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Decent story about an eighteen year old student visiting her parents in the Amazon. On a cruise down the river her boat is attacked and her parents are beheaded as she is taken captive by the natives. As she tells the details of her captivity to a court while on trial for murder she provides the tales of strange tribal customs and barbarism. Told mockumentary style (ala Cannibal Holocaust), Slave is a halfway decent attempt to give a little narrative force to the ample nudity and rather tame violence. The photography is nice and the acting is passable but the court scenes are rather laughable because the prosecutor says some seriously stupid things. A good way to pass the time if you are into cannibal flicks or a fan of exploitation.
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**SOME SPOILERS**Kathy is your typical rubber plantation
owner's daughter. Though schooling in England, she returns to
the Amazon for summer vacation with her parents and scheming
aunt and uncle. Her parents are killed and beheaded, and she is
kidnapped by a tribe. She must do the bidding of the old guy in the
tribe before he is killed by the hottie warrior who has fallen in love
with her, and who she thinks killed her parents. Kathy integrates
herself into the tribe, learning the language and local customs.
She figures out, a year after we do, that her aunt and uncle killed
her parents, her adopted tribe ONLY beheaded them. She goes
back for some bloody revenge, is arrested, and the film is a
flashback of her trial. In the end, she is all respectable and such,
but still pines for the fjords...I mean, the jungle.
This is pure unadulterated exploitation. The blood flows freely and the clothes drop often. The Italian director took a pseudonym in the credits, always a good sign, and most of the cast names are bastardized English versions of foreign names.
We are treated to not one but four on camera beheadings. The lead actress is topless for the last three quarters of the film. There is rape, helicopters, blow guns, the trial, a tribe of cannibals, and an alligator attack. This is also one bad film.
The film makers have the gumption to swear this is based on a true story, showing semi-documentary scenes that are obviously staged. This makes "Midnight Express" look like "Monsters Inc."
Not much else can be said about this. It's gross, graphic, and strangely watchable. I will not recommend it, but if Ilsa of the SS is your type of thing, give "White Slave" a try.
This is unrated, but contains strong physical violence, gun violence, sexual violence, very strong gore, mild profanity, strong female nudity, male nudity, some sexual content, and sexual references.
Though it is not great, and can not even be compared to Cannibal Ferox
or Cannibal Holocaust, AMAZONIA is a pretty good film. It is more of a
(gory) drama/action film rather then a horror film, but I think that
most fans of the Italian splatter Cannibal films will enjoy this movie.
The main character in this film is a young, eighteen year old girl. This girl has gone to visit her family. Her family lives way out there in the middle of no where, out by the amazon. They all decide to take a ride on the boat. But, they go too far, and they are attacked by an amazon tribe. Everyone is killed, accept for the young girl. She is kidnapped, and taken deep into the amazon. Now, she must either find a way to escape, or be forced to live in the amazon with head hunters.
Though the violent scenes are kind of spread out, when they do happen they are very brutal and gory. If you like the old Italian cannibal films, then you will enjoy Amazonia.
Mario Gariazzo's "Amazonia:The Katherine Miles Story"(1986)is an Italian exploitation film set in the Amazon.Supposedly based on a true story it has plenty of gore,but no actual cannibalism.Elvire Audray plays an 18 years old girl abducted by native tribe and she is pretty terrible actress.Fortunately she is naked through most of the film,so fans of sleaze won't be disappointed.The gore is pretty good(there are numerous decapitation scenes,stabbings etc.)and the film has an obligatory animal cruelty scene.So if you're a fan of Italian exploitation cinema or cannibal sub-genre give this one a look-just don't expect another "Cannibal Holocaust"(1979).
White Slave starts off looking like it's going to be a really lame
pastiche of Cannibal Holocaust, what with an opening montage of the
Amazon set to ho-hum music imitating Riz Ortolani's famous score for
that other film. And actually it stays lame for a fair while - but then
it gets good! Amazon headhunters ambush the boat of some well-to-do
white landowners and their daughter, who's back fresh from studying in
London. They remove the heads of the parents and drag the daughter back
to their village, where gradually (and after much gnashing of teeth by
all concerned) she's absorbed into their tribal lifestyle - which never
seems to involve any more headhunting for the rest of the film, but
don't dwell on that.
The film makes sure to include a little bit from all of the major food groups of this horror subgenre: gore, hazardous jungle treks, badly graded stock footage of wildlife, animals stupidly killing each other for real, tribal warfare, cruel and probably entirely fictitious tribal customs and punishments meted out left, right and centre, and plenty of nudity. Interestingly, there's no cannibalism at all. While the first third of the film really seems to be going through the motions with these things, there's a whole bunch of plot from then onwards and dare I say a good degree of human warmth. Once Catherine is fully ensconced in the tribe, she deals with character rivalries, tribal customs and conflicting loyalties and emotions. There's some honour and romance at stake, plus a minor mystery to be dealt with and revenge to be had. White Slave mobilises from being an extremely by-the-numbers exploitation film to one with an involving story and human qualities you can get into. You still have to put up with one of the silliest court trials in the world (it's used as a framing device), but overall, I found this film to be a pleasant surprise.
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I think most fans of cannibal/jungle type films will agree that
Cannibal Holocaust is the Granddaddy of the genre. Amazonia: The
Catherine Miles Story was originally marketed as a sequel to that film.
But, Cannibal Holocaust it ain't. To my surprise, most of the reviews
of Amazonia that I've read have been positive. And while I certainly
found elements of the film enjoyable in the way that only a good
exploitation film can be, there are far too many problems I have with
the film for me to consider it much more than average at best.
- The Gore: If you're a fan of the red stuff, Amazonia delivers. While the total number of scenes of gratuitous gore may be fewer than in some other films of this type, the gore is very well done and, for the most part, reasonably realistic. I was especially impressed with a scene depicting a human head being cut off. There are scenes in this movie that are definitely not for the squeamish.
- Plot Ideas: It may not be completely original, but I liked the idea of the kidnapped young girl living with and growing in the Headhunter society. It presents the opportunities for some interesting set-pieces.
What Doesn't Work:
- It's Not Really a Cannibal Film: Regardless of how it was marketed, Amazonia isn't really a cannibal movie. The film's only real cannibals are dispatched within five minutes of making their appearance.
- The Acting: Elvire Audray as Catherine Miles is positively wretched. Everything she does and says further reinforces the notion that she's a second rate actress. The rest of the acting is no better. One look at the courtroom scenes should be enough to demonstrate to anyone just how bad the acting is.
- A Sappy Love Story: If I sit down to watch a trashy, Euro-cannibal film, I want a trashy, Euro-cannibal film. Unfortunately, Amazonia is full of too many melodramatic, sappy moments. And that ending is straight out of a Lifetime movie. It's beyond ridiculous.
- The Headhunters: I hate to compare any film of this genre with Cannibal Holocaust, but it's hard not to. The cannibals in Cannibal Holocaust look like the real deal wild, savage, dirty, and all but alien. In contrast, the natives in Amazonia are too clean. Most look like they've just had a shower, a shave, and a hair cut. And am I seriously supposed to believe that one of these Headhunters knows English (or Italian or whatever language)? That must have been some kind of correspondence class she was taking.
Overall, Amazonia is a weak film when compared with other movies of its ilk. It's neither as good and powerful as Cannibal Holocaust nor is it as silly and fun as something like Massacre in Dinosaur Valley. If you're a fan of this kind of movie you might find something worthwhile, but, overall, it's liable to be a disappointing experience.
WHITE SLAVE has some decent elements and originality going for it. The story is about a girl who's lost in the jungle after her boat is attacked and her parents are killed. She ends up becoming part of a tribe because she has no choice and can't escape. One of the tribesman takes her as his wife, and he ends up being a pretty decent guy, as savage tribesman go...But she's having no parts of it because she believes it's his fault for the death of her parents. As she learns the tribal language, and her "husband" learns English, the lines of communication open up, and the death of her parents may not be what they seem... Definitely not as memorable as CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST or even CANNIBAL FEROX - but the twist in the story is a welcome change to an otherwise rather straight-forward genre. Not nearly heavy enough on the red stuff for most "gorehounds" tastes, but still worth a look. 7/10
This Italian film with once again more alternative titles than actual
dialogue is a mid-80's exploitation attempt by enthusiast director
Mario Gariazzo, who obviously was deeply impressed by the work of his
fellow Italian filmmakers Rugero Deodato and Umberto Lenzi. It's a
supposedly true story (yeah
sure) about an 18-year-old girl who visits
her parents' plantation in the middle of the Amazon jungle. Shortly
after her arrival, her parents are brutally murdered and beheaded
during a boat ride. The poor cutie is taken prisoner by a savage and
primitive tribe. During two years, she's has to take part in
traditional and barbaric rites of this tribe. She's sold to the richest
man in town (price = one goat and a chicken), has to work and,
eventually, she escapes with the head warrior she has fallen in love
Now, 'Amazonia' isn't a bad little flick but it tries to be so much bigger than it actually is. The entire production seems to shout out: 'Look, we're as good as Cannibal Holocaust!!!' The opening sequences, in which the beautiful jungle is shown guided by a great score, is an exact copy of Deodato's film and throughout the whole film, the same documentary style is used. The film could have done without these pretentious aspects. At his best, Amazonia is like a fairly reasonable crossover between Cannibal Holocaust and Umberto Lenzi's 'Deep River Savages' (in which an Englishman spends years among a primitive tribe in New-Guinea). It's not nearly as memorable as the majority of Italian sleaze classics and that's merely due to the atrocious acting of Elvire Audrey. There's some great gore and terrific authentic sleaze to enjoy, though.
not a bad example of the italian cannibal genre. has many of the standard
exploitation requirements, naked girls and violence, though lacks in the
actual human consumption department as this tribe consists of head hunters
still plenty of gore and a nice musical score . The voice over narration
get annoyingly obvious( as in it states what is happening on screen, or
characters reaction to what they are seeing)but this is a minor
overall, quite entertaining.
This is basically another one of those cannibal/jungle movies. It's true
this movie is nothing but gore and nudity, but that's all you should be
expecting from this kind of movie.
A young girls parents are killed and decapitated (in a fairly gory scene) and she is taken prisoner by a group of headhunters. They strip her and trade her as a slave, so she spends the rest of the movie running through the jungle naked. Unlike a lot of these kinds of movies it actually does have a plot and it's supposedly 'based on a true story'. Definately worth a rental.
If you use words like "atrocious banal" then you probably will not like this movie.
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