There’s that old rule—I don’t know where it originated, but it’s been around for a while—stating that, if you see nudity within the first five minutes of a movie, then it’s a safe bet that the movie is going to be garbage. (Exceptions are rare but they do exist. NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, for example.) If you see a babe in a bikini within the first five minutes, does the same apply? A bikini-clad lady followed immediately thereafter by a dude in a speedo, who should *not* be wearing a speedo? (Not that any guy should *ever* wear a speedo.) The slicing of some rare meat by said speedo-wearin’-dude is more telling here of what to expect from a movie called THE CANNIBAL CLUB from Uncork’d Entertainment, for which I was recently sent an advance screener. Fortunately the swimwear and the sizzlin’ human steaks didn’t signal a complete waste of my time. I found the movie, on the contrary, to be quite tasty.
Imagine THE HOWLING if the werewolves were not actually werewolves, just pampered human beings who like the taste of other humans, humans lower down on the economic totem pole, and the film had leaned more heavily on the satire, and if the movie (and the yuppies) was Brazilian instead of American, with subtitles. That gives you the skinny on this one. Go into it expecting more in the way of social commentary and black comedy than CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST action (although there are a couple’a scenes that might make you wince, if you’re the squeamish type) and you won’t be disappointed.
THE CANNIBAL CLUB is getting a limited theatrical release in the US the first of March, with a VOD release following on its heels. Take a bite if you get a chance.
Oh, and by the way, the nudity with this one came within the first *10 minutes* of the film. So did the cannibalism. Just in case you were wondering.