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Papaya: Love Goddess of the Cannibals (1978) More at IMDbPro »Papaya dei Caraibi (original title)


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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Roberto Gandus (screenplay)
Renzo Maietto (adaptation)
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Release Date:
16 November 1978 (Italy) See more »
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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  (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

Production CompaniesDistributors

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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86 min
Color (Telecolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Italy:VM18 | UK:18 | USA:Not Rated (Severin films DVD) | West Germany:18

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


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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Mediocre D'amato Effort, 14 December 2008
Author: Rapeman from New Zealand

It must be said that, alongside Jess Franco, Joe D'Amato is one of the undisputed kings of exploitation. His films such as Anthropophagous, Beyond the Darkness, Images in a Convent, Caligula: The Untold Story and his sleaze-filled Black Emanuelle sagas are bona fide classicks of the "genre". Papaya: Love Goddess of the Cannibals is one of his lesser known titles which has now been made available fully uncensored for the first time on DVD by the fine folks at Severin Films.

Maurice Poli (Rabid Dogs, Five Dolls for an August Moon) is part of a team of Geologists who, for reasons unexplained, are installing a nuclear reactor on a remote Caribbean island paradise. Before long Maurice unexpectedly bumps into his old reporter friend Sirpa Lane (La Bete) who just happens to be vacationing on the island. (Cue plenty of softcore sex as the old chums get reacquainted). When the couple picks up a hitchhiking native named Papaya, she tells them of an ancient annual ritual happening nearby and they decide to go along and check it out… and end up getting much more than they bargained for.

Papaya opens with probably one of the best scenes in the film; island sexpot Papaya seduces a bearded Geologist in his hut by rubbing fruit on his body then castrates him with her teeth. This is the first of two scenes of cannibalism in the film. The rest of it is pretty much held together with an abundance of sex set against a picturesque tropical backdrop and a vague plot which involves the natives protesting against having a nuclear reactor built on their island by having Papaya seduce and kill all the Geologists involved.

The title of the film is very misleading and the name on the actual print is Caribbean Papaya which makes much more sense because as mentioned above there are only two very brief scenes of cannibalism, the aforementioned one and another which is during the cannibal ritual and involves the eating of a sacrificial victims heart and some dead pigs being graphically gutted.

One thing there is no lack of though is sex & nudity - Nordic sleaze princess Sirpa Lane gets her kit off plenty and so does Melissa Chimenti who plays local temptress Papaya and looks a little like transvestite actor/tress Ajita Wilson which can be either a good or bad thing I guess depending on your orientation. The sex can sometimes be pretty graphic for softcore and there's plenty of variety from interracial couplings to threesomes and even a full-blown "cannibal" orgy underscored with some irresistibly funky disco beats.

Ultimately I cant say this is a must-have D'Amato film; it's basically a mediocre softcore fare with some vague cannibalism themes thrown in for added shock value. For Sirpa Lane fan-boys and/or D'Amato completists only.

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