Cannibal Women In The Avocado Jungle

4.81 h 29 min198913+
A sexy college professor is assigned to investigate a sudden, disastrous avocado shortage, after her predecessor, a Dr. Kurtz never returns from the dreaded California Avocado Jungle.
J.D. AthensJ.F. Lawton
Shannon TweedAdrienne BarbeauBill Maher
English [CC]
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Gary W. GoldsteinCharles Band
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John S.Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
A B-movie containing low production value, but with none of the other virtues of the genre.
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Sure, the box cover has three hot ladies on it (some of them are known to show skin), and with a name like "Cannibal women in the Avocado Jungle", the viewer is certainly expecting a movie that fits the B-genre.

Alas, no. Well, the budget and (horrible) production value certainly fall into the B-category, the plot line and other 'virtues' (cough)gratuitousnudity(cough) of the category are missing.

The plot is a bit of parody of "Heart of Darkness" (and Apocalypse Now) in that the protagonists go deep into the "Avocado jungles of southern California" to seek the fate of Dr. Kurtz, who went missing on an earlier expedition.

The movie lampoons extreme Feminism: Shannon Tweed play a stereotypical uptight Women's Studies professor (Margo Hunt), who seems a caricature only until she meets Adrienne Barbeau's character (Dr. Kurtz), who is an more exaggerated, militant feminist. The satire of Feminism would be typical in a lot of B-Movies, so the ready willingness it does this at first seems appropriate. However, the plot betrays this:
1. "Bunny", an airhead who clearly doesn't belong among the intelligentsia of Dr. Kurtz/Margo Hunt, takes up the Feminist mantle by offering to join the cannibals and kill her first man.
2. The expedition party comes across the males of the jungle, who are fearful of all women and domesticated to the point of ridiculousness: they throw tea parties and crochet their own clothing.
3. After the teaser of nudity (censored in the Amazon streaming video) in the opening scenes...there's nothing. Not even some sexy poses or anything at all even meant to titillate. The women wear tribal clothing, but nothing about the cinematography or the camera takes advantage of this fact. In a B Movie/exploitation flick, you lose all credibility if you don't deliver those goods.
4. Sacrificial men in the temple of the cannibal women are a reverse parody of 'typically objectified' women: intelligent, sensitive beefy hunks, who are nevertheless upset to be only valued for their meat (literally).

In the end, then, the movie honors sex-negative Feminism more than it lampoons it. For the underlying messages and (especially) the stubborn refusal to add sex appeal to any part of the movie, I give it the low rating. Not because honoring sex-negative Feminism in a movie is wrong, but because honoring sex-negative Feminism in THIS kind of movie (which typically honors sex-positive Feminism) is more than wrong....its a betrayal.
15 people found this helpful
Curious CarlReviewed in the United States on May 3, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Plot not so good. The quality of the production is just mediocre
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Notable for the actors involved. Plot not so good. The quality of the production is just mediocre. This movie was hard to get for a while; rumor has it that Adrienne didn't want it circulated, once her career took off. One way to look at it is that this is a porn movie with no sex. Certainly it's a hilarious romp, and belongs in every serious collection of laughably bad movies.
7 people found this helpful
mararedReviewed in the United States on June 30, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hilarious spoof - a classic B movie!
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This is one of my all time favorite movies. It's a hilarious spoof on Heart of Darkness, and a B-movie all the way, down to the classically stereotyped characters and the low budget settings. It pokes fun at feminism, academia, and stereotypical gender roles.
The basic plot line is that the whole eastern part of Southern California is a vast avocado jungle, inhabited by cannibalistic feminist "natives" who eat men with guacamole dip. The US government claims to want to protect the "free world's last avocado source" by retaking the avocado jungle. They recruit a feminist scholar from Spitzer College (actually set at UC Riverside) to make contact with the cannibal women. On her mission she takes along a stereotyped "girly" girl, Bunny (who wears all pink, takes a curling iron, and has fantasies about being tied up with red licorice) and a bigoted but bumbling male chauvinist. The result is a hilarious romp. Academic types will love all the academic jokes: "Your methodology is shabby!"
I agree with the other reviewers that the picture and sound quality is not great. I've personally never been able to find a high quality version of this movie. I think it just doesn't exist. This is not the Matrix or some other high budget DVD. In some ways, though, the sound and picture quality is kind of classic. It very much goes along with the whole "feel" of the movie. A B-movie through and through.
Warning: there's a short scene with nudity at the beginning, for those who would be disturbed by this.
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D. SolomonReviewed in the United States on April 24, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beyond Your Wildest Imagination!
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I believe this exciting, thrill packed adventure was nominated for some Academy Awards back in the day! Of course I'm being facetious. The main reasons for sitting through this fiasco are watching the always watchable Adrienne Barbeau and the non-acting performance of actor Bill Maher. A real curio, but fun to watch. You will also enjoy following the plot, because there isn't one!
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InYourDreamsReviewed in the United States on September 29, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good comedy never gets old
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I was just watching this movie again for the umpteenth time and enjoying again for the umpteenth time. Since the moment I caught it on a Comedy Channel Saturday afternoon T&A (I don't think I have to explain that) movie back in the early '90's, I've been a huge fan. I know it's campy, but it is great fun. I think it's because the actors know it's silly, but they play it seriously. There are so many great lines, "I'd bet you'd like to eat me right now, Dr. Hunt!" and Jim - "and ever since then, I crawled into a whiskey bottle and..." Margo - "Oh, Jim, not the whiskey bottle again!", you'd be hard pressed not to laugh out loud or at least giggle and smirk at the goofiness. My favorite scene is Margo getting her "supplies" to go into the jungle. Classic! Buy it! You'll want to see it again!
7 people found this helpful
Habeas CinemusReviewed in the United States on June 10, 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
Original, but not very good.
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This was a baffling movie. Sort of smart (references to *two* Joseph Conrad novels), and sort of not. Sort of political, and sort of not. And sort of funny ... but mostly not. It acted like it was trying to make some edgy (if very dated) social commentary, but ultimately it was too silly and not entertaining enough.

