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Massacre in Dinosaur Valley (1985)

Nudo e selvaggio (original title)
A plane crashes in the Amazon jungle, and its passengers must battle their way through cannibals, slave traders, wild animals and murderous piranha fish to safety.

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(as Michael E. Lemick)

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(story) (as Michael E. Lemick), (screenplay) (as Michael E. Lemick)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Sopkiw ...
Kevin Hall
Suzane Carvalho ...
Eva Ibañez (as Susane Carvall)
Milton Rodríguez ...
Capt. John Heinz (as Milton Morris)
Marta Anderson ...
Betty Heinz
Joffre Soares ...
Josè (as Joffrey Soares)
Gloria Cristal ...
Myara
Susan Hahn ...
Belinda (as Susie Hahn)
Maria Reis ...
Monica (as Mary Reis)
Andy Silas ...
China
Leonidas Bayer ...
Prof. Pedro Ibañez (as Leonid Bayer)
Carlos Imperial ...
China
Samuka ...
Native Chief (as Samuca)
Ney Pen ...
Native
Adalberto Silva ...
Hotel Desk Clerk (as Albert Silva)
Jonas Dalbecchi ...
Carlito
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Storyline

Michael Sopkiw hitches a ride to Brazil to dig up some dinosaur bones. Once in Brazil he gets in a few tangles with the locals and manages to secure a ride on a charter flight deep into Amazonia. All hell breaks loose as the plane crashes deep in the heart of the jungle, leaving Sopkiw, megalomaniac Soares, and a bunch of super models on their own to trek back to society. The group runs into cannibals, quick sand, murderous animals, and a renegade mine run by slave owners. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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A journey into the cannibal inferno


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Trivia

Most of the native cannibals in the movie were played by Brazilian military men on shore leave. See more »

Goofs

The shotgun Kevin uses is a nine shot, 10-gauge shotgun (as specified in the DVD commentary). However, in one scene, he fires it over twenty times without reloading. See more »

Quotes

Myara: Do you really want to escape?
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The names of the cast are not shown in the closing credits. See more »

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References Cannibal Holocaust (1980) See more »

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Superb jungle adventure - so daft it's awesome!
28 April 2006 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

In order to cash in on the success of Umberto Lenzi's Cannibal Ferox, this film has been released under the title 'Cannibal Ferox 2', and personally I can't understand why they would do that - because how could anyone resist a film with 'Massacre in Dinosaur Valley' as its title? That title is somewhat misleading, as it refers to a section in the Amazon where there are fossilised dinosaur remains, and so unfortunately; there are none of the giant beasts in this film. It's hard to deny that this jungle adventure is a bad film, but it's a LOT of fun, and I don't hesitate to name this film as one of my favourites of the Italian cannibal subgenre for that very reason. The film is more along the lines of adventure flicks such as Sergio Martino's Mountain of the Cannibal God than disgusting gore flicks like Cannibal Holocaust and Cannibal Ferox. The plot follows a palaeontologist who hitches a lift to Dinosaur Valley. However, the plane ends up going down - and then we follow the palaeontologist along with two fashion models, a professor's daughter, a Vietnam Vet and some guy with a moustache as they try to get out alive.

The main reason why this film works is because of a hilarious lead performance from Michael Sopkiw. His performance is half Kurt Russell and half Treat Williams; so as you can imagine, every scene he features in is a treat. He's not believable in the slightest as a palaeontologist, but he plays his role as a 'courageous' American perfectly, and his action scenes are carried off well. The film features all the sex and gore that is synonymous with the Italian cannibal films. The gore isn't as strong or relentless as in some of the others, but the scenes that do feature are more than worthwhile for the gore fan. There's a lesbian sex scene, which is always nice and most of the female cast end up baring their breasts. Director Michele Massimo Tarantini does a good job of creating the jungle setting, as the locations look realistic, thus making it easy to believe that the characters really are in a desperate situation. This film won't do much for people who are expecting a sick gore fest, but providing you go into Massacre in Dinosaur Valley knowing that it's a somewhat tongue in cheek adventure film; there's a lot of fun to be had. I know for sure that I'll find myself enjoying this one again.


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