Cult Movies

Cult Movie Essentials: Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (1988)

If you watched Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death and thought it may seem familiar you might not be mistaken as the plot has sprinklings of Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now within it.

It opens with the U.S. government grows worried for the nation’s avocado supply after some confrontations with the “Piranha” tribe of cannibal women, who live in the mysterious “Avocado Jungle” and ritually sacrifice and eat men.

To combat this the government recruits Margo Hunt (Shannon Tweed), a professor of feminist studies at a local university (“Spritzer College”), to travel into the Avocado Jungle and make contact with the women to attempt to convince them to move to a reservation/condo in Malibu.

Along the way, she and her travelling companions — male chauvinist guide Jim (Maher) and ditzy undergraduate Bunny (Karen Mistal) — meet a tribe of subservient men called the “Donnahew” (a reference to talk-show host Phil Donahue) and face dangers in their path.

Eventually, the trio (Margo, Bunny and Jim) meets the Piranha women, who have recently taken Dr. Kurtz (played by Adrienne Barbeau) as their “empress.” Kurtz is Dr. Hunt’s former colleague in feminist studies (the internationally famous author of Smart Women, Stupid Insensitive Men) and now her nemesis; she has joined the tribe of Piranha women with her own exploitative agenda. The two argue about the morality of sacrificing men and the exploitation of the Piranha women and a feud emerges from that…

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