Suggested double feature: Amazon Women on the Moon. (Try telling your coworkers that you watched those two movies in a single weekend!)
4 people found this helpful
Michael ValdivielsoReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars
What's up, Doc?
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Cannibal Women in the avocado jungle of death is very, very funny. The basic idea is that the USA is running short of avocados and they need to make a deal with the Piranha Women to increase the free world's supply (it turns out that the Reds have started to beat us in the avocado race). So Shannon Tweed (Hot Dog), with the help of a guide played by Bill Maher (Politically Incorrect) and her student Bunny played by Karen Mistal (Return Of The Killer Tomatoes) must go into the jungle of death. Luckily Bill has a copy of the guide book.

Starring Adrienne Barbeau (Escape From New York) as the leader of the Piranha Women the film is a hoot. The movie is soaking in humor. For example the savages are said to speak a primitive language. French, in other words. And the jungle boat ride is compared to the Disney one (even with a hippo attack).

From Shannon collecting all she needs for the journey, selecting her notepads to deciding which bullets to take, to Bill trying to teach a tribe of Donahues how to be REAL MEN, with a beer scene right out of 2001, there is no limit to the funniness and a few adult jokes are placed here and there. The fight between Shannon and Barbeau COULD have been better - they don't know how to fence at all.

There is a message buried inside the silliness, about male and female relationships, but that's not allowed to screw up the comedy. To counter the weak serious theme there is some brief nudity, at the beginning, when the amazons are having a swim in the river and both Tweed and Mistal look good in the tight skins the Piranha women wear. Mistal does wear a lot of pink outfits, mostly what look like swimsuits, which is a pleasure to see. So it's all good, clean, adult fun! Great for a 90 minute flick. Get it used or new.
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Kevin KierskyReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Avocado Jungle of Mirth +++
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"Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death" is a constant flow of common cliches and classical B movie glitches. It has equal fun with politically incorrect and correct views of academia, feminsim, militarism and capitalism via such ongoing steriotypes. Like a few other [suppossed] B movies -- such as "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" and "Doctor Strangelove" -- this movie is able to use such steriotypes to be full of unending humor and mirth while also offering humorous checks to big taboos and totems of post WW II modernism. Like Killer Tomatoes and Strangelove, Cannibal Women rises above the B movie field with its spot-on singular gestalt to be one-of-a-kind -- maybe the best "B movie" of all for me -- showing the only partial validity of such ratings. AS an entertaining and engaging movie, Cannibal Women IS as fine and fun as any movie I have seen -- with ongoing scenery, action, dialog and acting -- for a flow of vivid color. By-the-way, lovely Adrienne Barbeau seems to handle her dueling epee with some real skill -- for one of the many little expert singular aspects of this Avocado Jungle of Mirth +++
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