February 11, 2004

Movie Review - Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death

This is one of my all-time favorite movies. It pokes fun at everyone and everything, managing to slip from parody to parody without totally falling over the stupid-cliff. In fact, in places it's downright erudite.

The beginning of this movie is reminiscent of the opening of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Well, not really, but work with me here. The story moves right along, where the feminist anthropologist Dr. Hunt (Playboy playmate-of-the-year Shannon Tweed, playing the part almost straight) is coerced by the US Military to enter the dreaded Avocado Jungle of California to search for the mythical Piranha tribe and the missing feminist Dr. Kurtz (Adrienne Barbeau).

Cutie Karen Mistal as sidekick Bunny provides airhead relief, and Bill Maher plays the guide.

I don't want to give any spoilers, because I really do recommend this movie. Like Starship Troopers Earth vs. Soup, ignore the title and be prepared to enjoy this movie more than you thought you would.

Sample dialog:

Dr. Hunt: "Dr Kurtz. I'm unfamiliar with the academic guidelines at Radcliffe, but I would think that any major university would consider warring on the United States and eating prisoners of war a serious breach of ethics."

Dr. Kurtz: "Always the cautious scholar, eh Dr. Hunt?"

Go on, take a chance. Run out right now and rent this movie. You'll thank me, and if you don't like it, well, then there's just something wrong with you.

Posted by Ted at February 11, 2004 05:09 AM
Category: Cult Flicks

Maybe you can settle an argument: Did Bunny fantasise about being tied up with licorice, or was it jelly snakes?

Posted by: Pixy Misa at February 11, 2004 09:49 AM

Bunny talked about foot-long ropes of red licorice. It helps if you can hum Bolero too.

Posted by: Ted at February 11, 2004 10:11 AM


i love these reviews! please never stop.

politics aside - i enjoy your site tons, keep up the good work!


Posted by: coyote at February 11, 2004 01:08 PM

Thanks coyote, there's a whole bunch of reviews in the works. And I keep reminding myself that - for me - politics and religion should be private things.

Posted by: Ted at February 12, 2004 08:35 AM

Who is the red haired woman on the cover of the DVD? The one armed with a bow in the movie? She is not credited.

Posted by: John at August 13, 2004 12:48 AM

I have no idea. On my copy, there's three women standing together, I assume you're talking about the one on the left, because the other two are Tweed and Barbeau.

Posted by: Ted at August 17, 2004 09:10 PM
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