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La esclava blanca (1985)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  1985 (Spain)
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A young couple go an a safari for their honeymoon but they are captured by the guide and sold to a tribe of savages.

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Mabel Escaño
Agustín Gil
José Llamas
Conchita Montes
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A young couple go an a safari for their honeymoon but they are captured by the guide and sold to a tribe of savages. Written by Anonymous

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Another terrible Franco jungle adventure with barely any action.
26 November 2014 | by (Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

I had to watch this in Spanish (NOT my first language nor one I'm fluent in), but seeing how there's no review for this one anywhere and it deserves a little something, I'll try to do the best I can. Things start with young newlyweds Mary and Oliver arranging an African safari for their honeymoon. Along with a guide ("Michel Ross" / José Miguel García), his lover (Mabel Escaño), a junkie helper ("Jose Lamas" / José Llamas) and a few other locals to help carry everything, they loads up their jeeps and head out into the jungle where they snap photos of parrots, monkeys, elephants, hippos, zebras, giraffes and tigers (all clearly filmed at some zoo). They then park their jeeps and make a long journey through the woods while spooky music plays; finally setting up camp and then going on another hike. The young couple are unaware of the fact that the entire time they've been trailed by a native girl dressed in animal rags (who also sports an afro and pencil-thin drawn-on eyebrows!) and that they're being set up by their guide.

Oliver is soon shot and killed and Mary flees into the woods but is quickly captured by a bunch of spear-chucking natives and dragged back to the tribe's cave where she has her panties removed, her shirt ripped off and is then tied to a pole and shot up with heroin. Ir's revealed that the guide and his accomplices do this same routine quite often because the native chief gives them diamonds in exchange for young females they can sacrifice to their lizard god. 40 minutes in, the film then drops all the momentum it's built up by moving the "action" to the city and focusing its attentions on Lina Romay and two other guys. Lina plays a karate instructor (!) who sleeps in the nude (does she sleep any other way?) During one scene, she beats up the guys. In another scene, the guys beat her up. They go to a club to listen to some terrible music and then get information from the junkie / snitch about what's going down in the jungle and go there in hopes of rescuing Mary before it's too late.

Franco had great moments during his career (mostly in the Gothic horror and erotica genres) but he was NO action director. The guy just doesn't know how to pace these kind of films, nor any clue how to stage fight scenes or generate excitement. He also couldn't make a proper cannibal / native tribe movie if his life depended on it as earlier films like CANNIBALS and DEVIL HUNTER can solemnly attest. And so it comes as no surprise that this attempt to combine both is extremely dull, painfully slow and horribly unconvincing on every conceivable level. The native tribe in this one is just like the native tribes in all other Franco movies. There's only one female, they attempt to cover up the fact they're multi-ethnic with face paint and they're all hilariously clad in cheetah-print caveman loin cloths. One has gold chains around his neck and a pirate skull necklace (?!) and another elderly tribe member can put tigers to sleep by screaming and dances around going "badda boo badda yo yo."

The only attempt at real action is at the very end when the good guys try to save the captive but even these scenes are so dull and pathetic they don't even deliver unintentional laughs. At least half of the film (which runs just 84 minutes) consists of people walking around in the forest bickering. Hell, it doesn't even really have that much nudity, something Franco can usually be relied upon to deliver.

The opening credits list Yvonne Manuel, Mabel Escano, Michel Ross, Jose Lamas, Karin Dior, Augustin Garci, Diego Porta, James Tall and Lina Romay as the stars, but most of the actors are actually the same people starring in Franco's hardcore porn films around this same time. The only VHS release I'm aware of was on the Icaro Video label. Bootleg titles are "White Slave" and "White Jungle Slave," though the film was never dubbed, subtitled or released outside of Spain... and chances are it never will be!


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