The following Blu-ray was provided to my by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
The DC Cinematic universe has had its share of problems. A lot of them are based on the fact they don’t have much continuity. Others are because they are simply all over the place. One film is made for families, the next is a hard R, there’s no rhyme or reason to the mapping to them. However when Wonder Woman hit in 2017 audience reaction changed. People fell in love with the Patty Jenkins film and critics and fans alike called it DC’s best film to date (I disagree w2ith that). It was a no brainer that a sequel would be coming and people around the world waited. Unfortunately the pandemic hit so we waited a little longer. Then longer again. Then in the smartest move I have seen WB announced that their new releases would stream on HBO Max the day of the theatrical release. It was fantastic. No more waiting till God Knows when to see a film. I mean a few I have been waiting for are almost 2 years delayed at this point. HBO Max garnered tons of new subscribers as Wonder Woman 1984 was going to be the first blockbuster to hit the service.
Wonder Woman 1984 takes place in 1984 of course. Gal Gadot returns as Wonder Woman and Patty Jenkins returns to the directors chair. This time we find Wonder Woman aka Diana Prince working at the Smithsonian where she pines for her lost love Steve Trevor while being envied by a new shy co worker named Barbara Minerva. Wonder Woman comes in hot stopping a robbery at said museum. The bad guys were trying to steal a Dreamstone. It’s a real ugly crystal with a inscription caved into it. Diana and her Barbara are asked to identify the stolen items and they both essential are granted one wish. Barbara wants to be like Diana. Not knowing that Diana is Wonder Woman she is given super powers. Diana wishes that Steve wasn’t dead, so he gets brought back to life in another person’s body.
Now while this is going on an evil businessman named Max Lorenzano manages to steal the stone from Barbara. He wants to absorb its powers so he can grant himself wishes, and he wants to become rich and powerful. He actually has the best plan for the item, and it works. Problem is the stone was made by Dolos, the “Duke of Deception” and every time you use the stone bad things will happen to you. Max begins to grow old, bet he has a plan because he’s the smartest character in this film. He will grant wishes to steal life force from people to get back to normal. Barbara begins transforming in a cheetah human hybrid for some reason, but she keeps the super powers. Wonder Woman is slowly losing her powers however and gets a nice beatdown from Barbara, who is now working with Max in the process. Luckily new Steve tells her to wish him back to being dead so she can regain her powers and save the world.
I wont lie, this film is a mess. Its colorful, which I believe was one of the high marks for the first film, and the acting is good, it’s just not a very exciting film. The set pieces look good, and it has that 80’s vibe that’s so popular these days but the lack of action really hurts it. It has a good opening, middle, and end, but with close to a 2 hour and 30 minute runtime there is just to much dead time in between. Kristen Wiig is the high point as Cheetah. I would have loved to have seen more of her, or at least been given more insight into her backstory. Gal Godot does a fine job again as Wonder Woman, and the two action sequences the two ladies have against one another are both great. The story of bringing Chris Pine back as Steve Trevor was flat in my opinion. I see from a storytelling standpoint why it was done, it just didn’t work for me, and that could be because I was an avid reader of the original run of comics.
If you didn’t not go to the few theaters that are open, and you missed its run on HBO Max you now have a chance to pick it up on Blu-ray from Warner Brothers. I watched it streaming, and again on Blu-ray and I must say this Blu-ray is gorgeous. The film may lack action, but its visuals are outstanding. This is a true comic book film. The special effects are mind blowing. Everything comes to life in terms of the picture and the sound. You can hear Wonder Woman’s Lasso whipping around in your surround sound. This is a visually stunning film, that makes for an amazing disc.
Not as exciting as the first, but die hard fans will enjoy it. Like I said, great acting and effects, just not enough action for the run time. I =f you’re a superhero fans its definitely something to watch, I just found it to be inferior to the first film. Hopefully part 3 which has already been greenlit will pick it back up.
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars!
Monster Hunter is a science fiction action film directed by Paul W.S Anderson, loosely based on the Monster Hunter series of video games. The plot sees a group of soldiers be transported to a world unlike our own, with the major difference being cat people and giant monsters.
So before we get into this review I just want to say I have not really played A Monster Hunter game before so I can’t say how faithful this film is or isn’t to the games. I can say that some of the elements that I have heard people talk about seem to bleed over.
Paul W.S Anderson gets a lot of very unnecessary hate as a director, I really don’t get it, with the exception of Pompeii, and the final Resident Evil film I have enjoyed everything he has done, and this is no different. Very much like Zack Snyder or Michael Bay, Anderson’s focus is on the visuals rather than the plot and as long as you understand that going in and check your expectations you are usually in for an entertaining time.
I think the best part of this film is the action scenes, both in terms of fighting the giant monsters (that actually look pretty good), and also in terms of the hand to hand fight scenes: in particularly I think the fight scene between Mila Jovovich’s Artemis and Tony Jaa’s Hunter is truly well done and the action feels very connective and visceral; I tip my hat to the choreographer.
Overall, an entertaining time with some nice visuals and fight choreography, is it going to be the best film you have ever seen? No. Though there are worse ways to spend an hour and forty-five minutes.
The fight scenes
Faithful to certain elements of the games
A little bland at times
The story is very meh
Reviewed by Luke
lukebarnes1886 Film Review, Science Fiction, Action
The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
When I first found out Doom Patrol was getting its own show I was shocked. How could such a weird, and lets be honest, not very good comic get greenlit for a television show? On top of that it was going to the new DC Service, which was not setting the world on fire either. But I have to say that all changed a few minutes into their first show, Titans. Titans was amazing, and we get introduced to the Doom Patrol in the first season. This of course was the set up for their own show which turned out to be amazing. HBO was quick to snatch it up, eventually picking up Titans as well. Now Doom Patrol Season 1 was fantastic, one of the best superhero shows on the air, and I’m glad to say Season 2 does not disappoint.
Season 2 starts off right after the events of season one with Cliff, Cyborg, Rita, Dorothy, and Caulder all still shrunk and livening in Cliffs racetrack. Unable to restore them Larry is unsure what to do. So Caulder reaches out to Willoughby Kipling for help. Kipling tells him he can restore everyone but it will cost him his talisman of immortality. Caulder agrees and the team is restored to their normal sizes. While this is all ongoing the group is now forced to find a way to restore Caulders immortality as he is no longer in possession of the talisman. One top of that they have to deal with Dorothy, who does not have control of her powers. In fact there is something evil inside her trying to get out.
The season ventures off into time travel, disco parties, fighting pain demons, the usual stuff you have come to expect from Doom Patrol. What this season does the most, is focus on the characters themselves. Cliff, still my favorite drops more “F” bombs than any character in movie and or tv land. He is trying to search out his daughter, who is still alive. He does manage to find her, but things don’t really go his way. Cyborg is questioning, and hating parts of his life for being, well, part human, part cyborg. He finds solace when he meets a disabled war vet named Roni. Everyone is loaded down with not only their emotional baggage, but the fact they still all feel betrayed Niles, who as it turns out was not only responsible for creating the Doom Patrol, but for orchestrating the events that all lead to them needing their alterations. Also they have to stop a bad guy named Candlemaker and all of Dorothy’s imaginary friends from destroying the world.
To say this is a weird show is an understatement. Its may be the strangest thing I have ever watched, and I love every second of it. Everything in insanity to the 11th degree. And I cannot praise Brendan Fraser enough. His voice work as Cliff is the highlight of this show. In fact it may be the highlight of my television enjoyment in general. Hilariously filthy, Cliff spews such a string of profanity you have to crack up every time he is on screen. He’s the star of this show, and I would not be shocked if he didn’t start to appear in more DC Shows thanks to the entire multiverse. I like to think of Doom Patrol as the weirder, more vulgar, and more emotional version of Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy.
Streaming now on its new home HBO Doom Patrol is binge worthy greatness even if you are not a super hero fan. If you don’t have HBO you can now own the second (as well as the first) season on Blu-ray from the fine folks at Warner Brothers. All 9 episodes are here and they look amazing. The Blu-ray is terms of video and audio is second to none. Everything comes to life not only visually, but from your speakers as well. In my opinion this is the best way to watch the show.
Top to bottom a fantastic show that you need to be watching. It may very well be the best show on television. Pick it up today.
Overall 4 out of 5 stars!
