aka Deep River Savages, Sacrifice!
From director Umberto Lenzi (CANNIBAL FEROX, EATEN ALIVE) comes MAN FROM DEEP RIVER, a story about a British photographer (the excellent Ivan Rassimov) who's in Thailand on assignment. His first night in Thailand he attends a kickboxing match, gets into a bar fight, stabs a dude and then decides to ditch his annoying girlfriend. He figures he better lay low after his attempted murder and heads out to the jungle to get some photos. He travels by boat with a funny little Thai dude as his guide. He warned not to go too far up the river but doesn't listen. After waking up from a nap on the boat he finds his guide dead in the water with an arrow through his neck. So far I’m thinking none of this stuff is mentioned on the Thailand traveling brochure…wait a minute, yes, here it is right under the ‘underage prostitutes’ section.
Slowly he's accepted by the tribe and becomes one of them. Tribal acts that he found barbaric in the beginning, he now openly takes part in. When the cannibals (oh, hear they are) attack the first time he ends up defending the tribe as if they were his own. He also helps an ill boy with a DIY surgery and saves his life. Ultimately scoring himself some more points (not with the witch doctor who was convinced it was evil spirits…ain’t that always the way with witch doctors? Jeesh). He ends up marrying Maraya and knocking her up. Maraya gets sick due to the pregnancy and looses her sight. They try to escape yet again so Maraya can get to a ‘city’ doctor and are caught…again. Before the tribe can punish him, the cannibals return to attack the village and of course our hero (John by the way) helps defend it. Will John escape? Will he stay and become one of them? Are you still reading this review? Hi…thanks for hanging around.
Don't go into MAN FROM DEEP RIVER expecting CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST or you'll be disappointed. If you liked A MAN CALLED HORSE check it out. It has some slow moments, but over all it’s a well-made film and a set above grindhouse fair of the same era.