Canuxploitation fans take note: Shout! Factory is dish­ing up a savory delight for you this Halloween in the form of a DVD of Cannibal Girls.  For those who don’t know the title, this exploita­tion gem was con­coct­ed by future com­e­dy-flick auteur Ivan Reitman and pro­vid­ed ear­ly roles for future SCTV stars Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin.  It will be pre­sent­ed in a new­ly-remas­tered ver­sion bol­stered with plen­ty of extras.  Best of all, it will also include the “warn­ing bell” gim­mick added for the American release on an alter­nate audio track.  Read on for all the cutie-pie can­ni­bal details…

When the Warning Bell Rings – close your eyes if you’re squea­mish!

JUST IN TIME FOR THIS YEAR’S HALLOWEEN SEASON, SHOUT! FACTORY SERVES UP 

THE LONG AWAITED IVAN REITMAN HORROR CLASSIC 

THAT WILL HAVE YOU CRAVING SECONDS…


CANNIBAL GIRLS

Directed by Ivan Reitman, Starring Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin and Robert Ulrich 

THE POPULAR 1973 CANUCKSPOLITATION HORROR FILM FINALLY DEBUTS ON THE HOME ENTERTAINMENT SHELVES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE U.S

Featuring Scrumptious DVD Bonus Content Including 

A Conversation with Ivan Reitman and Daniel Goldberg, 

Film Critic Richard Crouse Interviews Eugene Levy, Alternate Audio Track Featuring “The Warning Bell ”, Original Radio Spots and more!

OWN IT ON DVD OCTOBER 26, 2010 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY 

Hungry for thrills and high camp this Halloween? SCTV reg­u­lars Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin star in the Canadian hor­ror spoof Cannibal Girls 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 them for tomorrow’s menu. Pull up a seat at the table for this delight­ful feast when this cult hor­ror clas­sic Cannibal Girls, direct­ed by Ivan Reitman, final­ly makes its way on DVD in the United States for the first time October 26, 2010 from Shout! Factory.

Packed with all-new bonus con­tent fea­tur­ing, orig­i­nal pro­mo­tion­al mate­ri­als, alter­nate audio track fea­tur­ing the cult-famous “warn­ing bell” and all-new inter­views with Ivan Reitman, Eugene Levy, and Daniel Goldberg, this DVD fur­ther boasts the widescreen pre­sen­ta­tion of the movie, mas­tered from the new­ly restored orig­i­nal film ele­ments.  Cannibal Girls DVD is priced to own at $22.97 SRP.

Theatrically released in 1973, Cannibal Girls quick­ly acquired a rep­u­ta­tion as the B-movie con­coc­tion of the 1970s. Canadian audi­ences had nev­er before expe­ri­enced such a rich blend of camp, gore and com­e­dy. 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.

The movie was made on a low bud­get — $12,000 the duo had to beg and bor­row from friends, rel­a­tives and some dubi­ous sources — and most of the dia­logue was impro­vised. Despite cost over­runs and reshoots, Reitman per­suad­ed American International Pictures (AIP) to dis­trib­ute the film and it was released in the U.S. in April of 1973 and in Canada that June.

This trashy black com­e­dy, and at-times, sur­re­al film was the first leg in the enter­tain­ment indus­try jour­ney of its direc­tor and stars. Ivan Reitman, of course, went on to direct Meat Balls, Stripes, Ghostbusters and Six Days, Seven Nights. Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin went on to fame as SCTV reg­u­lars, with Levy going on to star in the American Pie fran­chise and a host of oth­er films and Martin star­ring in a vari­ety of TV series and one-wom­an shows.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Widescreen movie pre­sen­ta­tion – mas­tered from restored film ele­ments
  • 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”

CANNIBAL GIRLS (1973)

American International Pictures

Starring Eugene Levy,  Andrea Martin, Robert Ulrich; co-star­ring Randall Carpenter, Bonnie Neilson, Mira Pawluk, Bob McHeady

Directed by Ivan Reitman

Produced by Daniel Goldberg

Executive Producer: Ivan Reitman

Story by Daniel Goldberg and Ivan Reitman

Screenplay by Robert Sandler

Cinematography by Robert Saad

Edited by Daniel Goldberg

Running time: 84 min­utes

Rated: R

Color, 16x9 Widescreen

Cannibal Girls

Cannibal Girls

A young cou­ple spends the night in a restau­rant only to find out that it is occu­pied by three wom­en who hunger for human flesh in this this hor­ror film from the direc­tor of clas­sic com­e­dy, Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, Stripes, Meatballs). This 1973 long sought-after cult movie was known for a “warn­ing bell” gim­mick, which rang in the­atres to warn the more squea­mish mem­bers of the audi­ence for impend­ing gory or erotic scenes.Stars: Eugene Levy (American Pie, Splash), Andrea Martin (SCTV, Black Christmas)Bonus Features:“Cannibal Guys” — A Conversation with Ivan Reitman and Daniel Goldberg“Meat Eugene!” – Richard Crouse Talks With Eugene LevyOriginal Trailers and Radio SpotsAlternate Audio Track Featuring “The Warning Bell”