The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
When I was 12 I went and saw Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. I loved it funny, juvenile, and if you got back and watch it, surprisingly innocent. In fact the film was rated PG which was unusual for the time as most Teen comedies had the hard R rating slapped on them. Bill and Ted was the story of two friends who traveled through time picking up historical figures to pass a history exam. It was crucial they pass, because if Ted failed he would be sent to military school thus breaking up their band, “The Wyld Stallions”. See in the future their music united the world bringing peace and changing the planet into a true utopian society. Naturally this needed to happen so they were visited from the future by Rufus (The late George Carlin) and given a time traveling phone booth to go through time to pass their history test. The film was a hit and a sequel was made entitled Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey where the due must escape the afterlife following being killed by evil robot replicas sent from the future to alter history. The film concluded where, after using the time booth, they learned to play and united the world. Flash forward to 2020 and we are now treated to the third film in the series entitled Bill and Ted Face the Music.
Turns out the Bill and Ted still, in 2020 have not yet written their one great song that will unite the world. That’s very unfortunate as because of this the world is beginning to collapse. After a very unsuccessful gig they begin to wonder if they ever will write their one great song. Their lives are not going great either, as their wives are basically sick of them at this point. Luckily for them they are visited one night by Kelly, the daughter of Rufus who takes them to The Great Leader. She informs Bill and Ted they have until 7:17 to write their song or reality as they know it will collapse. They know they cant write a hit song in a matter of hours so they use the old time travel phone booth in the hopes of going to the future and stealing the song they need from themselves.
Things get slightly crazy from here. As they find out their future selves are essentially losers who blame their past selves for their wives leaving them Bill and Ted have to keep traveling farther ahead in time. While this is going on The Great Leader comes up with an idea to simply have Bill and Ted killed hoping that will somehow restore balance. Now while all of this is happening Bill and Ted’s daughters, Billie and Thea decide to take Kelly’s time machine and bring back the greatest musicians from history to help their fathers write the song. This goes ok until Dennis, the robot sent to kill Bill and Ted ends up killing their daughters, then inadvertently killing Bill and Ted as well. This sends the entire group to hell for some reason where they meet back up with Death. Together they must reform their original band and finish the song to save the world.
The film has a lot going on to say the least. But it all works out. Not only story wise, but for the audience as well. Bill and Ted Face the Music has the same good natured heart that the original film did. It doesn’t rely on dirty jokes and sexual references. No, all these years later Bill and Ted is a simple feel good family friendly comedy. And to be honest its exactly what is needed in todays current climate. Its funny, touching, and the chemistry between Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter is simply amazing. Its as if these characters haven’t aged a day. Throwing in the addition of their daughters only added to the overall charm of the film.
Sadly the film did not get a chance to shine at the box office due to the pandemic but it did get a limited run as a few theaters were open at the time, and it got a good run on VOD. I believe if it had gotten a full run, as it was planned to, and things were normal it would have been a huge box office success. Well now if you didn’t do the route of VOD you can watch it on Blu-ray thanks to the new Warner Brothers release, which looks and sounds amazing.
This is a fantastic film, one that will live on for generations, much like the first two films in the series have. Fun, sweet, and just all a round good hearted Bill and Ted Face The Music is a definite must see. Pick it up and enjoy.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars!
You know the feeling when you watch a movie and go “What the hell did I just watch?” Well that happened to me years ago when I saw the film Shock Treatment. No not the Rocky Horror follow up, that simply made me cringe. I am talking about the 1973 Alain Jessua classic. In fact I had to watch it three times. Its not that its hard to follow, its just a bit out there. It had been a long time since I saw it so when Severin sent it to me the other night I immediately popped it in to see how my “adult” self would enjoy it. What followed was a rollicking 90min for me, not so much my wife, but definitely me.
Shock Treatment is the story of Helene Masson. She is a high profile owner of an upscale fashion company but her personal life isn’t that great. 38 years old, not married, and recently dumped by her boyfriend. Not a great combination. So she does what anyone would do in that situation. She has a midlife crisis, followed with a mental breakdown. She is feeling old and worthless So her friend Gerome tells her she needs time away to relax and get better and suggests they visit a rejuvenation spa. He convinces her it is just what she needs as he has heard they have an amazing anti-aging therapy and they heads off to the place, which is basically tucked away in the middle of nowhere and ran by two doctors. Dr Devilers, and Dr Bebard.
She travels out and falls in love with the place. She befriends several of the guest as well as Joa, on of the employees who is there illegally from Portugal. She is so happy she begins spending time with him, even speaking with him in Portuguese. She begins using their new anti-age formula and notices spectacular results. Now tis place is expensive and one morning Gerome finds out he cannot cover the bill and they find him dead, apparently of a suicide. This leaves Helen distraught to say the least so she heads out to find Joa to help comfort her. Problem is he seems to have disappeared. In fact a lot of guests have disappeared over time.
