Amazonia: The Catherine Miles Story / Schiave bianche: violenza in Amazzonia (1985)

2.5 out of 5

Love blossoms beneath the canopy as Catherine Miles, eighteen, goes native amongst a tribe of Bohemian Rhapsody prog-wigged headhunter types while plotting revenge for the demise of her parents in this fictional, though attempting to pass itself off as true, attempt at a Cannibal Holocaust type thingamajig.

The National Geographic style jungle and animal footage is fascinating enough but the story is little more than a lightweight slice of Green Inferno based whimsy albeit with the occasional, yet ultimately futile, attempt at scaring the viewer with a parade of unconvincing disembodied papier-mâché noggins.

A soft focus romantic finale plays like a love scene from the British Wendy Craig led romantic comedy series Butterflies. It is saccharin sickly sweet, in an overwhelming essence of Himalayan Balsam kind of way, and barf bags may prove more necessary for this needlessness than for any of the earlier, cheaply executed, attempts at visceral shock.

Play Motel director Mario Gariazzo helms this excuse for Elvire Audray from Ironmaster to walk around, playing a flute a lot near a riverbank, in various degrees of disrobement.

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