one intense alligator killing, and some okay, discovery-channel-esque animal-on-animal deaths. This is Deodato's predecessor to Cannibal Holocaust. The movies are the first two in an as-yet unfinished cannibal trilogy (however, you might as well consider Cannibal Ferox the third). Jungle is the more story-driven, socially acceptable of the two. Cannibal is the gorier, more controversial one. See them both. As a movie, I like Jungle better. For shock and scare value, go with Cannibal Holocaust.
Not that gory by modern standards, still a bit visually rough for a weak stomach. The story line was predictable, the acting low grade B movie but it is still worth watching for a new twist on a very old, tired storyline. Me Me Lai is hot and a decent actress but I'd like to see her in a real film. Worth watching for cannibal movie fans.
Jungle Holocaust is an excellent cannibal movie for those interested in this infamous genre. The movie captures the mysterious and bewildering nature of the Mindanao rainforest. The acting is very mediocre over all (but quite good for the genre). The special effects are crude, but effective. For those interested in the exploitation elements common to cannibal films, this movie will not disappoint. Finally, Jungle Holocaust is also known for its National-Geographic-like moments, such as when the cameraman gets a live action shot of a python eating a Komono Dragon.