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Woman from Deep River

Italy 1981
produced by
Mino Loy, Luciano Martino for Dania Film, Medusa Produzione, National Cinematografica
directed by Umberto Lenzi
starring Giovanni Lombardo Radice (as John Morghen), Lorraine De Selle, Danilo Mattei (as Bryan Redford), Zora Kerova, Walter Lucchini (as Walter Lloyd), Meg Fleming, Robert Kerman, Janos Bartha (as John Bartha), Venantino Venantini, El Indio Rincon, Jack Teague, Riccardo Petrazzi, Perry Pirkanen
written by Umberto Lenzi, music by Budy Maglione (= Maria Famma Maglione), special effects by Gino De Rossi

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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To prove there is no such thing as cannibalism for her thesis, Gloria (Lorraine de Selle) decdes to go to the Amazon jungle, where she has learned about cases of cannibalism, and she takes her brother Rudy (Danilo Mattei) and the dumb blonde Pat (Zora Kerova) with her.

Soon enough, our trio stumble over the first corpses, and then they even meet two other white men, Mike (Giovanni Lombardo Radice) and the seriously injured Joe (Walter Lucchini), who tell them some wild tales about cannibals. Weirdly enough, despite of all these wild tales, the five ouf them decide to go to the cannibal village to nurse Joe back to health, and not even the corpses, which seem to litter the village in abundance, seem to warn them. They just think as long as the warriors are out hunting, they will be safe. Hell they even confiscate a few houses from the nabtives as their own, and soon enough, Mike persuades 'Pat to join him in raping a girl. Only when Mike then wants to cut up the girl too does it get too much for Pat.

Soon enough, Joe dies, but not before telling Gloria and Rudy a terrible secret: He and Mike were on an expedition to find emeralds, and for some reason, a native has told them where to find some ... but somehow, once there Mike and Joe couldn't find any, which is when Mike started to torture the natives, even castrated one of them and let him bleed to death ...

Now that's shocking enough, but then the natives return, and they soon make Gloria, Rudy, Mike and Pat their captives, and since they don't know who are the good and the bad guys, they treat them all equally cruel: Rudy is murdered at an attempt to flee and later turned into dinner, Mike is tied up and castrated, just like he did it to one of the natives, only his wound is treated so he won't bleed to death and can suffer some more (eventually he is killed when the top of his skull is cut off so the natives can feed on his brains). Pat has hooks driven through her breasts on which she is hung to her death. Fate seems to have mercy only with Gloria, who is freed by a sympathetic native before anything too cruel can be done to her. The native also helps her flee, but is killed by a death trap his own tribe ahs set to prevent its casptives from fleeing. Gloria though eventually makes it to the river, where she is picked up and brought to safety bysome hunters.

Back in New York, she is honoured for her thesis which proves that there is no such thing as cannibalism, but violence against the natives only creates the appropriate counter-violence.

For some reason, an unrelated subplot about a woman (Meg Fleming), who was once mike's lover but who has to lean that he is a drug dealer and who tries to track him down in the jungle without any success, is thrown into the film as well.

With Deep River Savages, a fairly decent if violent adventure movie, director Umberto Lenzi sort of created the Italian cannibal genre back in 1972. This 1981 effort of the same man though is decidedly bottom drawer. The story is nothing short of silly, the actors are uniformly bad, and some of them are so unlikeable you really want them to die, and the cannibal atrocities are just cruelty by the numbers, with the usual (much more unsettling because they are real) animal killings thrown into the mix.

And what's even worse, unlike Lenzi's Eaten Alive from the previous year, this one isn't even unintentionally funny.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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