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Papaya: Love Goddess of the Cannibals -- THE EURO CULT CLASSIC FROM THE WARPED MIND OF ITALIAN SEX, SLEAZE AND HORROR MAESTRO, JOE D’AMATO.

Meet Papaya (Melissa Chimenti), voodoo priestess, sex siren, eco-activist, blood crazed cannibal and the star of director Joe D’Amato’s sexploitation classic, The Love Goddess Of The Cannibals, coming to DVD in June 2010 is a specially presented ‘Rebuild’ version courtesy of Shameless Screen Entertainment.

When big business geologists threaten her people and their ancestral lands with their plans to build a nuclear reactor, it’s up to Papaya to seduce and then kill those who threaten her ancient way of life.

Enter Sara (played by Finnish sex symbol, Sirpa Lane, star of Walerian Borowczyk’s art-porn classic ‘The Beast’);, a beautiful journalist hungry for a lead, who soon will be sucked into Papaya’s deadly vortex of perverse, violent carnality.
In a riot of bloody mutilation, Sapphic lovemaking and tribal drumming, the Love Goddess of the Cannibals takes her victims on delirious trip into jungle sleaze and violated flesh via an orgy of sex and death.

The Love Goddess Of The Cannibals (cert. 18) will be released on DVD (£15.99) by Shameless Screen Entertainment on 28th June 2010.

Special Features include: Shameless ‘Rebuild’ version; alternate title sequences; theatrical trailers; Shameless trailers; reversible sleeve featuring original artwork; English and Italian audio options with optional English subtitles.

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Director:
Writers:
Roberto Gandus (screenplay)
Renzo Maietto (adaptation)
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Release Date:
16 November 1978 (Italy) See more »
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Plot:
A team of geologists attempt to remove a native cannibal population from an island to perform atomic research, but the cannibals' female leader disposes of them one by one by seduction. | Add synopsis »
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Not really a cannibal flick, this is sexploitation all the way... See more (7 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Melissa Chimenti ... Papaya (as Melissa)
Sirpa Lane ... Sara
Maurice Poli ... Vincent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dakar ... Ceremony Leader (uncredited)

Directed by
Joe D'Amato 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roberto Gandus  screenplay
Renzo Maietto  adaptation

Produced by
Carlo Maietto .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stelvio Cipriani 
 
Cinematography by
Joe D'Amato  (as Aristide Massaccesi)
 
Film Editing by
Vincenzo Tomassi 
 
Production Design by
Mimmo Scavia 
 
Costume Design by
Mimmo Scavia 
 
Makeup Department
Marcello Di Paolo .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Alessandro Di Luca .... unit manager
Ugo Valenti .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donatella Donati .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Mario Ciccarella .... property master
 
Sound Department
Pietro Spadoni .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gino Conversi .... assistant camera
Fernando Massaccesi .... chief electrician
Luciano Micheli .... key grip
Guglielmo Vincioni .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Franco Malvestiti .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Aureliano Luppi .... script supervisor
Massimo Zaccariello .... cutting room assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Papaya dei Caraibi" - Italy (original title)
"Caribbean Papaya" - International (English title)
"Die of Pleasure" - Europe (English title)
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Runtime:
86 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Telecolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Italy:VM18 | UK:18 | USA:Not Rated (Severin films DVD) | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
German Import DVD has a Super-8mm Version (German language only), as a special feature on the disc.See more »

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Not really a cannibal flick, this is sexploitation all the way..., 3 May 2012
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Joe D'Amato seems to be Italy's answer to Jess Franco. As most of you no doubt know, this means he made a ridiculous number of exploitation films and pornos. Like Franco too, his output usually has the feeling of a man with a little bit of talent making a film with great speed and little concern for the end result. In fairness, Franco did at the very least direct some interesting and stylish erotic horror films but in the case of D'Amato it's simply trash all the way.

Love Goddess of the Cannibals is a sexploitation movie in the guise of a cannibal flick. Presumably it was retitled to this moniker to cash in on the brief cannibal craze in Italian cinema circa 1978-81. I say that it must've been repositioned to exploit this craze after the event because the movie has extremely little flesh-eating action. Come to think of it, I'm not even sure if there was any at all. What it does have though is lots and lots of sex and nudity. There are several endless soft-core fumbles that are surprisingly dull, all things considered. The best part in the film I thought was the native ceremony where some naked people get down and dance to some hilariously inappropriate 70's Euro funk. Sadly, there aren't too any other highlights for anyone who is not a D'Amato disciple. The pacing is pretty terrible and not a whole lot really seems to happen although the Caribbean location is admittedly quite diverting and does give the film a certain exotic flavour. It stars Maurice Poli of Rabid Dogs fame. It's a bit of an artistic fall for Maurice working under the great Mario Bava, only to then be prancing around with his John Thomas flapping about in a Joe D'Amato flick four years later.

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