Of course this leads to Helene trying to discover what is going on. Especially when the good Doctors tell her she is forbidden to leave. Turns out this magic fountain of youth serum is made from the people who have disappearing. You know body and plasma harvesting. I mean you of course need that to make an anti-age serum. Helen does discover this, so it’s not like I’m giving a major spoiler and she must not only try to stop them, but escape as well.
I still love this film. It does have blood, and nudity like all the exploitation fair of this era but this one relies more on psychological tension, combined of course with an insane plot. The acting is very good especially from Annie Girardot as Helene and Alain Delon as Dr Devilers. The Entire cast works well together and the tension is high throughout the entire film. Everything moves along at a brisk pace and you are never left with a dull moment.
Severin has once again done an outstanding job with the transfer. This is not a dark film so everything comes to life on your television. The score is very well done and really comes alive from your surround sound. Once again they have done an amazing job with the cover art and as I keep telling them they need to make posters of these films they put out. And yes it does have special features as well.
This is another long lost classic from Severin and if you’re a fan of these types of films you need to pre order this one today. Its got a limited edition 2 disc set, which I highly recommend getting before they are gone. Add this one to your collection and get ready for a crazy ride.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!
Severin films is at it again. And yes I mean that in a good way. I always look forward to the newest crop of Severin releases and this title is no exception. Its called Patrick Still Lives, and I am ashamed to say that this is a title that has escaped me all these years. Yes, Severin has once again stumped me with a title. But that’s good, as I could not wait to sit down and watch this one. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed.
Patrick Herschel is a young man, who one morning when standing on the curb with his father, who happens to be a doctor, gets a bottle thrown at him by some people driving by in a car. There arm is definitely strong as the bottle hits him with such power he is knocked out cold and put in a coma. His dad is overcome with grief and takes Patrick home to care for him. Over the years Patrick not only remains in the coma but because of it he begins to develop telekinesis. His father never got over what happened to his son so he decides to get his revenge in one of the most elaborate plots I have ever seen.
See Dr Herschel is not only a top surgeon but he also owns the upscale Herschel Relaxation Resort. A health spa of sorts where Patrick, along with other patients are staying at. Patrick who is along side other comatose patients has been somehow drawing power for these people. He can do the typical move stuff like lift a girls skirt, things like that. He father has been studying his condition and decides to invite a group of people, the people driving in the van who threw the bottle at his son, to the resort to gain his revenge via Patrick’s psychic powers.
The group of people are actually pretty awful so you will never actually feel pity on them. Patrick uses his mental powers to start killing them off one by one. And I must say it is done in very grizzly fashion. Heads decapitated by car windows. Boiled to death in a swimming pool, which has a great make up effect of all the skin melting off. Stabbed to death with a fire poker, you name it. And its not just all violent kills from Patrick. As these are awful people you get plenty of cat fights, drunken abuse, and for some reason or another an ungodly amount of nudity. You even get a sexual assault with a metal rod, that does not end well.
Severin Films in my opinion are doing some of the best transfers in the business today. This film is as crisp and clean as one of todays big budget releases. The video quality is fantastic, and that’s saying something as I’ve a feeling the negative was probably worn over the years. The dark scenes never suffer from a blue tint and everything is smooth as can be. The score is great as well and thanks to Severin the audio is amazing as well. It sounds fantastic coming out of your surround sound. And as Severin always goes above and beyond you get a great looking cover, and yes special features as well.
C’est la Vie – Interview with Actor Gianni Dei
Reversable cover sleeve
This is a totally insane exploration film to say the least, and I mean that in the best way possible. Lets recap, a kid in a coma gets telekinesis and gets revenge on the people he put he their thanks to his grief stricken slightly insane father at a health resort. You can write this this, well someone did, and I am very glad for that fact. If you want a fun evening pick this one up right away. You can pre order it now.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars!
I have mentioned this before. Actually I have mentioned it time and time again. Hammer films are some of the best horror films ever made. Top notch story, acting, atmosphere, score, particle effects, you name it. They were the cream of the crop when it came to horror. Their use of the classic monsters was better than the original counterparts. Dracula was always a main draw for them. In fact the films featuring Dracula and his arch enemy Van Helsing were some of the best films the company made. Very different from their American counterparts, the Hammer films featured a higher emphasis on sexuality, and often much more graphic special effects. One of the early titles was The Brides of Dracula.
