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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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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

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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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86 min
Color (Telecolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ (1980) | Italy:VM18 | UK:18 | USA:Not Rated (Severin films DVD) | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

German Import DVD has a Super-8mm Version (German language only), as a special feature on the disc.See more »
Papaya:My name is Papaya.
Sara:Papaya? What a funny name!
Papaya:And what's your name?
Sara:Me? Sara!
Papaya:Oh! What a funny name!
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Fair Love Goddess, 2 March 2009
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Papaya: Love Goddess of the Cannibals (1978)

** (out of 4)

Director D'Amato takes his sleaze to the Caribbean for the first time but this in turn would lead to a long line of films shot there including the infamous Porno Holocaust and Erotic Nights of the Living Dead. Unlike those two films this one here remains softcore throughout but, as with many of the director's films, the subject matter bounces all around. A reporter and a nuclear power scientist are on the island having some fun when they meet the strange but beautiful Papaya (Melissa Chimenti). What the two don't know is that Papaya might be a voodoo goddess ready to use her sexuality to have things do her own way and lets just say she doesn't want any nuclear power plant on her island. Whether or not you're going to like a film like this solely depends on what you feel about the genre at hand. D'Amato not only mixes the voodoo and horror genres with the sex and nudity but he also throws in some action, drama and even a silly ritual dance. Those expecting to see a cannibal film are going to be disappointed because that title was pretty much thrown on with the exception of one guy who takes a bite out of a human heart. The only other way this is connected to other cannibal movies is the fact that many animals here are slaughtered on camera. Two dead pigs are gutted and a chicken dies during a cockfight so animals lovers might want to stay away. As is also usual, the director throws in all sorts of sex and nudity but none of it is overly erotic and after a while it gets rather tiresome. The director also lets scenes roll on and on for way too long and this includes one where our couple is walking around with nothing happening for at least ten minutes. With that said, the women are attractive here and the story is mildly entertaining if you know what to expect. The opening sex scene/murder is ultra violent with a big splash of gore so these reasons might make people want to see the movie.

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