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Welcome to the Jungle (2007)

Two young couples head into the New Guinea wilderness in an effort to find Michael Rockefeller, the heir to the Rockefeller fortune who disappeared in 1961.

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Jonathan Hensleigh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandi Gardiner ... Mandi
Veronica Sywak Veronica Sywak ... Bijou
Callard Harris ... Colby
Nick Richey ... Mikey
John Leonetti ... Helicopter Pilot
Timoci Veremo Timoci Veremo ... Raskol #1 / Highwayman #1
Joseph Sua Joseph Sua ... Raskol #2
Ralph Lulutee Ralph Lulutee ... Raskol #3 / Highwayman #2
Eparama Ketedromo Eparama Ketedromo ... Raskol #4 / Highwayman #3
Josefata Naqota Josefata Naqota ... Raskol #5 / Highwayman #4
Tuvili Tuvili ... Roadblock Toddler
Aseri Kolikata Aseri Kolikata ... Roadblock Toddler Guardian
Banaheheda Nadap Banaheheda Nadap ... Village Interpreter
Robert Atiyafa Robert Atiyafa ... Tribal Elder
Andre Tandjung Andre Tandjung ... Indonesian M.P. #1
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Two young couples head into the New Guinea wilderness in an effort to find Michael Rockefeller, the heir to the Rockefeller fortune who disappeared in 1961.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 2009 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

A dzsungel árnyékában See more »

Filming Locations:

Fiji See more »

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(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Veronica Sywak improvised the moment when she carves her initials on a wall with a knife. See more »

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References Cannibal Holocaust (1980) See more »

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AKA The Blair Witch Holocaust.
12 November 2007 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Welcome To The Jungle is a taut, well made, well acted shock 'mockumentary' that might have been considered a groundbreaking classic of exploitation cinema, if it hadn't been for the fact that not one second of it is in any way original. The pace and directorial style is stolen from The Blair Witch Project, whilst the nihilistic plot and certain visuals are taken from the film that inspired Blair Witch, Ruggero Deodato's infamous Cannibal Holocaust. It is hard to admire something that so shamelessly rips off other genre classics, no matter how well put together it is.

Writer/director Jonathan Hensleigh's extremely derivative plot sees two couples (a pair of hedonists, and their more sensible friends) travel to a cannibal infested jungle to try and find the heir to the Rockefeller fortune, who went missing in the area over 40 years earlier. As the going gets tough, tempers become frayed and arguments inevitably break out. But things really go tits up when one of the group angers the locals by pilfering a skull from a native burial site. The extremely miffed gut-munchers stalk the amateur adventurers and teach them not to go messing with their ancestors' remains.

What follows is undeniably tense, occasionally quite nasty, and technically well handled by cast and crew, but I fail to see how the makers of Welcome To The Jungle expected to present this film without criticism. Perhaps, if it had been as unrelentingly harrowing as Cannibal Holocaust (is that even possible?), fans of extreme horror would have forgiven the plagiarism and admired the film's willingness to shock and disgust. But instead, even the nastiest moment in Hensleigh's film, in which one of the victims is shown impaled on a bamboo pole, is a weak copy of a much more disturbing image in Deodato's movie.

Horror fans who have yet to experience the 'delights' of Cannibal Holocaust or the effectively creepy atmosphere of Blair Witch will probably find much to enjoy about Welcome to the Jungle. However, the rest of us will be annoyed by the bare-faced cheek of its makers. To give it a rating any higher than 5/10 just seems wrong.


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