Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death

Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (1989)

Genres - Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Horror Comedy, Parody/Spoof  |   Release Date - Mar 15, 1989 (USA)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Italy, United States  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Review by Brian J. Dillard

Centerfold Shannon Tweed may be the putative star of this likable B-movie, but it's Adrienne Barbeau who gets to have the most fun. Poking fun not just at Marlon Brando but also at her own scream-queen image, the buxom brunette hits every mark like she's still hoofing it on Broadway instead of wading through an increasingly shallow pool of post-John Carpenter career options. As for the film itself, it never takes itself too seriously, and it never pauses long enough to make the silliness lose its charm. Heck, even Tweed comes off as a smart cookie thanks to her knowing smirk, her campy scientist getup, and her oh-so-intellectual spectacles. Bill Maher isn't much of an actor, but one could imagine him having made the leap to latter-day Mel Brooks satires instead of late-night TV; he more than holds his own. The title itself may be the best thing about Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death, but the flick just about lives up to its moniker.