Brides of Dracula is the tale of Marianne Danielle. She is a teacher on her way to Transylvania. When her coach approaches a “Haunted” area he simply lets her out and leaves he at a small Inn. She meets Baroness Meinster who takes pity on her and even offers her a place to stay for the night. She is warned by the other towns people not to go, but follows the Baroness home anyway to her castle. She discovers the Baroness has a son, who she keeps chained up in a room in the castle. When Marianne is able to sneak into his room he asks her to free him. She of course agrees but comes to find out from the maid, Greta that he is chained up because he is a vampire, turned by Dracula himself. The Baroness keeps him chained up and brings him young women to feed on. Marianne flees into the night and is found by Van Helsing the following morning.
Turns out Van Helsing was summoned to the town by Father Stepnik, a local priest who has been leery of the Baroness and what goes on in her castle for some time now. Upon his arrival Van Helsing is alerted to a funeral happening for a young girl found dead in the woods in the castle area. He tries to get her father to not bury her, as he sees the bite marks on her throat. He warns the father that if she is burred it will finish the transformation and she will rise from the dead as a vampire. The father does not listen, and later that night what Van Helsing predicted comes true.
Van Helsing and Father Stepnik travel to the castle to discover that not only is the Baroness a vampire but that her son, the Barron has left the castle and has traveled to ask Marianne to be his bride, something that she accepts without thought. Van Helsing must now stop the Baron from making Marianne his bride and contended with the other vampire brides he has taken over the years.
This is a great movie. I saw it as a child and fell in love with it. It still holds up to this day. All of these Hammer films do. The acting, pacing, and overall tone are timeless. I had a great time watching it last night. These films were so far ahead of their time they are right on par, if not better than the current crop of horror films out there today. I was thrilled that Scream Factory has added this to their growing collection. They have done an amazing job. The transfer is breath taking to say the least. The picture is crisp and clear, and the audio is fantastic. Hammer had some of the best scores in terms of horror films and this is no exception. It sounds amazing coming from your speakers. Plus as its Scream Factory they even included special features.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars!
The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brother for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
I’m going to say this right off the bat. Stargirl is a great series. Its fun, fresh, action packed, warm, you name it. It began as a DC Direct show but quickly made its way onto the CW. In fact as of this writing all first run shows from DC have moved to CW and HBO respectfully. Stargirl, actually appeared before her show during the mega Crisis crossover. We only got a quick glimpse but it was enough to show she was going to be a part of the giant universe that DC has created on the small screen.
Stargirl opens hot with the Justice Society of American doing battle with there evil counterparts the Injustice Society of America. This time the Injustice society has the upper hand and they manage to kill all of the heroes. Before Starman, their leader dies he gives his sidekick Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson) his cosmic staff. He wants him to keep it until the staff finds a worthy replacement who can rebuild the Justice Society of America. No in a twist we encounter a little girl named Courtney Whitmore who has just been told her father will not be home for Christmas.
Stargirl then cuts 10 years later where Pat has married Courtney’s mom Barbara and they are all moving back home to where the battle took place, Blue Valley. Courtney is less than thrilled with a new stepdad, a new school, and a new life in general. When she is going through old crates in the basement she stumbles upon the Cosmic Staff that comes to life for her. She immediately bonds with it flying over town and even blowing up a high school jerks car. She asks Pat what it is and he tells her the story of the Justice Society. She becomes convinced that her father was Starman and this staff has chosen her to battle evil. Problem is some of the Injustice Society is still around town and when they hear of the staff one of the members, Brainwave attacks Courtney. Luckily she is saved by Patrick who is inside a giant robot.
The series progresses at a great pace. Courtney becomes Stargirl and with Patrick’s help begins to recruit members for the new Justice Society, all while battling the Injustice Society in the typical villain of the week style, but with the main story continuing for the entire season. The progression of the plot is fantastic. It never once drags for a single episode and the entire cast is incredibly likeable. Brec Bassinger, who plays Courtney / Stargirl is outstanding. She and Wilson have a great chemistry between them. While not as goofy as Legends of Tomorrow, but much more lighter than Flash or Arrow this is a fantastic show for top to bottom.
Warner Brother has released this on Blu-ray and it looks stunning. This really and truly is a comic book come to life. Everything is bright and colorful, even the night scenes come alive especially when showing off the cosmic staff. The score for this is very well done as well. It’s a great superhero score, but with a much lighter tone. Everything bellows from your surround sound and comes to life before your eyes.
