Emmanuelle on Taboo Island / La spiaggia del desiderio (1976)

1.5 out of 5

Beyond the casting of Laura Gemser in a starring role this co-production from Venezuela and Italy has nothing whatsoever to do with the Joe D'amato franchise beyond an exploitative retitling to cash in on an already exploitative series of films.

A heroin addict washes up on a desert island where a father, son and daughter live happily in a hut and survive on the bounty of the forest while playing a frottage powered game of Blue Lagoon for entertainment only for all to learn that four is indeed a crowd and a ménage à quatre may just be that step too far even for the ever so slightly unorthodox tastes of the irredeemably incestuous.

For the most part the film is a bizarre and yet tedious romance but goes out with a bang as a classic manhunt occurs in the jungle involving blowpipes, a harpoon gun, machetes and the like. The demise of Arthur Kennedy features an hilarious dummy fall and the film closes with a settlement where brother and sister can fish, live happily ever after sans father and continue to play their rubbing game while the visitor can return to the city and his dance with lady heroin. It's all pretty warped really.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics