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From the mid 1970's until around the mid 1980's, A slew of chiefly Italian films were made that are known as cannibal films and are considered to form one of the most extreme subgenres of horror. The premise for every film involves civilized, predominantly white protagonists venturing into remote South American/Asian jungles and encountering tribes of dark-skinned human-eaters. The tropes for these films are quite consistent, possibly because most of the films essentially ripped off one of three cannibal films that enjoyed financial success. These tropes include:

Compare Cannibal Clan, which is more or less the inverse of this trope, where the cannibals are typically white-trash types suffering from an advanced case of backwoods degeneracy.

Examples of Cannibal Tribe include:
  • The Man From Deep River 1972—was the first Italian cannibal film and introduced the notions of white people being trapped in cannibal territory, exotic rituals, white-native sex and Me Me Lai and Ivan Rassimov.
  • Last Cannibal World 1977—four plane passengers are stranded in a jungle, the brown-skinned members of the group die quickly, the main character is stripped, fondled and urinated on and watches the natives kill first one of their own using bull ants and then a crocodile. He escapes using Me Me Lai, who helps him survive before being eaten by the pursuing tribe.
  • Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals 1977
  • The Mountain of the Cannibal God 1978
  • Papaya, Love Goddess of the Cannibals 1978
  • Primitives 1979
  • Cannibal Holocaust, 1980—Upon the film's release, the director and producer Ruggero Deodato was arrested on the charge that they had had several of the actors murdered for the camera. Their names were cleared when they arranged for the "dead" actors to appear together on television. It has been suggested that The Blair Witch Project and The Last Broadcast appropriated their Mockumentary style from Cannibal Holocaust.
  • Eaten Alive! 1980
  • White Cannibal Queen 1980
  • Devil Hunter 1980
  • Cannibal Ferox, 1981—the natives capture two men who previously exploited them, along with three college students who have fallen in with them. The natives humiliate and kill all but one of them in slow, ritualistic fashion Hence the official & alternative movie title: Make Them Die Slowly.
  • Cannibal Terror 1981
  • Amazonia: The Catherine Miles Story 1985
  • Cannibal Ferox 2: Massacre in Dinosaur Valley
  • The Green Inferno 1988: By that time, film director Antonio Climati was considered to have put an end to the genre in 1988 with the film Natura Contro, which is also known as an unofficial sequel to Cannibal Holocaust.
  • Cannibal Women In The Avocado Jungle Of Death 1989 is a satire of those kinds of film that is better than it sounds. It had to be billed as Piranha Women etc etc in the UK to avoid association with the genre.
  • There's a Cannibal Tribe in Nation, but aside from being terrifying raiders who take human prisoners for slaves (and dinner, of course), they're really quite reasonable... and not nearly as terrifying as First Mate Cox.
  • Did you know? In 2003, director Bruno Mattei Directed & created 2 straight-to-video release Cannibal Films such as "Cannibal Ferox 3: Land of Death" & "Cannibal Holocaust 2: The Begining a.k.a. Mondo Cannibale". In Secret, It's the official sequel to the Original Cannibal Holocaust Movie. Both films are a Mix of Cannibal Ferox, Cannibal Holocaust, Predator, plus every other cannibal films from the 70s & 80s imaginiable & imagine they're thrown into not one but two giant blenders. Once that's done, you've got yourself 2 Demonic & Tainted Cannibal Films Forged from the Blackest/Darkest Pits of Hell.
  • Monkey Island features a former Cannibal Tribe that has since turned towards vegetarianism.
  • Mayincatec: Anthropologist Marvin Harris, and author of the 1977 book: Cannibals and Kings, has suggested that the flesh of the victims was a part of an aristocratic diet as a reward, since the Aztec diet was lacking in proteins. According to Harris, the Aztec economy would not support feeding them as slaves and the columns of prisoners were "marching meat".
  • A regular threat in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World.
  • Elements of this turn up in the South Seas Treasure Game from the 1981 novel Dream Park.
  • Spare the Rod: In this Disney cartoon, Donald Duck mistakes three cannibal pygmies who want to cook him for his nephews.
  • Alfred J Kwak: In the episode The Rainbow, the titular character gets boiled alive by cannibals, but is saved by a priestess in the next episode.