"Brutes and Savages (1977)" Review

Synopsis: This controversial documentary, featuring music by Riz Ortolani and first released in 1978, charts the journey of explorer Arthur Davis, who travels to then-unknown regions of Africa and South America to purportedly shed light on the life of their residents. What results is a chronicle filled with unusual tribal rituals and sensationalistic traditions that may not exactly capture the truth behind how the locals lived, loved and worked.

Review: What we have here is another "mondo" film from the 70's that tries to be realistic ,but unlike most other mondo films this one fails horribly. Most the time when I watch a film like this I sometimes get fooled into believing that what I am seeing is real even it is not and that's mainly because of how truly authentic they make the scene look. Now when it comes to Brutes and Savages what you get is some really badly put together scenes mashed in between scenes of real animals killing each other. The best example of badly put together scenes is when they show the tribe in the beginning of the film and they have this makeup that is too perfectly done along the side of a fight scene that makes the fight scene in Ace Ventura When Nature Calls seem more exciting and more realistic ,but to top it off it has the worst alligator fight scene that has ever been captured on film. In the alligator fight scene they switch back and forth between clips of a real alligator, a man fighting a fake alligator head in a pool not to mention without makeup, and a guy fighting a fake alligator in a river with makeup. When I thought it couldn't get any worse when I finally reach the last scene of the film I get a shot of 2 guys taking turns while fucking lamas. Basically if you want to watch a good "mondo" film then I highly suggest you look into something like the Mondo Cane series ,but if you are interested in seeing something completely rediculous then I say pick this one up!Overall this is the worst of the "mondo" films that I have seen come out of the 70's ,but is worth watching at least once to watch in all it's badly done glory!

-Daniel Damnation

Director: Arthur Davis
Genre: Mondo
DVD Release Year: 2003
Theatrical Release Year: 1977
Time Length: 107 mins.
Company: Synapse Films