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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mariella Valentini ...
Lisa Slivak
Cyrus Elias ...
Dr. Santos
Mariangélica Ayala ...
Antonella Angelucci ...
Tullio Cavalli
Vilma Ramia
Enrique Soto
Salomon Slivak
Gustavo Camacho
Samantha Ceballos
Sosimo Hernandez


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1 September 1990 (South Korea)  »

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Gods of Maya  »

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Second of only two horror films by Italian director Marcello Avallone. The other one is "Specters" (1987). See more »

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Marcello Avallone's best horror movie (out of the two he has made).
23 August 2015 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Of the nine films directed by Marcello Avallone, only two were horrors: the first was an unremarkable demonic movie by the name of Specters, which not only suffered from a dull and utterly nonsensical plot, but offered little in the way of genuine scares, and even failed to compensate with that staple of 80s Italian horror, OTT gore. That film was followed two years later by Maya, which was just as incomprehensible, if not more-so (that ending! WTF?), but at least presented viewers with a unique setting, a reasonable amount of atmosphere, and more than enough nasty violence to satisfy the gore-hounds (along with plenty of gratuitous female nudity for thems that like it).

Mariella Valentini plays Lisa Slivak, who travels to Venezuela to identify the body of her father, who has died in mysterious circumstances. As Lisa investigates, with the help of rather unlikeable local lothario Peter (Peter Phelps), numerous people begin to die in unusual and gruesome ways. Quite who or what is behind these bizarre deaths is beyond me—the plot is kinda hard to fathom out—but the killings are both creative and sadistic: a would-be rapist has his leg crushed by a truck before getting his head impaled by a metal pole, a naked Latino hottie gets her face bashed in by unseen forces while in the bath (her nose splitting open as it hits the edge of the tub), and another victim is suspended by fishing hooks in her neck. To add to the nastiness, there's also a stomach churning scene where a 'finger-wrestler' has his fighting digit snapped in two (blood spurting from the messy wound), and a strange ritual that sees a man vomiting up live snakes (similar to those weird Hong Kong black magic movies of the early 80s).

5.5 out of 10, rounded up to 6 for IMDb.

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