Cannibal Women In The Avocado Jungle Of Death (1989) U.S. Blu-ray

141043_frontApparently feminism taken to the utmost extreme becomes cannibalism. That’s the angle Cannibal Women In The Avocado Jungle Of Death takes in what I was hoping was a horror-comedy, but what I saw last night was just comedy and not very funny comedy at that. More like intermittent chuckle worthy comedy I would better describe it. About the only things it’s got going for it is Bill Maher, Shannon Tweed, Adrienne Barbeau, Karen Mistal and a rather tame T&A factor, but a T&A factor nonetheless and that’s better than none when dealing with cannibal chicks. About the only death we get in the flick is an avocado harvester in the beginning who takes a couple of well placed arrows to the chest and dies right before our eyes. There is a death at the end, but it’s off screen and not as potent, despite piranhas being involved and even then there’s no gore on display.

Shannon Tweed plays a professor specializing in feminism, who’s hit up one day by a couple of (male) government officials who want her to broker a truce with the Piranha Women, a tribe of extreme feminists who retreated into the “uncharted territory” of this “Avocado Jungle” in California. Apparently until recently it was safe to harvest avocados from the perimeter, but recently the Piranha Women, who inhabit the interior, have been branching out, attacking and killing the male harvesters. And we have an avocado shortage, or so claims these government agents, hence an emissary is needed.

Making the situation even more interesting for Margo Hunt (Tweed) is a famous feminist by the name of Dr. Kurtz (Barbeau) tried to explore the jingle once but never returned. So, being forced into this emissary/explorer/investigator role, she heads out to the untamed outpost of the jungle (aka San Bernardino) to recruit a guide. This guide comes in the form of comedian Bill Maher, the antithesis of Margot, and someone she’s once had a one-night stand with. She also takes along hot coed, Bunny (Karen Mistal), as a side-kick, basically the comedic eye candy of the trio.

Once inside the jungle we learn the Pirahna Women aren’t the only tribe in existence, there’s The Donnahews, a tribe of subservient men that knit, crochet and serve hot chocolate instead of beer, but Jim (Maher) changes all that in one night. A gang rape almost results with poor Bunny. And then there’s the Barracuda Women, who are exactly the same as the Piranha Women except they rebelled because they didn’t think guacamole should be served with man meat. It should be clam dip. Okay?

Once they reach the stronghold they learn Kurtz is actually the leader and her plans include writing a book on her cannibalistic life, getting back on the talk show circuit and getting relevant again.

Jim’s falling for Bunny. Bunny wants to join the cannibal chick club, but her initiation requires her to bang Jim and then eat him. Jim’s conflicted on this whole bang and eat thing. And Margot finds a potential love interest in a manservant the women keep. All this leads to the eventual and predictable face-to-face with Kutz. She dies and throws herself into the piranha pool. Truce is made. All is well once again in California. The movie ends. And thank God it ends.

This flick has been released twice previously, once in 1998 by eOne Entertainment and once in 2013 by Full Moon. Full Moon finally brings it to blu-ray and it’s available right now on Amazon.

Video/Audio/Subtitles: 1080p 1.78:1 high definition widescreen—2.0 English Dolby Digital—No subtitles

Video looked fine to me and for the most part the audio was too, but there were a couple of instances where background sound effects, like a running stream., sounded “tinny,” had a kind of echo to it. It was the same problem I ran into on Mill Creek’s blu of Last Action Hero (1993), except there that “tinny” sound was more widespread. It doesn’t distract here since I only heard it in a couple of scenes.

The only extras are trailers for a few Full Moon titles.

I do find the whole concept to be solid; we don’t get enough “battle of the sexes” horror flicks, even if they are insanely tame as this one is, maybe because they hit too close to home, I don’t know. I’ve always been aware of this movie, but until recently, like in the past year and a half, I didn’t know it was an actual comedy. I thought it was a cannibal flick, but I’m not a big fan of them, which is why I never sought it out. I just don’t have the stomach for that sub-genre, but when I was finally aware of the cast and the fact it might be a horror comedy, I thought, sure, I could stomach that. I was wrong, on it being a horror comedy and being able to stomach it.


About Shawn Francis

Movie collector and horror writer.
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