|TERROR IN THE JUNGLE (directors: Andy Janzack/Tom DeSimone;/Alex Graton; screenwriters: Enrique Torres Tudela/Richard Ogilvie; cinematographers: Lewis Guinn/Mario Tosi/Andy Janzack; editors: Alberto Soria/Tom Mosca; music: Les Baxter/Stan Hofman; cast: Jimmy Angle (Henry Clayton Jr.), Fawn Silver (Marion); Runtime: 95; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Enrique Torres Tudela; Sinister Cinema; 1968)|
|"For those who love bad films that
are unintentionally a hoot, this one stands out."
by Dennis Schwartz
those who love bad films that are unintentionally a
hoot, this one stands out. It was filmed
in the Jivaros Region in the Amazon Jungle of Peru.
The cheesy script by Enrique
Torres Tudela is
terrible, the dialogue is goofy and the acting is just
father of 4-year-old Henry Clayton Jr.
(Jimmy Angle) puts him alone on a plane
in Los Angeles to Rio de Janeiro to see his estranged
mother. The passengers includes two nuns taking back
to Rio in a coffin their Mother Superior, three rock
musicians sporting guitars and silly wigs, a
murderess cleared of murdering her bank robber hubby
and leaving the country with the loot in a suitcase, a
mogul and a starlet. The musicians sing their hit song
the plane and the sexy starlet dances in the aisles.
When the plane runs out of fuel due to a tech
malfunction, it crashes in the Amazon River of Peru.
One nun falls out of the plane, most are killed when
the plane explodes and some are eaten in the swamps by
crocodiles. The only survivor is the bratty kid, who
navigates the river in a coffin. This segment was
directed by Tom DeSimone
(Reform School Girls), in his
directorial debut. He has written that he's
ashamed he got roped into doing such a bad
Janzack directs the sequence in
the jungle, where the kid is captured by the
cannibal tribe of Jivaro Indians,
descendants of the Incas. They believe
the little blonde boy is the son of their god
INTI. However, their chief Riolama doesn't
trust the kid and plans to sacrifice him to
the gods. But the kid clutches his stuffed
leopard, which suddenly becomes a real tiger
and kills the chief.
the accident reaches his parents, who come to
Lima, where dad organizes a search party.
Catholic missionaries join the search in the
jungle. The search party soon finds the boy
safe in a bed of quicksand, crying out for
Alex Graton directed the colorful segment of the Incan temple dance, with the kid seated on a throne.
REVIEWED ON 2/12/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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