Massacre in Dinosaur Valley / Nudo e selvaggio (1985)

2.5 out of 5

Even though it was released in Britain as Cannibal Ferox II viewers should not be fooled into placing Massacre in Dinosaur Valley in the same category as the earlier wave of Italian cannibal film. This jungle action adventure is far lighter in tone.

Probably closer to Indiana Jones than Cannibal Holocaust this Michael Sopkiw vehicle pushes all the right buttons for jungle adventure enthusiasts including bringing the viewer the peril of crocodiles, snakes, quicksand and even the occasional cannibal.

Despite it's largely frivolous tone the violence within the feature is pretty dark with the results of a piranha attack being especially memorable. The action is interspersed with plenty of nudity.

Director Michele Massimo Tarantini also helmed the policewoman series of comedies starring Edwige Fenech. Former model and star of this feature Suzane Carvalho went on to compete in motor racing.

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