This is one of my new favorite DC shows to say the least. It’s a fun ride from beginning to end. Sadly it’s a short season consisting of only 13 episodes, but don’t worry, CW has already picked it up for Season 2. DO yourself a favor and pick this one up right away.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars!
Might as well keep the cannibal film review train going and talk about another new title coming out from the amazing folks over at Severin. This one is right up my alley in terms of overall fun and horror. Think of it as Indian Jones, meets a bunch of half-naked models and fights cannibals. Yeah that about sums it up. I’m talking of course about the 1985 cult classic Massacre in Dinosaur Valley.
Massacre in Dinosaur Valley follows the adventures of Kevin Hall. When we first meet him he is in Brazil looking for long lost dinosaur bones to sell to the highest bidder. He ends up hooking up with a doctor his daughter, two fashion models, and a crazed Vietnam vet and his equally crazy wife to head out to the fabled Dinosaur Valley. Their plane crashes in the deep dark jungle and they soon encounter terrors. Now this is where things not only pick up like any cannibal film, but there are twists in this one.
Our group are of course terrorized by the local cannibal tribe, but also an evil dictator who has a mine there and is using slaves to do his work of smuggling jewels. Throw in some alligators, piranhas, and quicksand and you not only have a gore drenched cannibal film, but you have an action adventure film as well. And did I mention the nudity? In fact This has more nudity than I have ever seen in a cannibal film. Its loaded with gore as well. And not of the cheap variety. It’s very well done and I put it right up there with the likes of Cannibal Ferox and Cannibal Holocaust.
The gore is all here in glorious Blu-ray quality. The highlight, if you will is definitely the eating of ones entrails. So to recap. We have an Indiana Jones style adventure film with cannibals and other various jungle animals killing and eating people. What doesn’t scream amazing about that. Severin has once again done an amazing job with this film. I had seen it years ago but the print was terrible. Not any longer. Severin has restored this to perfection. Everything looks clean and bright. This is a beautiful transfer. Everything comes alive, and when we do have a dark scene it never suffers from the dreaded blue tint that can ruin a film. The score is great. Its upbeat and evil at the same time. It keeps the film moving along and it sounds great coming from your speakers. On top of all of this Severin has special features as well.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars!
I like Cannibal films. Sure there gross outs but there still fun to watch for the most part. Movies like Cannibal Holocaust and Cannibal Ferox are classics in the exploitation / horror community. Sure there are countless others but of course those are the two most famous. Now there is one out there that is actually very much under the radar. It’s an Indonesian cannibal movie, but filmed in the same style as the above mentioned Italian films of this nature. Its called Primitives aka Savage Terror. And one thing I can say, its sure different.
Primitives is about a group of students who decide its best to do their own research on a paper they ae writing about primitive culture and decide to head on out to the jungles and find a savage tribe to write about. That way they can have a great first hand account. Now of course we all know that’s a bad idea. They hop on a little raft, head down river, and after the raft crashes and they become separated, two of them are captured by the local tribe. They are identified as Cannibals, but there surprisingly not as savage as I am used to seeing in these films. They grunt a lot and wear paint but they are actually not all the vicious.
The kids are all captured even though Tommy (The main guy) knows Karate and tries valiantly to fight them off one by one. I say that because they do not just charge him and eat him. No they get locked up and we are lead to believe they are just being held until they can be mutilated an eaten by this group of painted cannibals. Hopefully their friends can find them and save them in time.
Problem is, nothing happens. Nothing. We get a bit of nudity like in all these pictures and a good amount of animals killing animals. Hell we get a great alligator kill scene but the cannibal scenes are really not like the other films. We see gore and killing but there mostly of, like I said, animal, and jungle trap variety. Don’t worry they spike trap scene is great. But there is an awful lot of nothing going on here. In fact there is a large chunk of the film where there is no dialogue at all. I mean it looks good, the plot is there, it just doesn’t really come together like a bloodbath I’m used to seeing in these films.
Severine has plucked this film out of obscurity and are releasing it on Blu-ray. I must say the transfer, like everything they do is spot on. It looks very well in every sense of the word. The outside scenes are bright and colorful never blurry or two grainy, and that’s very impressive given the budget and age of the negative. The audio is crisp and clear and sounds great. In fact one thing I will praise is the score used for this film. Its very haunting and it does help to add a bit of terror to the mood. And as its Severine it even has a nice amount of special features.
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars!