New Release: Cannibal Girls DVD

Shout! Factory released the delightfully demented 1973 Canadian horror spoof Cannibal Girls on DVD on Oct. 26, 2010, which marked the film’s U.S. home entertainment debut. The movie carried a suggested retail price of $22.97.

Directed by Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters), the cult favorite movie stars SCTV regulars Eugene Levy (Waiting for Guffman) and Andrea Martin (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as a couple on a romantic holiday who settle into a quaint little bed-and-breakfast run by a trio of flesh-eating ladies who fancy the guests for tomorrow’s menu.

Released in theaters in 1973, Cannibal Girls quickly acquired a reputation as the B-movie concoction of the 1970s. On top of the film’s overt B-movie presentation, the producers tore a page from the William Castle book of exploitation, introducing to the theatre-going public the “warning bell” experience: just prior to a scene of particular malice and gore, viewers would be warned by the sound of a bell, at which point, they could shut their eyes.

On DVD, Cannibal Girls is presented in widescreen, mastered from restored film elements.

The DVD also is loaded up with the following special features:

  • “Cannibal Guys” — a conversation with Ivan Reitman and Daniel Goldberg
  • “Meat Eugene” — Richard Crouse talks to Eugene Levy
  • original trailers and radio spots
  • alternate audio track featuring “The Warning Bell”


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.